Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide (01/31) + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: WestVillage

Today’s “Fab 5”/ Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, JAN. 31, 2014

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
♦ “Notable NYC Events-Jan”, and also “on Broadway”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦  For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.

“Among the diverse offerings during the festival’s forty-second iteration are films about the teacher Martha Hill, the music-video choreographer Vincent Paterson, the tap dancer Derick Grant, and the Bharata Natyam veteran Malavika Sarukkai. There’s rare footage of Rudolph Nureyev and of mid-twentieth-century ice-skating spectaculars. Especially notable is “Creative Domain,” a rare glimpse into the rehearsal process of Paul Taylor.” (NewYorker listings)
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Visit for full schedule.

Tony winner Patina Miller’s flawless performance as the iconic Leading Player in the Broadway revival of Pippin won her the coveted title of 2013 Best Actress in a Musical. The reigning queen of Broadway lends her powerful vocals, alluring stage presence, and infectious energy to her New York solo concert debut in an evening of the music she loves.
Allen Room, Broadway at 60th St.
212-721-6500 /

Friday Night in Harlem: A Tribute to Duke Ellington
“In celebration of Black History Month, the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce will pay tribute to the jazz legend Duke Ellington, with performances by the Manhattan School of Music Swing Jazz Orchestra, Cecil Bridgewater, Arturo O’Farrill and the Grammy Award-winner Regina Belle. Gospel performances will feature the Mass Choir of First Corinthian Baptist Church, which will be joined by the singer-songwriter Valerie Simpson of Ashford and Simpson.” (NYT listings)
Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th St.
At 7 p.m. / $55 to $105.

SuperBowl Discussion
“48 Hours Before Super Bowl XLVIII: The Lasting Impact of Sports’ Greatest Events” Panel discussion and reception.   Speaker(s): Lisa Baird, Gregory A. Ballard, Gregory Carey, Richard Florida, PhD, Kevin M. Hallinan, Constantine E. Kontokosta, Arthur Miller.

The lasting impact of sports’ greatest events on cities and nations is elusive. Host cities spend years preparing for the occasion, while dreaming of enhanced reputation and financial prosperity. But success is more complex. When the fans and athletes leave, how do we measure long-term costs and benefits for cities and their people?
NYU, Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South
4:30 pm. / FREE

Super Bowl XLVIII is in town and Bryant Park is at the center of the action.
After strolling SuperBowl Blvd (aka Broadway) walk 1 block E to Bryant Park:
Verizon Power House
1:00pm – 11:00pm | Fountain Terrace

Football fans and technology nuts alike will love the Verizon Power House, opening in Bryant Park just in time for the Super Bowl. Come experience 15,000 square feet of personalized, interactive technology – this first-of-its-kind showcase features the latest from the connected world of Verizon. “Suit up” in your favorite team uniform, demo NFL Mobile’s best features, and watch NFL games on LTE Multicast. Upon exiting the Power House, complimentary and secure phone charging will be offered, so go explore the rest of Bryant Park and then pick up your device later!

Verizon will release daily questions on Twitter asking its followers to break down the game’s best matchups. Tweet answers to the daily question with #WhosGonnaWin and be sure to look up at the Empire State Building to find out whose team colors will take over when the results are projected LIVE as a light show from 6:00-7:00pm EST, Monday 1/27 through Super Bowl Sunday.
Verizon Power House hours
Thurs, 1/30 – Sat, 2/1: 11:00am – 11:00pm (last entry at 10:30pm)
Sun, 2/2: 10:00am – 1:00pm

PEPCITY in Bryant Park
2:00pm – 6:30pm | Upper Terrace

Join Pepsi for a three-day Super Bowl celebration with #PEPCITY in Bryant Park!
From 2:00pm – 6:30pm, #PEPCITY will offer unique, artisanal samplings from celebrity chefs David Burke, Marc Forgione, and Michael Psilakis, while incorporating classic NYC cultural experiences like Broadway, art, music, and sports.

#PEPCITY will offer free, pre-ticketed concerts at 8:00pm:
Saturday February 1 – Ziggy Marley
Please follow links above to secure your ticket, available on a first-come first-served basis from, starting January 24, 2014 at 12:00 noon.

Bank of America Promotion: Football and Hot Beverage Giveaway
6:00pm – 9:00pm | Throughout the Park

Join us beginning Wednesday evening, January 29. Bank of America will distribute mini footballs and vouchers for one free hot beverage, redeemable at Ice Bites (located in the Skate Pavilion), Celsius, or the ‘wichcraft kiosk at 42nd and 6th.
Wednesday, January 29 through Friday, January 31 / 6pm – 9pm
Saturday, February 1 / 10am – 8:30pm

Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.

A PremierPub – West Village

Corner Bistro  /  331 W. 4th St.

Sometimes you just need a beer and a burger. If so, Corner Bistro is the place you want. Located just outside the hip Meatpacking district, this corner bar and grill is decidedly unhip, but it’s not uncrowded, especially at night. Seems that everyone knows this place has one of the best burgers in town.

In the maze of streets known as the West Village, where West 4th intersects with West 12th (and West 11th, and West 10th, go figure), you will eventually find Corner Bistro on the corner of West 4th and Jane Street. An unassuming neighborhood tavern, it looks just like dozens of other taverns around town. The bartender tells me that the Corner Bistro will be celebrating it’s 50th anniversary next year. The well worn interior tells me that the place itself is much older.

Corner Bistro has outlasted many of those other taverns around town because they know how to keep it simple — just good burgers and beer, fairly priced. The classic bistro Burger is only $6.75, and should be ordered medium rare, which will be plenty rare for most folks. Actually, it will be a juicy, messy delight – make sure you have extra napkins. I like to pull up a stool and sit by the large front window in the afternoon, where I can rest my burger and beer on the shelf, and watch the Villagers walk by.

Corner Bistro seems to attract very different groups of patrons depending on time of day. While it’s crowded with locals in the evening,  in the afternoon you hear different foreign languages, and watch groups of euro tourists wander in, led by their guidebooks and smartphones.

For the classic Bistro experience, order your burger with a McSorley’s draft, the dark preferably. This is the same beer that you can get over at the original McSorley’s in the East Village, the pub that claims to be the oldest continually operating bar in NYCity. The only difference is that this McSorley’s ale is served with a smile by the bartenders here. Or you  can get a Sierra Nevada, Stella, or Hoegaarden on tap if you want to go upscale a bit. Either way this is a simple, but quality burger and beer experience that is just too rare these days (sorry for the pun).

Phone #:  212-242-9502
Hours: 11:30am-4am Mon-Sat; 12pm-4am Sun
Happy Hour:  NO
Music:  Juke Box
Subway: #1/2/3 to 14th St. (S end of platform)
Walk 2 blk W. on 13th St. to 8th Ave.; 1 blk S. on 8th Ave. to Jane St.

“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs  – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge.
If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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