Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Times Square/ Theater District (07/14)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events  – MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
“9 Notable NYCity Events-July”, and also “on Broadway”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
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Directed by Scott Coulter, Hosted and written by Scott Siegel
with special guest BILL IRWIN

The brightest talent chosen from AMDA, CAP 21, Circle in the Square, Juilliard, Marymount, The New School, NYU’s Steinhardt, and Tisch, Pace University, and more – will perform over two dozen show tunes penned by the beloved team of Kander & Ebb who brought us Chicago, Cabaret, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Flora the Red Menace, The Rink, Steel Pier, and so many more.
The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd St. (btw 6th Ave/ B’way)
at 8:00 PM / $25-$40

The New York Philharmonic performs Grieg, Liszt, and More
Alan Gilbert will conduct and lead this Program:
CARL NIELSEN Maskarade Overture
MAX BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1, with Joshua Bell as soloist;
Selections from:
GRIEG Selections from Peer Gynt
LISZT Les Préludes

Fireworks by Bay Fireworks will follow the performance.
For those that appreciate an evening of classical music under a night of summer stars, the New York Philharmonic once again presents its annual Concerts in the Parks series on the Great Lawn in Central Park.
Enter on the Westside at West 81st or 86th Streets at Central Park West.
at 8:00 pm / FREE

“Taste of the Terminal”
Free Tastings & Special Offers Provided by:
Beer Table to Go / Ciao Bella Gelato / Joe the Art of Coffee / Manhattan Chili Co. / Oren’s Daily Roast / Tia’s Place / Café Grumpy / Financier Patisserie / Li-Lac Chocolates / Neuhaus Chocolate / Shiro of Japan / Zaro’s Bakery / Ceriello Fine Foods / Irving Farm Coffee / LittleMissMatched / O&Co. / Spices and Tease


11am-2pm Susan Keser “New York Violinist” (classical & pop violinist) 
4pm-7pm The Poor Cousins (folk guitar & fiddle duo)

Grand Central. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (through July 16)
As part of the Lincoln Center Festival, watch master choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker revisit some of her innovative work from the 1980s. Anne Teresa, Baroness De Keersmaeker is one of the most prominent choreographers in contemporary dance.

De Keersmaeker, along with her Belgium–based dance company, Rosas, revisits Elena’s Aria (1984) tonight, with live music by Ictus. Each of her early works are seminal events in the development of one of contemporary dance’s greatest personalities and are as exciting and striking today as they were at their premieres.

“A choreographer who makes you think and feel at the same time and who makes you conscious of both processes is rare. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker [is] a member of that breed.” New York Times
Gerald W. Lynch Theater, 524 W. 59th St. (btw 10th & WestEnd Aves)
8 p.m. / $35-$75.

Hidden Genius: Rafael Guastavino at St. John the Divine
Join historian John Simko for a tour of the best-known vaults and domes of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, then descend deeper and climb higher to discover those hidden from plain view. After stepping down into the crypt to view the raw tiles that hold up the Cathedral floor, climb up to the roof to look down upon the massive tile vaults that soar 12 stories high. Reservations and pre-payment required.
St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave. (btw 110th/113th St.)
2:00 – 4:00pm / $30
maybe sold out-To join the waitlist please call 917.492.3395.
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave. at 103rd St.

Elsewhere, but worth the detour:
Behind the Music of West Side Story: Leonard Bernstein’s New York
Louis Rosen

I can never get too much “WestSide Story”. Bernstein’s theater scores define the energy and spirit of 1940’s-50’s New York City, and none better than his masterwork: the extraordinary score for West Side Story, the apotheosis of his collaboration with the equally brilliant Jerome Robbins, and the score that introduced the world to the lyrics of Stephen Sondheim.

This special Jazz in July music appreciation lecture will take us deeply into both the making of this masterpiece, with its unique use of Jazz and Latino musical elements, and the score itself.
92Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. at 92nd St
12:00-1:45 pm / $40
212-415-5500 /

♦ 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.

Winner Stays – Upper West Side


A pickup soccer game on the Upper West Side in July 2012. Played well before the tournament in Brazil, the game — no doubt beautiful — had no World Cup implications.
(July 13, 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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