Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: WestVillage (10/02)

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – THURSDAY, OCT. 02, 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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“Lately the most overlooked ensemble format in jazz is the vocal harmony group—you’re more likely to hear a band with three drummers or accordionists than a trio comprised of three singers. This recently organized threesome, Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou, devises original arrangements of mostly vintage songs, both familiar and offbeat. They understand that swinging music goes hand in hand with an audacious sense of humor.” (Will Friedwald, WSJ)

Hillary Gardner is one of my fave NYCity jazz singers. But it’s not just me.
This is what Terry Teachout, author of “Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong” and ”Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington” has to say: “…an absolutely first-class singer. She swings effortlessly without making a big deal of it, and she has a knack for hunting down off-center tunes…Yet she’s just as adept at making something fresh and surprising out of an oft-heard chestnut.”
55 BAR, 55 Christopher St. (btw Sixth/Seventh Avenue)
A prohibition era dive bar with live jazz and blues nightly.
7pm / NO COVER
(212 ) 929-9883 / 55bar.co

‘Nerd Nite NYC’
Some fun-yet-smart evening entertainment.
The T-shirts will stay dry during this evening of science questions, drinks and socializing aboard the Frying Pan. Nerd Nite brings three marine-themed presentations:
…Stomatopods: What’s up with those Eyes and why is my Thumb Bleeding?
…..by Dr. Peter Thompson
…A Journey Through Liquid Space: The Disney 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Ride
…..by David Shuff
…The Bizarre War Against Pinball by Seth Porges

Sponsored by the Park and the New York Hall of Science, this event is a precursor to the Submerge! NYC Marine Science Festival, a day of free interactive science activities planned for Oct. 5 at Pier 26, at North Moore Street in Lower Manhattan.
Frying Pan, which is docked at Pier 66, at the Hudson River and West 26th St.
8 p.m. / $10
More details: nysci.org.

Ravi Coltrane Quartet (through Oct. 5)
“Offsetting an analytic nature with a fervid spirit, Coltrane lends an inviting balance to his involving improvisations on tenor and soprano saxophones. His wiry bands have always included able players, and his current quartet’s inclusion of the far-reaching pianist David Virelles is of special interest.” (NewYorker)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St.
212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com
At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.,/$25 and $30 cover, with a $10 minimum.

NYU Creative Writing Presents: Amy Bloom and Brian Morton
Amy Bloom, a nominee for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, is most recently the author of “Lucky Us” (Random House, 2014).
Brian Morton’s books include Starting Out in the Evening, which received the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and his latest title, “Florence Gordon” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014).
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House,
58 West 10th St., between 5th and 6th Avenues,
7PM / FREE
212-998-8816

Elsewhere, but looks like a fun detour:

Power Play: Steampunk and the Transit System
At an after-hours event tonight at the New York Transit Museum, explore the Museum’s artifacts from the history of public transportation in New York, including vintage turnstiles and historically-preserved subway cars. A specially-curated selection of items from the Museum of Interesting Things are also included along with an open bar of Victorian-inspired cocktails and live music from NYC gypsy punks Amour Obscur. Reservations are essential.
New York Transit Museum,
…at the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn Heights.
From 7 p.m. / $35

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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.
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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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