Selected Events (04/14) + Today’sFeaturedNeighborhood: WestVillage

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, APR. 14, 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.”

David Brooks   – SmartStuff/ Book Talk    (7pm) 

Patti LuPone: The Lady with the Torch – Cabaret    (7pm)

Frederic Lenoir + Alexandra Schwartz –  SmartStuff/ Book Talk    (7pm) 

Ben & Jerry FREE Cone Day –  Special Event   (12-8pm)   [FREE]

Billie Holiday Tributes  –  Jazz / Blues   (7:30pm)     (9:30pm)

Panel: “Beauty and Aging”  –  SmartStuff/ Panel Discussion   (6:30pm)   [FREE]

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

♦ “9 Notable Events-Apr.”, 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:

David Brooks
“David Brooks, an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, discusses his latest work, “The Road to Character.” The book tells the stories of 10 great lives and explores what lessons everyone can take away from them.” (NYT)
Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 East 17th St.
7pm / FREE

Patti LuPone: The Lady with the Torch
“Thrillingly larger than life, LuPone transports audiences to a world where drama is the norm. Having taken her rightful place as the reigning Broadway diva of her generation, her style is stamped with an implicit credo: all guts, all glory. In her latest return to 54 Below, she relights her classic collection of torch songs.’ (TONY)
54 Below, 254 W 54th St. (btw Broadway and Eighth Ave)
7pm / $85–$145 plus $30 minimum

Frederic Lenoir + Alexandra Schwartz
Join us for a special night investigating how history’s great philosophers approached one of life’s fundamental questions: What is happiness and how do I achieve it? French-Madagascan philosopher, sociologist, and religious historian Frederic Lenoir will visit our rare book room to discuss his European massive bestseller, Happiness – published for the very first time in English by Melville House – with The New Yorker’s Alexandra Schwartz.
Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway, at 12th St.
7pm / Buy a copy of “Happiness” or a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room

Ben & Jerry FREE Cone Day
It’s our way to celebrate and say thanks for another year of support, and we’ve kept it up every year since, spreading the peace, love & ice cream around the globe! 12-8PM.
200 West 44th Street
104th & BROADWAY
2722 Broadway
30 Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Plaza – Concourse Level

Billie Holiday Tribute
“There was never any doubt, but her 100th birthday makes it abundantly clear that Holiday (1915-1959) was one of the domineering influences of the 20th century, and a force to be dealt with for anyone singing either the American songbook or the blues.” (WSJ)

Various locations, including on Tuesdays in April, the hard-working singer Queen Esther is at Minton’s (where the Lady herself hung out) with Holiday rarities.
Minton’s, 206 W. 118th St.
7:30+9:30pm / $10-$20

Panel: “Beauty and Aging”
“Have ideas about beauty and aging shifted as women have been redefined by waves of feminism? What role does this shift play in how we feel about our aging bodies? Tonight’s panel – which includes “The Beauty Myth” author Naomi Wolf, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan Joanna Coles, former top model and founder of WomenOne Dayle Haddon and cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Rhoda Narins – will discuss this hot topic.” (
Barnard College, Event Oval, Diana Center, 3009 Broadway
6:30 PM / FREE
Seating is first come first served, so it’s probably a good idea to show up early.
For more info, call 212-854-2037.

Elsewhere, but this is absolutely worth the detour:
Mets Baseball
The “Dark Knight,” pitcher Matt Harvey, returns to his home mound for the first time in almost two years. The expectant crowd will be electric. I’ll be there, wouldn’t miss it.

Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:
Greenwich Village:
Village Vanguard – 178 7th Ave. South — / 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. — / 212-475-8592
55 Bar – 55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. — / 212-929-9883
Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — / 212-864-6662
Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — / 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 56 million visitors last year and is TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2015.  Quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.

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).
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.

“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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