Selected Events (07/21) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square/ Theater District)

Today’s Sweet 6 > THURSDAY / JULY 21, 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.
For future events be sure to check the tab above: “Annual Events / July”

Have time for only one event today? Do this:

Broadway in Bryant Park (Thursdays thru Aug 11)
Bryant Park / 12:30–1:30PM, FREE
“Can’t get a ticket to your favorite Broadway show? You might get lucky in Bryant Park. Catch the best performances on and off Broadway as talented musicians and actors showcase the hits.” (TONY)

Have your picnic lunch in nycity’s best vest pocket park, while listening to cast members of popular musicals perform their hits. I look forward to this wonderful, only in NYCity experience each year.
TODAY: Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miserables, Fuerza Bruta, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Cirque De Soleil Paramour

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Elsewhere, but this sure looks worth the slight detour:
Jazz in July (Tuesday through Thursday, + July 19-21)
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 8PM, $
“Under the watchful eyes and adroit fingers of the pianist and artistic director Bill Charlap, this venerated festival keeps on swinging. Tributes to Billy Strayhorn, Nat King Cole, and other luminaries highlight the series, which makes nimble use of such mainstream notables as Houston Person, Sandy Stewart, Warren Vache, Anat Cohen, and Carol Sloane.” (NewYorker)

Today’s program is pretty special: “Unforgettable: The Nat King Cole Songbook,” will feature Cole’s brother Freddy Cole and, on tenor saxophone, his longtime associate Houston Person.

Tammy Faye Starlite Is Nico: Underground
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, FREE
Seating is limited, better get there no later than 7PM
“Tammy Faye Starlite pays magnetic and hilarious tribute to the glacial German singer Nico, whose bored baritone vocals added eerie Continental glamour to the first Velvet Underground album.” (TONY)

Joe Lovano Quartet (through July 24)
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave. South, at 11th St./ 8:30PM, 10:30PM, $30
“Just over 20 years ago, Mr. Lovano, a saxophonist drawn to garrulous epiphany and tender lyricism, released “Quartets: Live at the Village Vanguard,” a superb double album documenting two separate engagements at the club. The more adventurous of the two quartets on the album will reunite there next week, bringing a world of insights; its members are Tom Harrell on trumpet, Anthony Cox on bass and Billy Hart on drums.” (Chinen-NYT)

PLUS
Kamau
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum /
6-9PM, $15, includes one complimentary drink.
Join us an evening of music, cocktails and dancing, held in the recently renewed Arthur Ross Terrace & Garden. Cocktails and light fare for purchase from Tarallucci e Vino. Held rain or shine. Enjoy the sounds of KAMAU, singer, rapper and producer. He fuses his lifelong musical, cultural, physical and emotional influences…

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

Don’t forget to attend this event:
Flex Your Memory to Master Names and Faces
New York Public Library – Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
“With Brent Sverdloff, author of “How Could I Forget You! A Creative Way to Remember Names and Faces,” and a practitioner of trained-memory methods.

This illustrated lecture and lively interactive workshop explores techniques for remembering sequential information (e.g., lists, speeches) plus names and faces.”

Rome on the Cusp of the Modern Era: 1849–1870
Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave./ 6:30PM, $15
“Rome was under siege. Giuseppe Garibaldi and his followers rallied to the defense of the newly proclaimed Roman Republic, while a French expeditionary force fought to restore the pope. As the battle raged, the American correspondent Margaret Fuller was present in Rome and chronicled the dramatic events in her letters and dispatches.

Explore this turbulent year and the events that eventually led to Rome becoming the capital of unified Italy with two Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers, David Kertzer, Dupee University Professor of Social Science at Brown University and author of The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara and The Pope and Mussolini, and Megan Marshall, Charles Wesley Emerson College Professor at Emerson College and author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life.”

The exhibition City of the Soul: Rome and the Romantics will be open at 5:30 pm for program attendees.

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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, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

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

Special Mention:
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.

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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, 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.
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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.
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Website: are you kidding !
(although there is a facebook page with lots of photos –
facebook.com/jimmyscornernyc)
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

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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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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.
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“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 Fall 2016).
◊ Order before Sept. 30, 2016 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.
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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.

OpenTable
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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