Selected NYC Events (04/29) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

Today’s Elite 8 NYC Events > SATURDAY/APR.29, 2017

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

On a gorgeous spring day, a visit to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to enjoy the cherry blossom’s seems so right.

Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Ave., Brooklyn / 10AM-6PM, $30
“Today, only those vulnerable to pollen’s seasonal assault dread the impending bloom of New York’s cherry blossoms. But, as depicted in the 1975 horror film “Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees,” the flowers were feared by some in ancient Japan, who avoided passing beneath their petals as stories spread of the trees driving travellers mad. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is home to more than two hundred cherry trees across at least twenty-six species; this two-day festival, celebrating the blossoms’ arrival, is packed with performances reflecting both traditional and modern Japan, including taiko drumming, martial arts, and a cosplay fashion show. The biggest threat might be an ill-placed photobomb interrupting your well-framed shot, flush with pink.” (NewYorker)

7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Jane Monheit
>>Duke Ellington Orchestra: Celebrating Duke & Ella’s 100th Birthdays
>>Diana Ross
>>“Celebrating Ella: The First Lady of Jazz”
>>Chelsea “Best Exhibits” Gallery Tour

Queens Taste 2017
New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows Corona Park/ Tuesday May 2 – 6PM to 9PM
Not exactly Manhattan’s WestSide, but my mouth waters just thinking about this.

More than 60 vendors will serve samples of their delicious dishes, divine drinks, and dazzling desserts. This is Queens, America’s most ethnically diverse county, so expect Cypriot, French, Georgian, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Kosher, Malaysian, Moldovan, Paraguayan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, and Thai cuisine! And if you need a beverage Chris Murillo, who owns the local distillery Queens Courage, will mix gin-based drinks. In addition, four wine purveyors will pour and at least seven beer products will be on tap. Tea totalers will be able to quench their thirst with – what else? — bubble tea provided by Chatime.

Tickets ($125 each or two for $200) are available at Proceeds support the Queens Economic Development Corporation’s ongoing efforts to attract, create, and maintain jobs in the borough. As QEDC is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, proceeds are tax deductible as permitted by law.

For more information, call Rob MacKay at 718.263.0546 or send him an email via

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Jane Monheit (April 25-29.)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8:30, $40
“On her recent album, “The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald,” Monheit pays homage to a major vocal influence while having her pick of choice material from the likes of Rodgers and Hart, Arlen, and Porter—a win-win situation. While the album benefits from the work of the guest trumpeter Nicholas Payton, here this congenial stylist will share the spotlight only with the spirit of the great lady herself.” (NewYorker)

NEW YORK CITY BALLET (through May 28).
at the NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 8PM, $30+
“As part of its four-week Here/Now festival, the company spotlights three of today’s most inventive ballet choreographers, who have done some of their finest work at City Ballet. Each gets a program of his own: Christopher Wheeldon on Friday and Saturday evening; Alexei Ratmansky on Saturday afternoon and Tuesday; and Justin Peck on Sunday and Wednesday. And the spring gala on Thursday will include one of the season’s most anticipated offerings, a premiere by Mr. Ratmansky to music by Leonid Desyatnikov.” (GIA KOURLAS – NYT)

Duke Ellington Orchestra: Celebrating Duke & Ella’s 100th Birthdays
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $30, $45
“Considered one of the greatest American composers in history, Duke Ellington and his music influenced millions of people over the course of his 50-year career. Thanks to a body of work that transcends boundaries and renews itself through every generation of fans and music lovers, his legacy lives on and will endure for generations to come.

Ellington’s popular compositions set the bar for generations of brilliant jazz, pop, theater, and soundtrack composers to come. He is best remembered for the over 3,000 songs that he composed during his lifetime, including “It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing,” “Sophisticated Lady,” “Mood Indigo,” “Solitude,” “In a Mellow Tone,” and “Satin Doll.”

Although Ellington himself has passed, his music lives on, as does the orchestra that bears his name. A world-class big band, The Duke Ellington Orchestra continues to perform Duke’s music at venues worldwide, preserving the legacy of one of this country’s greatest national treasures.”

Diana Ross
City Center, 131 W 55th St (btwn 6th & 7th) / 8PM, $60+
“See living legend Diana Ross perform songs spanning her entire career in an historic five-night engagement at City Center. Widely acclaimed as one of the greatest entertainers of all time, Ross’ countless hits include “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Upside Down,” “I’m Coming Out,” “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “Where Did Our Love Go,” “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” and “Endless Love.” Ross recently received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. She is an Academy Award nominee, has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and has received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.”

“Celebrating Ella: The First Lady of Jazz” (April 27-29)
Rose Theatre, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th St./ 8PM, $22.50+
“No jazz singer was ever adored with more passion by both hardcore aficionados and the John Q. Public listener than the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald. Honoring this sorely missed genius of song on her centennial will be the singers Roberta Gambarini and Kenny Washington, supported by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Expect gems to be flung about the stage—only a chosen few (Sinatra, Crosby) brought as much classic American Songbook fare into the mainstream as Fitzgerald.” (NewYorker)

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

Chelsea “Best Exhibits” Gallery Tour
New York Gallery Tours, 1PM, +3:45PM, $25
“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.

The tour will take place no matter what the weather – rain, snow or shine (the art is all indoors). Meet at 526 W. 26th St. between 10th & 11th Ave. Nearest subways: C- or E-Train to 23rd St. Admission is $25. SPECIAL OFFER: visit our website to request a DISCOUNT ticket link for $8-off admission!”

If unlimited bacon and beer sounds heavenly to you, then buy yourself a ticket to this annual affair. You can taste dishes from more than 40 restaurants, including whiskey­glazed ribs from Salt & Bone, bacon chocolate chunk from Bang
Cookies, and bacon meatball pops from The Baroness Bar. Pair those bites with beers from Big Alice Brewing, Coney Island Brewing, Fire Island Beer Co. and others.
WHEN Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30,
WHERE at Citi Field, 123­01 Roosevelt Ave., Queens
INFO $69­ $79; ­­(STAV ZIV-Newsday)

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, classic jazz joints. all 6 within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. South,, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave., 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S., 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave.,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St., 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St., 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — / 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 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 for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):


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://
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

“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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