Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue (10/15)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15, 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.”

Get Smart! Meet the Co-Founders of Mental Floss takes education to another level, while cracking you up with bizarre jokes and funny factoids – all delivered in a fast-moving, engaging way by various contributors to the site, including YA author John Green (Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars). Mental Floss also publishes a bi-monthly magazine filled with addictive quizzes, daily brain teasers, forgotten histories, bizarre science, cocktail party cheat-sheets, trivia lists, and more.

Meet the co-founders and find out how Mental Floss breaks records for video views! Mangesh Hattikudur, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Mental Floss magazine and / Will Pearson, Co-Founder and President, Mental Floss
Moderator: J. Max Robins, Executive Director, Center for Communication
SVA Theatre / Beatrice Theatre, 333 w 23rd St. (btw 8/9 ave)
6:30 pm / FREE

Nir Felder and Kris Bowers
“Mr. Felder, a guitarist, and Mr. Bowers, a pianist, come from the same style-blending young jazz cohort, with influences ranging from brooding indie-rock to underground hip-hop. Each is an arrestingly assured improviser with strong ideas, and each released a debut album on the Concord label this year. They share a double bill next week, and the odds are decent that there will be some cross-pollination between their respective bands.” (nyt- Chinen)
Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village,
At 8 and 10:30 p.m.,/$20 cover at tables, $10 at the bar, with a $5 minimum.

Archtober / October 1–31
“To New York City’s architects and building buffs, October is Archtober, or Architecture and Design Month. For 31 days, the City’s design community opens its doors for more than 150 tours, lectures, films and celebrations, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the buildings that give this metropolis its distinct character.” (
For a complete calendar see:
For “20 Great Events to Check out at 2014 Archtober Festival in NYC”

Highlight’s from Today’s Events:

Building of the Day: Red Bull Studios New York / 10:30am
Completed in 2013, the 19,000 SF Red Bull Music Studios New York includes a full recording and production studio, event space, lecture room, gallery, bar, radio broadcasting studio, and lounges. Tour Guide: Jeffrey Inaba Price: $10
More Information / Register

-AIANY / Center for Architecture
AIANY Walking Tour: 9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center / 12:30pm-2:30pm
This architectural walking tour offers an opportunity to experience the 9/11 Memorial & see the current state of construction at the World Trade Center site. The tour will address the site’s highly publicized competitions, delve into the design & development of the main structures & take a look back at the history of the original World Trade Center site.

Museum of the City of New York
Lessons from Brazil: A Conversation with Architect and Urbanist Jaime Lerner / 6:30pm
During his three terms as mayor of Curitiba (Brazil, 1970s and ’80s), architect and urbanist Jaime Lerner transformed his city into a model of sustainable living. From its pioneering Bus Rapid Transit system to parks that minimize flooding and city zones reserved for pedestrians, Lerner has been the visionary behind a host of innovative urban projects.

Regional Plan Association
Guided Tour of Moynihan Station – Farley Post Office / 9:30am-11:00am
The Moynihan Station Project will redevelop the McKim, Mead & White designed and landmarked James A. Farley Post Office Building into the new Manhattan home for Amtrak.
Location: James A. Farley Post Office, 421 8th Avenue.

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5” is now the “Top 3”. we look forward to restoring full service soon.

♦ 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.

What’s on View:
Special Exhibitions @ 3 Museum Mile / Fifth Ave. Museums:
‘The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy’ (through Oct. 26)
‘Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C.F. Martin’ (through Dec. 7)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, at 82nd St.
(212) 535-7710 /

‘Men in Armor: El Greco and Pulzone Face to Face’ (through Oct. 26)
Scipione_Pulzone_Jacopo_Boncompagni_1574_2000The 400th anniversary celebration of El Greco’s death begins with a stunning clarification of the youthful greatness of his portrait “Vincenzo Anastagi” — a Frick Collection stalwart — that also teaches much about radicalism, fame and painting. This is done simply by pairing it with the obsessively detailed “Jacopo Boncompagni,” a rarely seen portrait by Scipione Pulzone, the now-forgotten artist of the moment in 1570s Rome, where both works were made. (Roberta Smith-NYT)
Frick Collection: 1 East 70th St. (btw 5th/Madison)

Kandinsky Before Abstraction, 1901–1911 (through spring 2015)
Early in his career Vasily Kandinsky experimented with printmaking, produced brightly-colored landscapes of the German countryside, and explored recognizable and recurrent motifs. This intimate exhibition drawn from the Guggenheim collection explores the artist’s representational origins.
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th St.
(212) 423-3500 /

========================================================== Museum Mile is a section of Fifth Avenue which contains one of the densest displays of culture in the world. Ten museums can be found along this section of Fifth Avenue:

• 110th Street – Museum for African Art

• 105th Street – El Museo del Barrio

• 103rd Street – Museum of the City of New York

• 92nd Street – The Jewish Museum

• 91st Street – Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

• 89th Street – National Academy Museum

• 88th Street – Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

• 86th Street – Neue Galerie New York

• 83rd Street – Goethe-Institut

Last, but certainly not least, America’s premier museum
• 82nd Street – The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Additionally, though technically not part of the Museum Mile, the Frick Collection on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 70th St. and the The Morgan Library & Museum on Madison Ave and 37th St are also located near Fifth Ave. Now plan your own museum crawl. ==========================================================

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar: “NYCity Events: Manhattan’s WestSide” dated 10/13 and 10/11.
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