Selected Events (01/28) + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Times Square/ Theater District

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28, 2015.
“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.”

Yungchen Lhamo — Folk   (7pm)    

Billy Idol & BRONCHO  — Pop/Rock   (8pm) 

Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark — 
SmartStuff/ Book Talk   (6:30pm)

Bela Fleck and the Knights  —  Music  (7:30pm) 

Money and Debt and the role they play in our lives 
SmartStuff/ Conversation   (7pm)  [FREE]

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:

♦ “9 Notable Events-Jan.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site:

Yungchen Lhamo
images“This Tibetan singer-songwriter, who fled her homeland in 1989 and now lives in New York, contains a surfeit of sorrow in her stunning a cappella folk songs. Her heavily spiritual ruminations often include Buddhist mantras on nature and inward reflection. She performs as part of the Global Salon series at Symphony Space.” (Anderson-NYT)

Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th St.,
7pm / $30
212-864-5400 /

Billy Idol & BRONCHO
idol-book“Billy Idol’s early admiration for both the Sex Pistols and the guys in the Who and the Beatles gave his music an uplifting yet edgy quality that instantly made his songs’ yearning punk stand out, first with Generation X and later as a solo artist. As one of MTV’s first real stars, Idol quickly became even more popular with videos for his most famous songs, including “Dancing With Myself,” “White Wedding,” and the strange “Eyes Without A Face.” Idol’s persona and stage presence are still as infectious as his music. He is touring the world for the first half of 2015, and for his Beacon Theatre show, he will be accompanied by Broncho, an Oklahoma-born alternative rock band who sound like a somewhat updated, more modern take on the very singular sound Idol has crafted. Their upbeat, indie, nostalgic rock feels similarly fitting for this generation, so the show will be both a throwback and a newer version of that same angsty, gritty fun.” (Eleanor Lambert, VillageVoice)
Beacon Theater
8 p.m., / $44.50–$105

Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark
“Although the Empire State Building is no longer the tallest building in the world (or even in New York City), it remains mythical, iconic. This entrancing book is at once an appreciation of the structure as a practical work of art and an exploration of the building’s role in the city and the world,” a review in The New Yorker reads. Join architectural historian John Tauranac as he shares his research on the development of the skyscraper as a form and discusses the real estate boom of the 1920s New York from his book Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark, republished this year as a 20th anniversary edition.

With all due respect to One World Trade Center, the story of skyscrapers in New York will always begin and end with The Empire State Building. Architectural historian John Tauranac, author of The Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark, comes to the Museum of the City of New York to discuss the rise of the skyscraper and the real estate boom of Roaring ’20s New York” (Thought Gallery)
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St.
6:309pm / $25

Bela Fleck and the Knights
BELA_REVISE_no_dates_photo“Fleck, a native New Yorker, is an acknowledged master of the modern banjo, having achieved success working in country, rock, jazz, and, of course, bluegrass idioms. He was named for the Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, and he has demonstrated classical leanings, too. He has now joined forces with the Knights, a flexible, open-minded orchestral collective. The expansive program includes the New York première of “The Impostor,” an original composition written by Fleck for banjo and orchestra.” (NewYorker)
Schimmel Center, Pace University, 3 Spruce St.
7:30pm / $39-$59

Money and Debt and the role they play in our lives
The Billfold presents a night of honest storytelling about money and debt and the role they play in our lives. Storytellers include:

• Jia Tolentino, features editor, Jezebel
• Jazmine Hughes, contributing editor, The Hairpin
• Jason Diamond, associate editor, Men’s Journal
• Josh Michtom, public defender and Billfold contributor
• Anne Helen Petersen, features writer, BuzzFeed
• Helaine Olen, author, Pound Foolish

• A short conversation with Billfold founding editor Logan Sachon and Christiana Cole
Hosted by Billfold editors Mike Dang and Ester Bloom.
Housing Works Bookstore
at 7:00pm / FREE

♦ 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. (Btw 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 NYCity 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. (Btw 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 a bit less of the insane lines that you find at the Madison Sq. Park location. Worth the wait.

Xi’an Famous Foods – 24 W45th St. (Btw 5th/6th ave)
Try to avoid long lunch lines. Order lamb hand ripped noodles and warm your insides at one of the tables in the back. You’ll return, just remember that even mild is pretty spicy.

“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, soup & sandwiches, picnic fixins’, raw bars & lobster rolls, bbq, vegetarian / falafel, ramen, chopped salad & salad bars. No reservations needed.

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places, with expanded descriptions, maps with contact info, and essays on my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide order a copy of my e-book:
“Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($3.99, available Spring 2015).
◊ Order before May 31, 2015 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.

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