Selected Events (09/09) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square/ Theater District)

Today’s Super 6 > WEDNESDAY / SEPT. 09, 2015

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
(click on links for complete event info.)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
>Roy Hargrove (through Sept. 13)
Blue Note, 131 West Third St./ 8PM +10:30PM, $20;$35
“Hard bop has few more charismatic torchbearers than the trumpeter Roy Hargrove, who inhabits the style without rigidity or stifling nostalgia. He’s also a shrewd bandleader with a disciplined crew, typically including the saxophonist Justin Robinson.” (NYT-Chinen)

>Bill Charlap Trio (through Sept. 20)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave South, at 11th St./ 8:30PM +10:30PM, $
“The pianist Bill Charlap has become one of our era’s most trusted docents of the American songbook — hear his handiwork all over Tony Bennett’s “The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern,” due out in a few weeks — and he brings the full breadth of his erudition to any engagement by his trio. Featuring Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington (no relation) on drums, it’s a group with almost 20 years of working history, and many hours logged in this room.”
(Nate Chinen-NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
>2015 Affordable Art Fair, (September 10–13)
The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W18th St (betw 6th/7th Ave) / 11AM-8PM, $20
Affordable Art Fair is looking forward to an exciting fall 2015 edition with over 70 local, national, and international galleries offering an array of original artwork from more than 1,000 artists. It begins again, with a private preview at the Metropolitan Pavilion this evening and the public opening on Thursday.

>Game On
Lower Manhattan’s Water Street, between Wall Street and Old Slip / 5PM, FREE
“Party at an end-of-summer block party at Game On!
The Downtown Alliance put together free games, movies and music on Water Street. Rudy is playing on the Elevated Acre, shuffleboard is happening at Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, there’s bocce ball by Play Big Apple in Manhattan Park, plus there’s lots of beer and bites for purchase along the way. All the events are free! Check out the map for the full list of events and locations.” (TONY)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
>The Great East River Suspension Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1/ 6:30PM, $10
“Learn what was involved in engineering and building the great Brooklyn Bridge.

Most people cross a bridge to get from one point to another. But do they know what was involved with creating a marvel of Civil Engineering? Dave Frieder will explain the engineering and building of the great Brooklyn Bridge.”

Elsewhere, but absolutely worth the detour:

September 5, 2015 - Stan Wawrinka in action against Ruben Bemelmans (not pictured) in a men's singles third-round match during the 2015 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY. (USTA/Brian Friedman)

September 5, 2015 – Stan Wawrinka in action against Ruben Bemelmans (not pictured) in a men’s singles third-round match during the 2015 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY. (USTA/Brian Friedman)

The U.S. Open continues play today (11AM) at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens and runs through Sept. 13. This is the fourth and final Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year. Everyone is looking for the Serena slam this year.
subway: #1-2-3 to Times Square; transfer to #7 to Willets Point. (about 45 min. from Times Square)

Matches to watch today: (predictions per Matt Cronin –

This is a fascinating contest, because the South African Anderson stunned Andy Murray in the fourth round, and of all of a sudden, he looks like the favorite against the two-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka; he has beaten him the last four times they have played, three times on the hard courts. That means that the 6-foot-8 Anderson has a real shot to go far and reach the semis – or better.

Wawrinka has said that he has played pretty well at the 2015 US Open, but he has yet to put it all together. He has to now, as Anderson is competing well and playing better. Anderson does not want to play long rallies, while Wawrinka would rather try to out-run him. Anderson hits a stronger forehand, Wawrinka rolls his backhand; Anderson has a larger serve, Wawrinka has more variety. Anderson will go to the wall in this one, but in the end, Wawrinka will prevail in entertaining five sets.

Back in 2005, a young Gasquet upset Federer in Monte Carlo and the Frenchmen looked like someday he would win a major – or perhaps many more. But the now-29-year-old Gasquet has not been able to take down the so-called Big Four (Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Andy Murray) or reach major finals. Like Federer, he has a wonderful one-handed backhand, and he loves heavy topspin and he’s pretty creative. But, at times, he can struggle with his concentration. Federer rarely does.

Federer is 14-2 head to head against Gasquet, and while Gasquet is fun to watch when he is on, the 17-time Grand Slam is better all around. The 34-year-old is more forceful with his forehand, backhand, serve and volley. Gasquet will be thrilled to be out on the big stage in Arthur Ashe Stadium against the legendary Federer, and he will zone in for an hour, but in the end, the Swiss will win in four sets.

Halep is an excellent player, one who always fights hard and doesn’t quit. But to beat Azarenka Wednesday afternoon, she has to play much better than she did in edging past Sabine Lisicki in the last round, when her usually deep stokes were floating into the middle of the court.

Azarenka can play as well as anyone inside the baseline, hitting as hard as she can off both wings. She has also been excellent at the net, and she has jumped on her returns. What has really hurt her, though, is her serve.

This has the makings of a terrific match, with Azarenka swinging out into the corners and Halep digging from side to side. They will play for two very long sets, with Azarenka knocking out Halep and screaming out her deep lungs “C’mon!”

This is going three sets, and it will be very close. The two players are 3-3 head to head, and while the Czech Kvitova has been better at the majors, the Italian has been more consistent and more forceful at the US Open. The lefty Kvitova has a substantial first serve, she can twist her forehand and pop her backhand down the line, but Pennetta is faster, she can nail the corners and when she is feeling good, she can charge up and put away her volleys.

This is the first time that Kvitova has made it to the quarters at the US Open, and she is playing more composed tennis than in past years. Pennetta will try to get in her head, because she knows that the Czech can become frustrated and over-hit, but Kvitova has been bashing the ball and showing increased maturity on the court. Kvitova will take the contest, in a tiebreak in the third set.

Today’s tips:
Lot’s of great doubles matches today, and the juniors are on the outer grounds courts. Once inside check out one of the electronic scoreboards listing matches in progress. Find a match or players that interest you. There is no other major sporting event where you can get so close to world class athletes as at the U.S. Open’s Grandstand court, or even Louis Armstrong stadium. Courts where you can get a real sense of the pace of the game.

Unfortunately, this is the last year for the Grandstand court, which is being replaced by a larger, less intimate court. It will be sorely missed. Make sure to find your way over there to see some matches while you can.

The best, most comprehensive review of the tournament and the current state of tennis can be found at the NYTimes/Sports

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:
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 8/9 ave) — / 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 + 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, 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” ($4.99, available Fall 2015).
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