Selected NYC Events (10/31) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

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

Village Halloween Parade
Sixth Ave., heading north from Canal St. to 16th St./ 7PM, FREE
“Everyone’s invited—but costumes are required—to march in this wild parade, one of the city’s most exuberant traditions, now in its forty-third year. “It’s a time for people in the most modern city in the world to come out and behave in a completely primitive way,” Jeanne Fleming, the event’s longtime director, told The New Yorker in 1989. This year’s theme is “Reverie,” evoking the transformative power of the masquerade along with Halloween’s purge of the mischievous spirit. The parade will feature more than fifty-three bands, hundreds of giant puppets, and thousands of New Yorkers letting out their inner monsters.” (NewYorker)

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

Ellington, Basie, and Beyond:
Big Band Jazz, with John Wriggle
Week Four: More Swing Era: Expanding the Tools (1940s)
Rose Hall, 5th floor, Broadway and 60th St./ 6:30PM, $35 pm
“In the 1940s, the big bands grew in size, and became more ambitious in scope, not only playing for dancers but also for concert-goers as well. Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Claude Thornhill, and many others strove to expand the form beyond its dance-based roots, and helped to create a uniquely American form of concert music.”

Crossing the Abode of Death
The Explorers Club, 6 E. 70th St./ 6PM, $25
“This is the tale of the recreation of the first ever crossing of the largest sand desert on earth—the Empty Quarter of Arabia. The journey of 1,300 km reached Doha in Qatar on January 27th 2016, after 49 days on foot and by camel through Oman, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Until 2016, all requests to repeat the historic first crossing which took place in 1930/31 had been denied by the Saudi Arabian government. Thanks to high level patronage, Explorers Club Fellow Mark Evans was able to secure the support of King Salman of Saudi Arabia, and by Royal Command was allowed to enter and cross Saudi Arabia at a remote border crossing, and so complete the first ever crossing of the largest sand desert on earth since the original expedition 85 years prior.”

Speaking of Science: Climate Change and Nuclear Power
New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W64th St./ 6:30PM, $10
As our world warms, our relationship to nuclear power evolves. Michel Lee leads a conversation that touches on engineering, disaster science, climatology, limnology, and oceanography (for starters). It’s been almost four decades since the U.S. was active in the reactor construction business. Should that change?” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Author @ the Library:
Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience, with Melanie Kirkpatrick, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and a former deputy editor of The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page.
Mid-Manhattan Library / 6:30PM, FREE
“This lecture brings to life the full history of the holiday and what it has meant to generations of Americans.”

ARCHTOBER (LAST DAY)
TODAY’S events include: National September 11 Memorial & Museum / 12PM
The Stories They Tell: Trees of Steel
“Every Monday in October, 9/11 Memorial staff will present a short talk about the architectural history of the World Trade Center site as exemplified by the tridents, iconic forked beams that withstood the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11. These talks will take place in the Museum Auditorium and are free with Museum admission.”

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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.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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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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