NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/30) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square / Theater District)

Today’s Sweet 6  NYC Events > SUNDAY/JULY 30, 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-July”
It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you’ll find anywhere.

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

Catherine Russell
Dizzy’s Club, / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $45
“Russell has the kind of genes that practically demand a career in jazz: her father, Luis Russell, was a big-band leader famously associated with Louis Armstrong, and her mother, Carline Ray, was a guitarist with the pioneering all-female International Sweethearts of Rhythm band. But the feisty vocalist Russell took a few interesting detours along her musical route, including stints as a backup singer for the likes of David Bowie, Paul Simon, and Cyndi Lauper. Her 2016 album, “Harlem on My Mind,” found her doing what she does so well, polishing swing classics with panache and sass.” (NEWYORKER)


5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Summergarden: New Music for New York
>>Hudson River Park, the High Line and New Architecture in West Chelsea and the Far West Village
>>Secrets and Seawalls | A Dance Performance Aboard Ship Wavertree

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Summergarden: New Music for New York
MOMA, The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden / 8PM, FREE
Entrance to Summergarden is through the Sculpture Garden gate on West 54 Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues.
Tonight: Jazz Concert II:
Patrick Bartley’s Dreamweaver Society
“The Museum of Modern Art established Summergarden in 1971. In keeping with MoMA’s history of presenting jazz and classical music in the Sculpture Garden, this year’s concert series once again welcomes the participation of The Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Titled New Music for New York, the series comprises four evenings of adventurous contemporary music, with premieres each night.”

at Jazz Standard / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $30
“Mr. Sands, a young pianist, studied under Billy Taylor and has put in years as a sideman with the bassist Christian McBride. That’s about all you need to know in the way of bona fides. What about his sound? On his new album, “Reach,” Mr. Sands drifts comfortably among swinging postbop (“Armando’s Song”), eloquent balladry (“Somewhere Out There”) and backbeat-driven head-bobbing (“Gangstalude”). He appears at Jazz Standard for four nights with Eric Wheeler on bass and Jerome Jennings on drums. On July 29 and 30, he will also welcome aboard the alto saxophonist Antonio Hart and the trumpeter Josh Evans.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30PM, $30
“Mr. Hersch plays the piano with a scrupulous momentum, especially when he’s with his trio. His solos can be swift and elusive, but they never sacrifice their distinctive lyrical clarity. Next week at the Village Vanguard, he will perform two sets a night with his longtime sidemen, the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Eric McPherson. This run is part of a busy summer: Before it’s over, Mr. Hersch will release both a solo piano album, “Open Book,” and a memoir, “Good Things Happen Slowly.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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

Hudson River Park, the High Line and New Architecture in West Chelsea and the Far West Village
Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Pl./ 10:30AM, $30
Meet at the landside end of Pier 62 (West 22 St.), adjacent to the north entrance of Chelsea Piers and ‘Wichcraft

“View a stunning variety of new architecture in West Chelsea and the Far West Village, as well as portions of Hudson River Park and the High Line, around which these new buildings are clustered. Included are buildings designed by Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Shigeru Ban, Neil Denari, Selldorf Architects, Todd Schliemann/Ennead Architects, Richard Meier, and others.

Tours will run rain or shine. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Registration is limited to 15; walk-ups are not guaranteed a spot on the tour. Some tours utilize VOX amplification systems; attendees are welcome to bring their personal earbuds.
Guide: Kyle Johnson, AIA”

Secrets and Seawalls | A Dance Performance Aboard Ship Wavertree
South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton St./ 5PM, $30
“Secrets and Seawalls is an evening of dance in two distinct acts. Inspired by hurricane Sandy and New York’s strength and susceptibility, Melissa Riker, in collaboration with architect Lee H. Skolnick, FAIA, has created an evening of whispers, secrets and raw beauty exploring vulnerability, power, and how each are revealed. Dancers whisper across an expanse; stealing and sharing secrets in a shifting, immersive environment.
The piece is spurred by questions: Does power exist in the structures we create? In the way we withhold information? Or, is it in the vulnerability revealed before the storm?” (

VIP tickets are $45 and includes exclusive pre-show tour of Wavertree and after show meet and greet with the performers.

Let’s not forget this marvelous continuing event:

Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2017
“Lincoln Center Out of Doors, one of the country’s longest-running free outdoor summer festivals, opens this year on July 26 and runs through August 13. The 47th edition of the popular festival will fill the Lincoln Center campus with a diverse range of music, dance, spoken word, and family events, featuring dozens of artists from across the city, country, and world-all completely free and open to the public.

“We are thrilled about this year’s festival,” says Jill Sternheimer, Director of Public Programming at Lincoln Center. “It’s a profound reminder of what is truly great about this city-the opportunity to come together on a beautiful summer night and experience totally free world-class concerts and performances from such a wide array of incredible artists, and to be able to share in the sense of community that goes along with that. It’s what Lincoln Center Out of Doors is all about”
Family Weekend: Double Dutch
‘Til the Street Lights Come On: Celebrating Double Dutch in NYC
“After a 30-plus year hiatus, Double Dutch returns to the plazas of Lincoln Center. Join us for a historic two-day event celebrating Double Dutch and the women of color who’ve contributed to the cultural fabric of NYC through this competitive sport turned art form.
Featuring demonstrations, jump-ins, panel discussions, a film screening and exhibition, and the Double Dutch Summer Classic.”

For more info on this wonderful festival, Time Out NY has it all covered.

Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues, almost all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St.,, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St.,, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St.,, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St.,, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St.,, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St.,, 212-997-2144
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St.,
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St.,, 212-505-3474

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

Jimmy’s Corner / 140 W 44th St (btw B’way & 7th ave)

IMG_2083Jimmy’s Corner is right in the heart of Times Square, but you won’t find it on the corner, it’s mid-block. Enter this long narrow bar and you are struck by the walls covered with mostly black-and-white boxing photographs, and memorabilia. Soon enough you learn that “Corner” refers to proprietor Jimmy Glenn’s long career as a corner man for some of boxing greats – Liston, Tyson, even “the greatest,” Ali.

Jimmy’s is a sort of time machine, taking you back to a time and place that no longer exists. All around you Times Square has cleaned up, grown up, assumed a new identity. Jimmy’s probably hasn’t changed a bit since it first opened in 1971. Certainly the bar itself looks original and the prices haven’t changed much either. When I brought a friend, who owns her own bar, she was surprised when she got the small tab for a round of drinks. Figured there must be a mistake, that maybe they forgot to charge for all the drinks.

Times Square today is filled with neon glitz and wandering tourists from Dubuque, but not Jimmy’s. You’ll likely find some old timer’s at the bar nursing their drinks, some younger locals at tables in the back, and maybe a few adventuresome tourists clutching their trusty guidebooks. There’s no food served here because this is just a bar, and sometimes that’s all you need.

On nights when no local team is playing, it’s a fine place to sip some drafts and listen to a great old time jukebox, with a great selection of  40s& 50s R&B and soul. On sports nights this very narrow bar can get a bit claustrophobic, filled with excited fans watching their team on the TVs. Either way, Jimmy’s is the place to be if you are looking for an old time bar in the new Times Square.
Website: are you kidding !
(although there is a facebook page with lots of photos –
Phone #: 212-221-9510
Hours: 11am – 4 am, except Sunday they open 12 noon
Happy Hour: not necessary, low prices all day, every day
Subway: #1,2,3 to TimesSquare 42nd st
walk 2 blks N on 7th ave to 44th st; ½ blk E to Jimmy’s

“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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