Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Greenwich Village (10/18)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, OCT. 18, 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.”

PaleyFest New York
Immerse yourself in the world of addictive television at PaleyFest, where TV’s biggest names convene for panel discussions and audience Q&As. Reunions for both “Gotham” and “Hannibal” take place tonight with appearances scheduled by Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Hugh DancyMads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne, and others.
The Paley Center for Media, 25 W 52nd St. (btw Fifth/Sixth Aves.)
6:00pm “Gotham” & 8:30pm “Hannibal”/ $40
212-621-6600 / paleycenter.org
museum hours: Fri–Sun / noon–6pm / $10, seniors and students $8

Korean Food Festival
The Korean Food Festival will be back this year at the Korean Argo Trade Center in Times Square. Don’t miss out on delicious Korean treats like kimchi and seaweed snacks, as well as special performers like Super Stick and K-Pop dancing teams and activities including eating contests and learning how to roll your own gimbap! Also free tastes of ramen noodles and sweet soybean soup.
Times Square, Broaway (btw 43/44St.)
10am to 7pm / FREE
koreanfoodfestival.com

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.” (nycgo.com)
For a complete calendar see: archtober.org/2014-calendar
For “20 Great Events to Check out at 2014 Archtober Festival in NYC” see:untappedcities.com

Highlight’s from Today’s Events:

AIANY / Center for Architecture
Battery Park City: Creating a New Neighborhood / 10:30am-1:00pm
After more than four decades of planning and construction, Battery Park City has been built out. Learn about its planning and discover its distinctive residential neighborhoods, distinguished parks and plazas, public art works, and signature commercial center.

-Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92
Brooklyn Navy Yard: Past, Present & Future Tour / 2:30pm-5:00pm
For over 150 years, the Brooklyn Navy Yard churned out America’s most famous fighting ships, from the USS Maine to the USS Missouri. Today, the Yard is considered a national model for sustainable urban industrial parks. This tour, given in partnership with Turnstile Tours offers opportunities to get off the bus for a closer look at the Yard’s most intriguing sites.

Center for Architecture Foundation
Reading the Streetscape: Meatpacking District / 10:30am-12:30pm
Discover how to “read” buildings for information about the City’s growth and development and look at the city’s architecture from a design perspective in this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll never walk down the street the same way again!

South Street Seaport Museum
Sail NY Harbor: Tours on Historic Schooner PIONEER / 1:00pm-3:00pm
Enjoy the beauty of NYC’s urban and waterfront landscape from aboard from the decks of the historic 129-year-old schooner PIONEER. The vessel, launched in 1885, was built as an iron-hulled sloop to carry cargo along the Delaware River.
Special AIA Archtober Discount Code: ARCH14

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.

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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 and 3 Good Eating Places – Greenwich Village

Caffe Vivaldi / 32 Jones Street (btw. Bleecker/W4th St.)

Café Vivaldi is a classic, intimate club located in Greenwich Village on Jones Street, the street featured on the cover of Bob Dylan’s second album, “Freewheelin’ ”.

maxresdefaultEach night Ishrat, the long time proprietor and impresario, carefully curates and schedules an eclectic series of musicians. You can often see him at his table in the corner, hard at work reviewing music videos and listening to cd demos on his laptop, scouting out future bookings. Musicians come from all over to play and sing in a club in Greenwich Village. Some are local New Yorkers, others are just passing through, in town for a few days.

There is a small bar, seating maybe 10. It’s close to the stage and I find it’s a perfect spot to sip a glass of red wine while listening to the music. The room itself has the performance area at one end and a cozy fireplace at the other. The performance area here is small, dominated by a large black Yamaha Grand piano. Tables are bunched together and most people at the tables are eating lite meals or sampling the wonderful desserts.

There is also a good selection of wines and lite meals, fairly priced, but you are here because of the music. You can never be quite sure what you’re going to find, and that’s half the charm of this place. It’s not a home run every night, but many nights it’s pretty special.

I remember the night I saw the most talented bossa nova group, just in from San Paulo. As I listened, I wondered if there was any better music playing anywhere else in New York City that night. And at Caffé Vivaldi there is never a cover charge. Their recently redesigned web site does give you a better idea of the type of music playing each night.

At one time Greenwich Village was filled with clubs just like this, but times change. Real estate interests have impacted the village, and not for the better. Even Caffé Vivaldi had a rough time recently, when a new landlord raised the rent exorbitantly. Fortunately, Ishrat has built a loyal following over the years, and a fund raiser and slightly more reasonable rent has kept Café Vivaldi in business.

When Woody Allen and Al Pacino wanted to make movies featuring the timeless quality of Greenwich Village they came to Vivaldi. It’s important that we keep this special place alive, for if we lose Cafe Vivaldi, NYC will have lost a piece of it’s soul.

Website: http://caffevivaldi.com/
Phone #: (212) 691-7538
Hours: Music generally 7:30pm – 11pm, but varies
Lunch/Dinner 11am-on
Subway: #1 to Christopher st
Walk 1 blk S on 7th ave S to Bleecker st, 1 blk S/left on Bleecker to Jones st, 50 yards E/left on Jones st to Caffe V

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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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3 Good Eating places

It’s not difficult to find 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:

Fish280 Bleecker St (just a bit S. of 7th ave South)
This was an easy pick – the best raw bar special in town. $9 gets you 6 of the freshest oysters or clams + a glass of wine or beer. Don’t know how they can do it, but I tell everyone I know about this place. And it’s located right in the heart of some of the best no cover music in town.

Bleecker Street Pizza – 69 7th ave S (corner of Bleecker)
The place is tiny and not much to look at, but this is one good slice. They like to brag that they have been voted “Best pizza in NY” 3 years in a row by the Food Network. I believe them. I would have voted for them.

Num Pang – 21 E 12th st (btw. University place/5th ave)
This is a Cambodian banh mi sandwich shop that kept me well fed while I was in class nearby recently. It’s cramped, even for NYCity, but usually there is room up the spiral staircase to sit down and eat. In good weather carry your sandwich a few blocks to Union Sq park. You may have to wait a few minutes, because everything is freshly made, but it’s worth it. Can you believe – an unheard of 26 food rating by Zagat.

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

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places and descriptions of my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods order a copy of my e-book: “Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($3.99, available Fall 2014).

Order before December 31, 2014 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.

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