Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Times Square/ Theater District (11/27)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – THURSDAY, NOV. 27, 2014
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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – Special Event

Cyrille Aimee – Jazz

Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks – SportingLife



Various locations

This will be the 88th annual Macy’s thanksgiving day parade, which marches from 77th street @ central park west to herald square with the iconic giant balloons, marching bands, singers (kiss, idina menzel, nick jonas, more), broadway performers, and santa. You should see it at least once, and Connie will be there this year – say hello.

“In 1924, the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was organized by employees of the department store. Initially called the Macy’s Christmas Parade, it featured live animals from the Central Park Zoo. Three years later, the pageant’s iconic balloons were introduced, and this year the festivities include performances by Idina Menzel, Kiss, and many others. (

On the Saturday after the holiday, Shorewalkers, a nonprofit group whose motto is “See New York at 3 M.P.H.,” presents its annual Walk Off the Turkey trot, a calorie-consuming, twelve-mile amble from the Staten Island Ferry terminal to the George Washington Bridge, starting at 10 A.M. (

Later that day, Arlo Guthrie returns to Carnegie Hall with the Guthrie family for an evening of folk songs, storytelling, and waxing philosophical, the first since the death of Pete Seeger, who first brought Guthrie to this hallowed stage for the annual holiday show more than forty years ago. (” (NewYorker)

Cyrille Aimee
“While many music venues take a pause on Thanksgiving, iconic jazz venue Birdland keeps the music flowing Thursday with two performances by a rising star on the New York City jazz vocalist scene, Cyrille Aimee.” (
BIRDLAND, 315 West 44th St,
212-581-3080 /
at 8:30 p.m. or 11 p.m. / $40 cover plus a 2-drink minimum

To work off that big meal, get up, get out, and get some exercise –
outdoor ice skating rinks in Manhattan that are open today:
brookfield place >>
bryant park’s bank of america winter village >>
riverbank state park >>
rockefeller center >>
south street seaport (not confirmed as of press time) >>
the standard hotel (not confirmed as of press time) >>
trump lasker rink >>
trump wollman rink >>
(rates vary, check the venue’s website or call ahead to confirm before heading out)
(thanks to

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 next week.

♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity (pop. 8.4 million) had 54 million visitors last year and quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.

A PremierPub + 3 Good Eating places

Jimmy’s Corner / 140 W 44th St (btw B’way & 7th ave)

IMG_2083Jimmy’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 Winter 2014)

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