Selected NYC Events (03/26) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper WestSide)

Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events > SUNDAY/MAR.26, 2017

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

For an old timer from Highbridge, this has to be today’s premier event:

New York City’s Oldest Standing Bridge:
History of the High Bridge and the Croton Waterworks
Yeshiva University in Washington Heights / 3:30PM, FREE, (R.S.V.P. required)
“Join the Fort Tryon Park Trust, Yeshiva University, NYC Parks, and the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct to learn what went into the making of the historic High Bridge, NYC’s oldest standing bridge, and how it transformed New York City.

Robert Kornfeld, historian and preservation architect, will present on the making of the High Bridge and the Croton Aqueduct system, an engineering marvel listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Bob also serves as the Vice President of the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct and has lectured at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture and the New York State Society of Professional Engineers.”

5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>‘THE NEW YORKERS’ 
>>Renee Rosnes
>>VICTOR GOINES QUARTET WITH DON VAPPIE
>>MACY’S FLOWER SHOW 
>>Shady Ladies of the Met Museum

Plus, don’t forget these Continuing Events:
>> New Directors / New Films festival
>>The Orchid Show

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

‘THE NEW YORKERS’ 
“New York City Center’s Encores! comes up with a genuine
rediscovery Cole Porter’s little­-known 1930 prohibition show,
subtitled “A Sociological Musical Satire,” (LINDA WINER-Newsday)
WHEN I Wednesday, March 22, through Sunday, March 26,
WHERE I  at New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St.
INFO $35­$125; 212­581­1212, nycitycenter.org ­­

Renee Rosnes (Mar.24-26)
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, btw105th/106th Sts./ 7,9,10;30PM, $38
“On the gifted pianist’s recent album, “Written in the Rocks,” composition assumes equal importance with instrumental invention. After paying initial dues with such monumental modernists as Wayne Shorter and Joe Henderson, Rosnes has stepped firmly into the role of assured bandleader. She’s joined by key collaborators, including the vibraphonist Steve Nelson, the bassist Peter Washington, and the drummer Lewis Nash.” (NewYorker)

VICTOR GOINES QUARTET WITH DON VAPPIE (Mar.24-26)
at Dizzy’s Club, / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $40
“Mr. Goines plays both tenor saxophone and clarinet with robust warmth and gentlemanly humor. He learned at the elbow of Ellis Marsalis, New Orleans’s great bebop patriarch, and for nearly 25 years he’s been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Mr. Marsalis’s son Wynton. Mr. Goines steps to the fore here with a three-night run at Dizzy’s. But he is taking the opportunity to shine light on another New Orleanian, too: the banjo player, guitarist and vocalist Don Vappie. The two will perform alongside the pianist Jo Ann Daugherty, the bassist Emma Dayhuff and the drummer Greg Artry.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)
Trust me , Victor Goines is one fine reed player. Last night’s sets were sold out and enjoyed by all.

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

MACY’S FLOWER SHOW 
“It may not have felt like spring is here this March, but Macy’s is using more than 5,000 types of flowers and plants to brighten up the main floor of its flagship store this month & hopefully, mark a turn of the weather. The theme for this year’s flower show is “Carnival” with  a two tier roller coaster, bumper cars, Ferris wheel and more. “(STAV ZIV-Newsday)
WHEN |  Sunday, March 26, to April 9 
WHERE I at Macy’s Herald Square Flagship, 151 West 34th St. 
INFO Free; 212­494­4495, macys.com/flowershow ­­

Shady Ladies of the Met Museum
The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 11:15am; $59
“Join professor Andrew Lear (of the Gay Secrets of the Metropolitan tour series) as he shows you some of the “sexiest and sauciest” women immortalized in the museum. The tour introduces you to powerful female pharaohs, pre-Enlightenment French scientists and suffragist patrons of the Met.” (TONY)

And don’t forget these continuing events:

New Directors / New Films festival (LAST DAY)
Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art, @ various times
“Celebrating its 46th edition in 2017, the New Directors/
New Films festival introduces New York audiences to the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world. Throughout its rich, nearly half-century history, New Directors has brought previously little-known talents like Pedro Almódovar, Chantal Akerman, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Christopher Nolan, Laura Poitras, Spike Lee, and Kelly Reichardt to wider audiences. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating a group of filmmakers who represent the present and anticipate the future of cinema: daring artists whose work pushes the envelope and is never what you’d expect.”

This is a wonderful, only in New York, film festival with only two days left. For full programming and ticketing information, please visit newdirectors.org.

The Orchid Show (thru April 09)
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., the Bronx.
“This edition of the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show, now in its fifteenth year, focusses on Thailand’s rich history and the flower’s cultural status as one of the country’s leading exports. Held in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the display features blooming orchids by the hundreds in lush tropical environments, leading into an arched installment styled in the manner of a traditional Thai pavilion. The schedule includes several panel discussions, tours, and after-hours viewings with music and cocktails.” (NewYorker)

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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
(5 underground (UG), classic jazz joints. all 6 within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 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 – UG, 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 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats in advance at these top NYC events, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):
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A PremierPub / Upper West Side

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que / 700 W125th St. @ 12th ave.

Walk only five minutes from the 125th St. station on the #1 line to find this authentic honky-tonk barbecue joint. Some folks think Dinosaur is just a place to eat ribs. Au contraire. With 24 carefully selected taps, this is a place to drink beer, and eat ribs.

HarlHostStandNo food goes better with American craft ales than American barbecue. Dinosaur may be the best combo of good beer drinking and hearty eating in town, which makes the trip uptown to West Harlem totally worthwhile.

This second incarnation of Dinosaur in Harlem is in a two story, old brick warehouse near the Hudson River. Don’t let that run down exterior fool you. Inside it’s a large space with huge, rough wooden columns and unfinished wooden floors and brick walls – just right for a bbq joint. As soon as you open the front door you are hit with that tantalizing aroma of barbecue coming from the large open kitchen. Reminds me of those great rib joints I frequented when stationed in North Carolina all those years ago. If your stomach wasn’t grumbling before, it is now.

Head to the bar, sit down and try to decide on a beer. It’s not an easy decision – a good problem to have. This is a pretty damn good beer list to choose from, one that most beer bars should be jealous of. I love that they feature NY craft beers. You may want to try the four beer sampler, which is always fun, and in this place may be necessary.

The blues music playing in the background will get you in the mood for their North Carolina style barbecue, and even when it’s a full house your order shouldn’t take too long (assuming you snagged a table). The food is all slow smoked, so it’s already mostly done and ready to go. I always start with an order of their giant, spice rubbed wings, so good they may make you give up Buffalo wings.

Unfortunately, a place this good does not fly under the radar. There can be some long waits for a table at dinnertime. So you need a strategy – avoid prime time, and try not to arrive with your entire posse, which will limit your seating options.

A seat at the bar, a small table in the bar area, or in the summer, an outside table underneath what’s left of the elevated West Side Highway, all may open before a table inside the main dining room. Otherwise, try Dinosaur for lunch, or come very late for dinner, maybe after a show at the nearby Cotton Club nightclub.

Website: http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/
Phone #: 212-694-1777
Hours: Mo-Th 11:30am-11:00pm; Fr-Sa 11:30am-12:00am;
Su 12:00pm-10:00pm
Happy Hour: 4-7pm every day; $1 off all drinks
Music: Fri / Sat 10:30pm
Subway: #1 to 125th St.
Walk 2 blk W on 125th St. to Dinosaur Bar-B-Q,
just past the elevated highway.
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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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