Selected Events (05/22) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square/ Theater District)

Today’s Elite 8 > SUNDAY / MAY 22, 2016

“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 more complete event info.)

Have time for only one event today? Do this:

New York on Location: Street Fair and Celebration
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave. Queens/ 11AM-5PM, FREE
“..a day-long, family-friendly street fair that offers a behind-the-scenes look at film production in New York. The public will have the rare opportunity to go inside 20+ working movie trailers and trucks—straight from productions shooting in New York—and speak directly with movie professionals about what they do on set. As in past years, the event will feature stunt performers demonstrating street fighting, high-falls, and stunt-driving; makeup and hair demos; and weather effects like snow and rain. Food will be available from movie catering trucks and treat trucks.” (

PLUS, admission is free to the Museum all day, and this is one small gem of a museum.
Not Manhattan’s WestSide, but this is surely worth the detour.
subway: R or E  from Times Square to Steinway St., 20 min

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Bill Stewart Quartet (LAST DAY)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave South,/ 8:30PM +10:30PM, $30
“Bill Stewart is a drummer of deep creative resources, and a composer drawn to crooked logic and low-key surprise. His engaging new album, “Space Squid,” spotlights the same longtime band joining him at the Village Vanguard next week, with the tenor and soprano saxophonist Seamus Blake, the pianist Bill Carrothers and the bassist Ben Street.”(Chinen-NYT)

Cuba Festival: Irene Rodríguez Compañía (LAST DAY)
Try to see this one – it’s wonderful. Seats in the side Loge are excellent and only $35.
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave. @ 19th St./ 2PM, $35, $60
IreneRodriguez5“The Joyce continues its dedication to promoting the best of Cuban dance in this festival focusing on the return of audience favorite Malpaso Dance Company and the New York debuts of two other skilled and stylish companies.

Irene Rodríguez, one of the most prominent figures in Cuban dance, has created a company rooted in classical Spanish Flamenco that has been presented on prestigious stages throughout Cuba. Merging the dramatic arts, contemporary dance, national rhythms, and anything else that unites both the tradition and modernity of the Cuban character, the company leaves a “trail of triumph and applause” (Granma, Cuba) whenever it performs.”

“Irene Rodríguez Compañía combines Spanish flamenco with contemporary dance and Cuban rhythms for infectious performances that honor both tradition and modernity. ‘ (Schaefer-NYT)

Kurt Rosenwinkel and the OJM Big Band (LAST DAY)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM +10:30PM, $20, $35
“This astonishingly fluid and harmonically adventurous guitarist is among the most gifted members of the generation of players that followed such visionary six-string giants as Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell. Here he shares his luxurious chops with Portugal’s Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos, which joined him on the 2010 album “Our Secret World.”(NewYorker)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other

Vulture Festival (LAST DAY)
A Sunday Evening with David Chase
Milk Studios, 450 W15th St./ 5PM, $50
Emmy Award–winning writer, director, and producer David Chase (The Sopranos) returns to your Sunday night, in an exclusive interview with New York Magazine and Vulture television critic Matt Zoller Seitz. . Tickets $50 (wine to be served during the event).

‘New York magazine’s entertainment website, Vulture, hosts this annual celebration of all things binge-worthy in the world of pop culture. Many of the 30-plus offerings — which include talks, screenings and tours — are sold out, but standby tickets are available 15 minutes before each event. Among the highlights is a singalong of the musical “Rent” with Broadway stars (10:30 a.m. on Sunday, at Milk Studios,450 West 15th Street). More information at” (NYT-AroundTown)

Sacred Sites Open House Weekend
“Tourism with sacred sites can be tricky; some are not open during the day, and visitors may find themselves admiring a church’s art in the middle of a service. But for this free annual event, which features more than 150 houses of religion, doors are open wide to the public to play the part of tourists for the weekend. Churches from all five boroughs, including St. Bartholomew’s Church and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, are planning to take part.

For people who want to plan ahead (which is a good idea, as hours vary from venue to venue), the Conservancy has an interactive online guide — with details for all the participating churches and registration for walking tours — at
More information: 212-995-5260,

“Harlem EatUP! (LAST DAY)
Harlem (Multiple Locations)/ Today Morningside Park, 12:30-5:30PM
Marcus Samuelsson and J.J. Johnson have brought together a top-notch lineup of chefs for this incredible Harlem food festival, which includes both grand tastings and seated dinners. Participating restaurants include Mountain Bird, Melba’s, Blujeen, and more. Some of this weekend’s events are free, but others require tickets ($80 and up).
Check out the full roster of activities here.

The Hidden History of City Hall Park
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave./ 1PM, $30
“Most people know City Hall Park as the center of city government, but did you know that British soldiers were once housed there during the Revolutionary War? Or that there was an almshouse and a prison right next door? Join us for a walking tour with archaeologist Alyssa Loorya to discover the hidden history of the park from its early Dutch beginnings through the present day. With more than 15 years of experience excavating in lower Manhattan, Loorya will share stories from the Park’s colorful history and insights into digging beneath Manhattan’s bustling streets. The total length of the tour will be less than 3/4 of a mile.”

Bonus – Jazz Venues:
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 (all six are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – 178 7th Ave. South,, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave., 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S., 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave.,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St., 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia St., 212-989-9319

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 58 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2016.  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”
◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places, and essays on my favorite 18 Premier Pubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide, order a copy of my e-book:
“Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($4.99, available Summer 2016).
◊ Order before July 31, 2016 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.

This week’s fave and FREE NYCity AppS: 
Trip Advisor
An enormous base of NYCity user reviews (2.1 million) provides the widest coverage of hotels (468), restaurants (12,645) and things to do (yes, 3,246). Have a specific question? Then try one of Trip Advisor’s forums. Just remember that with all those reviews you have to try to find the consistency among the comments, and ignore the outliers.

Instantly locate restaurants near you with open reservations and then place a reservation right from your iOS device. A great interface and the ability to see a menu from the restaurant you’re interested in makes this my go to restaurant reservation app.

Subway Time 
Need to catch your #1,2,3 subway to attend an event? Use the Subway Time app from the MTA to find out when the next train arrives at your station.

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