Selected Events (02/19) + Today’sFeaturedNeighborhood: WestVillage

Today’s “Fab 5″ / Selected NYCity Events – THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 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.”  

How New York Made Lincoln President Through the Power of Words  —  
SmartStuff/ Lecture   (6:30pm) 

Daedalus Quartet performs works by Bartok and Sibelius   —  
Classical Music   (7:30pm)   [FREE]

Robot Invasion: Are Smart Products Running Your Life? —  
SmartStuff/ Roundtable Discussion   (6:30pm)

Highlights in Jazz —  Jazz   (8pm) 

New York’s Underground Art Museum  —  
SmartStuff/ Roundtable Discussion   (6:30pm)

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:
♦ “9 Notable Events-Feb.”, 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: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
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Cooper Union—How New York Made Lincoln President Through the Power ofWords—with a Little Help from the Press
lincolnAbraham Lincoln’s 1860 Cooper Union speech helped him take New York by storm in his first-ever speaking engagement—and may well have made him President. His triumph owed much not only to his actual oration at the college but also to newspaper reprints and comments as well as several printed copies of the speech, not to mention the iconic photograph taken earlier that same day.

Historian Harold Holzer will explore how the “media” helped expand Lincoln’s audience from the 1,500 who heard his voice at Cooper Union to the hundreds of thousands who read about the speech, as filtered through the eyes of New York’s top three highly competitive, politically connected, and unpredictable newspaper editors.

The exhibition Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation will be open at 5:30 p.m. for program attendees.
The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave. (btw 36/37 St.)
6:30 p.m. / $15
212-685-0008

Daedalus Quartet performs works by Bartok and Sibelius
imagesProgram:
BARTÓK: String Quartet No. 2
SIBELIUS: String Quartet in D minor (“Voces intimae”)
“Jet-propelled rockets of blistering virtuosity…the music rang gloriously.”—
Washington Post
Presented in collaboration with Lincoln Center’s Great Performers
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 61 W 62 St.
(btw Columbus/Broadway Ave.)
at 7:30 / Target FREE Thursdays
get there early, no later than 7PM, if you want to get in what is a small performance space.
212-875-5350 / atrium.lincolncenter.org

Robot Invasion: Are Smart Products Running Your Life?
Smart_products_robot_invasionAdvanced robotic prosthetics are breaking down the difference between human and machine, while consumer products equipped with cameras, sensors, and software seek to observe and learn from our behavior. As smart phones, thermostats, and robotic vacuum cleaners become more autonomous and lifelike, people develop emotional relationships with them.

Join Cooper Hewitt curator Ellen Lupton as she speaks with the field’s top thinkers Carla Diana (Smart Design), Ayanna Howard (Georgia Institute of Technology), and Matthew Johannes (Johns Hopkins University) about how robots are changing the face of design and engineering.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 East 91st St. @ 5th Ave.
6:30pm / $15
212-849-8400

Highlights in Jazz
“The tradition-minded Highlights in Jazz series breaks in its 43rd season with the singer Catherine Russell and her band, along with a band of repeat guests: the trumpeter Bria Skonberg, the saxophonist and clarinetist Dan Levinson, the pianist Gordon Webster and the bassist and vocalist Nicki Parrott.” (Chinen-NYT)
TriBeCa Performing Arts Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College,
199 Chambers St., near Greenwich St.
8pm / $
212-220-1460, tribecapac.org.

New York’s Underground Art Museum | MTA Arts & Design
In 1902, the Commissioner of New York’s brand new Rapid Transit Railroad (forerunner of the IRT) decreed that all subway stations in the city were to be “Designed, constructed, and maintained with a view to the beauty of their appearance, as well as to their efficiency.”

Launched in 1985, the MTA Arts & Design Collection now counts more than 250 projects spread across the city. New York’s Underground Art Museumcovers the nearly 100 commissioned works installed since 2006, including the newly design Sky Reflector-Net at Fulton Center and Rising and Setting at Riverdale Station/MTA Metro-North Railroad.

Join author and MTA Arts & Design Director Sandra Bloodworth, visual artist Andrea Dezso, and former MTA board member Ronay Menschel as they speak about this program that touches the lives of millions of commuters each day.
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave. at 103rd St.
6:30PM / $16
212-534-1672

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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 (pop. 8.4 million) had a record 56 million visitors last year and 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.

kac_120405_phude_corner_bistro_bar_1000-600x450In 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.
Update:

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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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