Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Times Square/ Theater District (06/30)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014.

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
“9 Notable NYCity Events-June”, and also “on Broadway”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
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“Beck has reinvented himself several times over the course of his career. In the early ’90s, he was a slacker roustabout and soon after a postmodern mix-master. By the end of the decade, he was a frisky R&B star with a serious liking for Prince and then a sad-eyed troubadour. The years since have given occasion to other personas still, but at the age of 43, Beck seems to have settled into a self-sufficient mix of all his different tastes and yearnings. His recent album “Morning Phase” is both beautiful and melancholic, with a lush, laidback sonic sound that should prove pretty if he can simulate it on stage.

Beck also plays a ticketed show at Central Park SummerStage on July 1″ (WSJ)
Manhattan Center at Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St.
at 8pm / $60-$80
(212) 279-7740 / 800-745-3000

Jenny Scheinman
“The jazz-folk violinist-singer-songwriter waxes affectingly autobiographical on her terrific new album, The Littlest Prisoner. Backed by avant-Americana guitarist Bill Frisell and superdrummer Brian Blade, who will appear with her here, and punctuated by instrumental folk interludes, Scheinman unflinchingly explores love, marriage, separation, and her unusual raised-by-hippies childhood in Northern California.” (VillageVoice-Richard Gehr)
(Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St. (btw Sullivan/Thompson St.)
subway: #1 to Houston
at 7:30pm / $25
(212) 505-FISH (3474) /

George Vecsey
EIGHT WORLD CUPS: My Journey Through the Beauty and the Dark Side of Soccer
Join us at the Half King during the heart of the 2014 World Cup, where New York Times sports columnist George Vecsey offers a personal perspective on the beautiful game.

Blending witty travelogue with action on the field–and shady dealings in back rooms–George Vecsey offers an eye-opening, globe-trotting account of the last eight World Cups. He immerses himself in the great national leagues, historic clubs, and devoted fans and provides his up-close impressions of charismatic stars like Sócrates, Maradona, Baggio, and Zidane, while also chronicling the rise of the U.S. men’s and women’s teams.

Vecsey shows how each host nation has made the World Cup its own, from the all-night street parties in Spain in 1982 to the roar of vuvuzelas in South Africa in 2010, as the game in the stadium is backed up by the game in the street. But the joy is sometimes undermined by those who style themselves the game’s protectors.

With his characteristic sharp reporting and eye for detail, Vecsey brings this global event to vivid life and has written a perfect companion for the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil
Half King, 505 W 23RD ST

“Frank & Friends: Girls Night Out!”
“Broadway at Birdland” is proud to present multi-Grammy and Tony nominated composer Frank Wildhorn in his regular series called “Frank & Friends.” This particular show, “Girls Night Out!” will find Frank onstage with Broadway leading ladies Jackie Burns (If/Then), Bianca Marroquin (Chicago), Adrienne Warren (Bring It On) and jazz vocalist Jane Monheit.

These very special one-night-only concerts celebrate the songs and favorite performers from the composer’s wide range of work in popular, jazz, theatrical and classical music. All profits will go to The Actors Fund, a nationwide human services organization that helps all professionals in the performing arts and entertainment. Jason Howland will act as musical director.
Birdland, 315 West 44th St.
at 7p.m. / $35, with a $10 minimum.

Francisco Goldman on Mexico City
“If you’ve ever been curious about Mexico’s capital city, join Goldman for a journey into the heart of it as he reads from his new book, The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle.” (TONY)

The celebrated author of Say Her Name will read from The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle. By turns exuberant, poetic, reportorial, philosophic, and urgent, Goldman fuses a personal journey into an account of one of the world’s most remarkable and often misunderstood great cities.
192 Books, 192 Tenth Ave., btw 21st and 22nd Sts.
212-255-4022 /
7:00pm / FREE

Elsewhere, but worth the detour:

Alice Smith
“This soul singer is a beautiful talent: Her jazzy odes are passionately delivered and effortlessly inclusive, strapped to a Patti LaBelle-worthy belt that would shatter windowpanes were it not so controlled. “Ocean,” the lead single from her album “She,” toys with folksy guitar before gliding into a peppy, delightful soul-pop refrain. With Kimberly Nichole.” (Anderson-NYT)
Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, near the Bowery, Lower East Side,
At 9 p.m. / $25.

♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity is a big town with many visitors where quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.

Sunny Side of the Street – Bronx


On Fordham Road in the Bronx, one of the busiest thoroughfares in New York, potential customers at a sunglasses vendor try on the shades. (June 29,2014)

Every Sunday in the NYT Metropolitan section, a photographer offers a new slice of New York. A wonderful slice of life it is – Thanks NewYorkTimes: N.Y. / Region section

A PremierPub + 3 Good Eating places

Jimmy’s Corner / 140 W 44th St (btw B’way & 7th ave)

Jimmy’s Corner is right in the heart of Times Square, but you won’t find it on the corner, it’s mid-block. Enter this long narrow bar and you are struck by the walls covered with mostly black-and-white boxing photographs, and memorabilia. Soon enough you learn that “Corner” refers to proprietor Jimmy Glenn’s long career as a corner man for some of boxing greats – Liston, Tyson, even “the greatest”, Ali.

Jimmy’s is a sort of time machine, taking you back to a time and place that no longer exists. All around you Times Square has cleaned up, grown up, assumed a new identity. Jimmy’s probably hasn’t changed a bit since it first opened in 1971. Certainly the bar itself looks original and the prices haven’t changed much either. When I brought a friend, who owns her own bar, she was surprised when she got the small tab for a round of drinks. Figured there must be a mistake, that maybe they forgot to charge for all the drinks.

Times Square today is filled with neon glitz and wandering tourists from Dubuque, but not Jimmy’s. You’ll likely find some old timer’s at the bar nursing their drinks, some younger locals at tables in the back, and maybe a few adventuresome tourists clutching their trusty guidebooks. There’s no food served here because this is just a bar, and sometimes that’s all you need.

On nights when no local team is playing, it’s a fine place to sip some drafts and listen to a great old time jukebox (40s, 50s, R&B, and soul). On sports nights this very narrow bar can get a bit claustrophobic, filled with excited fans watching their team on the TVs. Either way, Jimmy’s is the place to be if you are looking for an old time bar in the new Times Square.
Website: are you kidding !
(although there is a facebook page with lots of photos –
Phone #: 212-221-9510
Hours: 11am – 4 am, except Sunday they open 12 noon
Happy Hour: not necessary, low prices all day, every day
Subway: #1,2,3 to TimesSquare 42nd st
walk 2 blks N on 7th ave to 44th st; ½ blk E to Jimmy’s

“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, 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 (except for certain jazz clubs).
If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.

3 Good Eating places

It’s not difficult finding a place to eat in Manhattan.
Finding a good, inexpensive place to eat is a bit harder.
Here are a few of my faves in this neighborhood:

Patzeria Perfect Pizza – 231 W46 st (Betw 7th/8th ave)
Perfect name for a pizza joint. On a street filled with Broadway theaters, this is a real hole in the wall, but don’t let the dive look scare you away. You can never go wrong with a slice of NYC pizza, and this one is a classic thin crust. Only a few seats here, but pizza was made to eat standing up.

Shake Shack – 691 8th ave (Betw 43rd/44th st)
Danny Meyer has revolutionized the high quality burger in this town. Now he has a branch on the West Side that was desperately needed, with none of the insane lines that you find at the Madison Sq. Park location. Plus, it may be the cleanest joint to eat in all of Hell’s Kitchen.

“3 Good Eating places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
That covers a wide range of food – pizza, burgers, food trucks/carts, vegetarian/falafel, ramen, chopped salad & salad bars, hot dogs, bbq, soup & sandwiches, picnic fixins’, raw bars & lobster rolls. No reservations needed. ================================================================================

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places and essays on my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide (plus 27 casual dining places with free Wi-Fi) order a copy of my e-book: “Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($3.99).
(available Fall 2014)

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