Selected NYC Events (10/15) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

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For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Annual NYC Events / Oct.”

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

OPEN HOUSE NEW YORK (all weekend)
(this is my favorite weekend event all year and the weather looks superb)
“Historic residential and commercial buildings will be opened to the public during this annual architecture-tour-and-talk series. Attendees will enjoy unparalleled access to more than two hundred and seventy-five sites across the city, along with informative lectures from the designers and developers who continue to shape civic life and build the New York of tomorrow. Highlights include the African Burial Ground National Monument, in Tribeca; the newly restored Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, in the financial district; the rooftop farms of Brooklyn Grange; a trip to the top of Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine; the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage, in the Bronx; the Met Breuer, which opened last March, on the Upper East Side; and Kings Theatre, in Flatbush, which was restored and reopened in January, 2015.” (NewYorker)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

JAZZ 100: THE MUSIC OF DIZZY, ELLA, MONGO, AND MONK
Rose Theatre, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th St./ 8PM, $50+
Other than their legendary jazz status, what do Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Mongo Santamaria, and Thelonious Monk have in common? They’ll all have their hundredth birthdays in 2017. For this early celebration, a hand-picked ensemble, under the direction of the pianist Danilo Perez, including Chris Potter, Wycliffe Gordon, and Ledisi, reinterprets music from each of the icons.” (NewYorker)

BILL FRISELL (through Oct. 16)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $20-$35
“The 2014 album “Guitar in the Space Age!” documented Frisell’s infatuation with the pop and country music of his impressionable youth. The record never quite achieved liftoff, but in performance this brilliant instrumentalist and his sharp quartet (with the pedal-steel guitarist Greg Leis) are determined to convey the exhilaration of first-love listening.” (NewYorker)

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

Chelsea “Best Exhibits” Gallery Tour
Meet at 526 W. 26th St. between 10th & 11th Ave./ 1PM, $25
(visit their website to get a DISCOUNT code for $8-off admission!) “Take a fascinating gallery tour of Chelsea – the world’s center for contemporary art – and see the very latest in painting, sculpture, electronic media & photography. Our guide, who holds a Ph.D. in arts education, helps explain the artwork and leads the group in lively discussion.”

ARCHTOBER (through Oct. 31)
Tours, talks, exhibitions — it’s difficult to keep track of all the events going on during New York’s annual monthlong celebration of architecture and design. Each day features a building of the day, with a tour. Make reservations early; coveted tours sell out quickly. Among the options for the coming week is the edible schoolyard at P.S. 7 in East Harlem (Tuesday at noon). Other highlights include a tour of the Steinway piano factory in Astoria, Queens (Saturday at 1 p.m.). More information at archtober.org.” (NYT-AroundTown)

TODAY’S events includeSteinway Piano Factory Tour / 1:00-4:00pm
“Join AIA Queens as we explore the factory of one of the most famous piano makers in the world, located in Astoria, Queens. Steinway & Sons, founded in 1853, has called Queens home for decades, a place where Steinway pianos are built by hand and its place in local history is worth finding out about.”

The 54th New York Film Festival (thru Oct.16)
Alice Tully Hall, various times
“Founded in 1963, as the auteur theory and European cinematic modernism were crashing upon the shores of American film culture, the New York Film Festival continues to introduce audiences to the most exciting, innovative and accomplished works of world cinema. Join us as North America’s second oldest film festival marks its 54th edition with 17 days of exciting world premieres, award winners from Cannes, Berlin and Venice, retrospective screenings, spotlights on emerging filmmakers, panels, galas and much more!”
TODAY’s movies include: RETROSPECTIVE – 23 Paces to Baker Street / 3:15PM
“In this ingenious, light yet genuinely suspenseful mystery, Van Johnson plays a blind American playwright living in London who sits down for a drink in his neighborhood pub and overhears a casual plan to commit murder.”

BONUS:

NEW YORK CITY WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL (through Sunday)
at various venues and times, $85-$300
“Just reading through the list of events at this year’s festival is sure to stir up an appetite. There will be dinners and tasting events with chefs, celebrities and stars of the Food Network and Cooking Channel, including Giada De Laurentiis, Anne Burrell, Mario Batali, Dominique Ansel, Neil Patrick Harris and Guy Fieri. The festival benefits No Kid Hungry and Food Bank For New York City.” (Newsday)

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Bonus NYC Events – Jazz Clubs:
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 – 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 for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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A PremierPub / Tribeca

B-Flat / 277 Church St. (btw Franklin/White St))

b_flat4There are some places that are tough to find, then add a layer of mystery when you do find them. B-Flat has a nondescript, almost unmarked door at street level – today’s speakeasy vibe. Open this door and you face a dimly lit stairway down to their basement location. It almost takes a leap of faith to follow the stairs down to their interior door.
But open that door and a pleasant surprise awaits you.

It’s a basement jazz spot all right, but not like any traditional jazz joint you may have been to before. This place looks as fresh as today, probably because it’s only been open for 6 years. Even though it hasn’t had a chance to age gracefully, the cherry wood accents and low lighting make this small space very inviting.

There is always jazz, often progressive jazz, playing over their very discrete, stylish bose speakers, setting just the right tone as you find a seat at the bar, or one of the small tables. There is wine and beer available, but this place has some expert mixologists making some very creative cocktails, which I’m told change seasonally, a nice touch.

Come at happy hour and tasty cocktails like the el Diablo or the lychee martini are $8 – not bad. I am a sucker for any drink made with lychee and how can you not try a tequila drink named el Diablo. There is also nice selection of small bites available at happy hour and a food menu that is as innovative as the cocktail menu, so this does not have to be a happy hour only stop.

It wasn’t surprising to find a tasty prosciutto and arugula salad with yuzu dressing, but I did not expect to find such a good version of fried chicken breast on the apps menu. Here it’s called “Tatsuta.” Best bet is to sample happy hour, then dinner on a Monday or Wednesday night, when you can finish with no cover live jazz that starts around 8.

This place is tough to find (look for a small slate sandwich board on the sidewalk out front advertising happy hour) and on some nights when there is no live music it may be a little too quiet for some. But I think it’s worth searching out if you want a place with good music, food, and especially drinks, away from the maddening crowd.

Website: http://http://www.bflat.info/index.html
Phone #: 212-219-2970
Hours: Mo-Wed 5pm-2am; Th-Sat 5pm-3am; no Sun
Happy Hour: 5-7pm every day; $8 cocktails + special prices on apps
Music: Mon/Wed 8pm
Subway: #1 to Franklin; walk E 1 blk to Church; N 1 blk to bFlat

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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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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. The MTA also has Bus Time info available on their mobile website.
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