Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events >THURSDAY/ AUGUST 04, 2016
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Have time for only one NYC 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.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, An American In Paris, Avenue Q, Holiday Inn
Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Geri Allen Quintet (through Aug. 7)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $30
“Geri Allen, long one of the finest postbop pianists of her generation, has become a force in jazz education and a conscientious steward of jazz history. Additionally, she remains a composer, arranger and bandleader of considerable resources. In this group, she will call on the tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, the bassist Kenny Davis and the drummer Victor Lewis — as well as her son, the trumpeter Wallace Roney Jr., a serious up-and-comer now studying at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.” (Chinen-NYT)
Django Reinhardt NY Festival (through Aug. 7)
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $
“This joyous celebration of French Gypsy jazz, named after the guitarist still regarded as its paragon, rolls up for its annual week at Birdland in strong and limber form, coming off a cross-country tour. Along with perennial anchors like the accordionist Ludovic Beier and the guitarist Samson Schmitt, the engagement will feature a parade of guests, including the Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen (Tuesday) and the Dutch pianist Peter Beets (Wednesday and Thursday).” (Chinen-NYT)
Elsewhere but this looks worth the short detour:
Dee Dee Bridgewater
MetroTech Commons mm/ 12PM, FREE
“Dee Dee Bridgewater is jazz-vocal royalty, a consummate old-school crooner-belter whose career stretches back more than 40 years. Her latest studio set, 2010’s Grammy-winning Eleanora Fagan (1915–1959): To Billie with Love from Dee Dee Bridgewater, honored Billie Holiday, so there’s a good chance you’ll hear some of that classic repertoire as she plays here at tthe R&B Festival at MetroTech 2016.” (TONY)
Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other
Hip Hop and Comics with Ed Piskor
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, $16
“Join Ed Piskor, New York Times best-selling, award-winning cartoonist to delve deep into the 40-year kinship between hip-hop culture and comic books. Beginning with graffiti in the subway yards and jumping to the art of album covers, music videos, and graphic novels, Piskor paints a clear picture in this highly visual presentation and describes the elements that came together to create his hit series of comics, Hip Hop Family Tree. This program accompanies our exhibition, Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs.”
Elsewhere, but this new series looks quite good, and worth the detour:
Thursday Nights at the Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, at Prospect Park/
“Like the museum’s First Saturdays program, this recurring event has a major sponsor (Squarespace) and an interdisciplinary lineup (film, conversation and, of course, dance). From 6 to 8 p.m., the D.J. Juliana Huxtable will bring her beats to the boomboxes of the artist Tom Sachs. And at 8 p.m., visitors can choose between a film screening, the 20-year-old cult classic “Space Jam,” and a discussion with the musician David Byrne and the artist Stephen Powers about the glories of eccentricity.” (NYT-AroundTown)
PLUS: EAT & DRINK
NYCity Restaurant Week Summer 2016 (July 25 – Aug 19, 2016)
Enjoy gourmet, 3-course $29 lunch and $42 dinner at 380 participating NYC Restaurant Week restaurants. (Saturdays excluded; Sundays optional. Beverages, gratuities and taxes are not included).
Where to get the best Restaurant Week deals?
See Georgia Kral’s recommendations in AMNY.
OR Zagat’s 8 NYC Restaurant Week Reservations to Make Right Now
OR Thrillist’s advice on the best deals.
OR TimeOutNewYork’s picks of the top Restaurant Week restaurants.
OR CBS Local’s Best Deals in Manhattan.
Reservations are definitely recommended. Mangia!
Bonus NYC Events – 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
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 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 for these top NYC Events, 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”
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