Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: WestVillage (09/26)

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events –FRIDAY, SEPT. 26, 2014
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

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Iggy Azalea
IGGY_IMAGE“This is Iggy Azalea’s summer, and we’re all just living in it. Lending her signature southern (via Australia) twang to tracks with Charli XCX, Rita Ora, and Ariana Grande, the curvaceous rapper topped charts and made her way into every possible radio station and spin class playlist in town. Headlining the standing room only venue, JBL Live at Pier 97, right off the Hudson River, Iggy will be joined by opening act, rapper (and sometimes crooner, check out “Down on My Luck”) Vic Mensa from Chicago. See why this unusual addition to hip-hop is stirring the pot.” (Lina Abascal-VillageVoice)
JBL Live at Pier 97
7:00pm / $48.00

Cia. Unión Tanguera (through Oct. 5)
Cia. Unión Tanguera, the celebrated French/Argentinean company, is an ensemble of extraordinary dancers and musicians who weave together sensuality and human emotion through the dance and music of contemporary and traditional Argentinean tango. Set to classic tango recordings and original compositions played live by a quartet of Buenos Aires’ finest musicians, Nuit Blanche (Sleepless Night) examines with humor the desires and fears that are revealed in the course of a late-night milonga.
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th St., Chelsea,
at 8p.m./ $10 to $59.
(212) 242-0800 / joyce.org

Celebrating Adolph Green – 100 Years of Wonderful (also Saturday)
54 Below is delighted to celebrate the genius of Adolph Green in this, his centennial year. Join a rotating cast of Broadway greats during our three night musical soiree as we pay tribute to this legendary master of his craft.

In a career that spanned six decades and seven Tony Awards, Adolph Green and Betty Comden produced a body of work that is unparalleled in the American theatre: Wonderful Town. Bells Are Ringing. Singin’ in the Rain. On the Town. The Will Rogers Follies. The Bandwagon. On the Twentieth Century. Applause. Subways Are For Sleeping. And that’s just the tip of the ice berg! This is one very special weekend in September that they’ll be talking about for years to come. Get there before The Party’s Over!
54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. (btw Broadway/8th ave)
7PM / $50-$85, with a $25 minimum.
646-476-3551 / 54below.com

Affordable Art Fair and Antiques Market (through Monday)
The Affordable Art Fair hosts 50 select galleries exhibiting affordable, contemporary art. Affordable is a relative concept. At the Affordable Art Fair, more than half of the pieces of art are under $5,000, and all are under $10,000.

“If you want to find something good and at an “affordable” price, make sure you go early. By the last day, there are still very good pieces, but not at very good prices.” (Yelp)
The Tunnel, 269 11th Avenue (between 27th and 28th Streets),
Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Monday until 6 p.m / $20
1-212-561-5488 / affordableartfair.com/newyork

Elsewhere, but looks worth the detour:

Photoville (through Sunday)
“This is the last weekend for this free event presented by United Photo Industries featuring photography displays inside and outside shipping containers — some of them interactive — as well as panel discussions, workshops and other activities
at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Joralemon Street and the East River.” (NYT)
A beer garden is also on site and even without the photo exhibition, NYCity’s newest park is spectacular on a beautiful fall day like today.
Friday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.
718-215-9075, photovillenyc.org; FREE

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♦ 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.
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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 better burgers in town.

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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 celebrated it’s 50th anniversary last 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).
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Website: cornerbistrony.com
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.
Update:

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“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.
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