NYC Events,”Only the Best” (06/12) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

Today’s Sweet 6  NYC Events > MONDAY/JUNE 12, 2017

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-June”

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

Michael Gross with William D. Cohan: Covering the Wealthy
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 8PM, $32
“One of our most provocative journalists, Michael Gross has cornered the market for insiders’ stories of the most bewitching and private worlds of the privileged, very rich, talented and beautiful. In books that offer an unprecedented blend of broadsheet gravitas and tabloid entertainment, he’s taken delighted readers inside the glorified worlds of fashion, culture and NYC real estate to reveal secrets, scandals and stories of sex, power, money and ego. William D. Cohan, the former Wall Street M&A investment banker for Lazard Frères and New York Times bestselling author of three books about Wall Street, joins him for what’s sure to be a riveting, insightful and delicious conversation about the power brokers, publishers, geniuses and visionaries who made New York City the center of the fashion and business world.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>FEIST
>>GRUNT: The Curious Science of Humans at War
>>Public Lecture Series with David Thoreson: The Northwest Passage
>>Aging in America: A Cultural History
>>OutdoorFest
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

FEIST (June 10-12)
at the Town Hall / 8PM, $40-60
“The Canadian singer-songwriter Feist prefers not to rush her art. Four years elapsed between the breakthrough pop success of her 2007 album, “The Reminder,” and her next release, “Metals”; another six went by before she returned this spring with her latest album, “Pleasure,” a work of slow-burning beauty. These shows promise to be well worth the wait for Feist’s patient fans.” (NYT-SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON)

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

GRUNT: The Curious Science of Humans at War
The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Ave./6PM, FREE
“Much of military science is preoccupied with the study of violence, the development of strategy, of weapons, of warfare. But on a daily basis, soldiers also fight more esoteric battles against less considered adversaries. In GRUNT: The Curious Science of Humans at War, America’s favorite science writer, Mary Roach, explores those aspects of war that no one makes movies about—not the killing but the keeping alive.

GRUNT salutes the scientists and surgeons running along in the wake of combat. In GRUNT, the heroes engage in highly unorthodox thinking; like Navy flight surgeon Angus Rupert, who flew blindfolded and upside down to test a vibrating suit designed to help pilots fly by feel should they become blinded or disoriented, and Captain Herschel Flowers of the Army Medical Research Laboratory, who injected himself with cobra venom to test the possibility of building immunity.”

Public Lecture Series with David Thoreson: The Northwest Passage
The Explorers Club, 6 E. 70th St./6PM, $25
“David Thoreson FN ’16 will share stories of adventure as the first American to sail the Arctic’s Northwest Passage in both directions, including an eyewitness account of the climate change impacts to sensitive Arctic and ocean environments. His presentation includes visual stories of three Arctic expeditions aboard small sailboats. It stitches these voyages together with history, photography, trip planning, satellite data, wildlife, native villages, and changes in the environment which have contributed to loss of Arctic ice.”

Author @ the Library:
Aging in America: A Cultural History
Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
With Lawrence R. Samuel, founder of Boomers 3.0. and author of several books, including “Freud on Madison Avenue: Motivation Research and Subliminal Advertising in America.”
“This illustrated lecture traces the story of aging in the United States over the course of the last half century.”

OutdoorFest
at various locations and times; free–$69
“OutdoorFest, a ten-day lineup of activities, classes and volunteering opportunities, aims to get New York apartment dwellers to engage with the natural environment around the five boroughs. Look up the full schedule to save your spot for mountain biking, outdoor yoga, backcountry cooking, fly fishing, hiking, running and, naturally, beer drinking—can’t miss that.” (TONY)

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and don’t forget this continuing event, an eclectic extravaganza that is an annual highlight for the very Upper WestSide of Manhattan:

2017 Uptown Arts Stroll
“The 2017 Uptown Arts Stroll is kicking off with a bang. Since 2003, this annual showcase has offered a variety of arts and cultural events in Washington Heights, Inwood and West Harlem; in addition to performances, it’s presenting art exhibitions, literary events and open studios.” (untappedcities)

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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, 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 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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