Today’s TOP 10 – TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts
> Freddy Cole Quartet, With Houston Person
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. (btw 8/9 ave.)/ 8:30PM and 11PM,
singer and pianist Freddy Cole with tenor saxophonist Houston Person, one of my faves.
> The Dizzy Gillespie Afro Cuban Experience
Blue Note Jazz Club, 131W3rd St. / 8PM+10:30PM, $20, $35
for fans of Afro-Cuban jazz, like me.
> American Ballet Theatre 2015 Spring Season
Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center), / 7:30PM, $20–$200.
historic company repertory includes Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, & Giselle.
> Los Crema Paraiso
Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort St. / 8PM + 10PM, $20
celebrate their record release in a new room focusing on Latin and World Music.
Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
> A Celebration of Poet Galway Kinnell’s Life and Work
The Cooper Union – The Great Hall, 7 E. 7th St. / 7:30PM, FREE
poets and writers reciting the works of this Pulitzer Prize winner and NYU Prof.
> In Search of “Authentic” New York: A Conversation
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave. / 6:30PM, $16
just what is “authentic” NY? I’ve got some ideas, bet you do too.
> ‘The Future of U.S.- Iran Relations
Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue, at 34th St. / 7PM, FREE, resv. req.
2 different perspectives, let’s hope they both see a peaceful future.
> FREE Cone Day at Haagen-Dazs
a few participating locations:
Penn Station, 2905 Broadway, NYU, 263 Amsterdam Ave., South Street Seaport.
free ice cream is the best ice cream.
> Suzanne Farrell | Paul Holdengräber – LIVE from the NYPL
NY Public Library, Main Building (with the lions), 5th Avenue@42nd St. / 7PM, $25
a celebrated ballerina reflects on ballet and Balanchine.
Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
> Queens Taste (12th Annual)
New York Hall of Science, Queens / 6-9PM. $15.
dishes from 60 local spots + live Latin music.
Have time for only one event today? Do this:
> In Search of “Authentic” New York: A Conversation
“The whole of New York is rebuilt about once in ten years,” diarist Philip Hone observed in 1839. Though still true in 2015, this has never stopped New Yorkers from arguing about what is or isn’t “authentic” about their protean city. Debating authenticity has become a favorite Gotham pastime, whether it takes the form of a preservation battle or a “pizza war.” But how do we recognize the “real” city: does such a place exist in the five boroughs, or is it only a charming fallacy, perpetuated by Woody Allen, Jay-Z, and (now) Taylor Swift? Join historian Elizabeth Bradley and humorist Ian Frazier for a lively conversation about the myth and meaning of “authentic” New York. Reception to follow.
Elizabeth Bradley is author of the new Cityscapes guide, New York (2014) and Knickerbocker: The Myth Behind New York.
Ian Frazier is a longtime staff writer for the New Yorker. His award-winning books include Travels in Siberia, Great Plains, and Gone to New York.
Bonus Jazz Picks:
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:
Village Vanguard – 178 7th Ave. South — villagevanguard.com / 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. — bluenotejazz.com / 212-475-8592
55 Bar – 55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. — 55bar.com / 212-929-9883
Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 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 + 3 Good Eating places
Jimmy’s Corner / 140 W 44th St (btw B’way & 7th ave)
Jimmy’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.
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