NYC Events,”Only the Best” (10/14) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square / Theater District)

“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 better check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-OCTOBER”
It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you will find anywhere.
Carefully curated from “Only the Best” NYC event info on the the web, it’s a simply superb resource that will help you plan your NYC visit all through the month.


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

Open House New York (also Sunday)
various locations, FREE
Happens only once a year, makes this my fave weekend.
“Historic residential and commercial buildings will be opened to the public during this annual series of architecture tours and talks. Attendees will enjoy access to more than two hundred and seventy-five sites across the city, along with lectures from designers and developers. Highlights include the African Burial Ground National Monument, in Tribeca; the restored Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, in the financial district; the rooftop farms of Brooklyn Grange; a trip to the top of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine; the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage, in the Bronx; the Met Breuer, on the Upper East Side; and the Kings County Distillery, the city’s oldest operating whiskey distiller.” (NewYorker)


7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Andrea McArdle: An Evening with Andrea McCardle 
>> If These Walls Could Talk: Celebrating the Life and Times of The Bottom Line
>> Cruise Up the Hudson River
>> The New York Coffee Festival
>> Occult Humanities Conference

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

at Terminal 5 / 8PM, $42
“Troy Andrews, known as Trombone Shorty, is an ambassador for New Orleans music who’s ready to handle the syncretic impulse that guides both pop musicians and world-class improvisers today. He’s also deeply embedded in the tradition of his hometown, where he comes from a long line of professional musicians. His latest album, “Parking Lot Symphony,” has a strand of melancholic lament that runs through it, putting it in line with the times. But it inherits the lineage of celebratory funk and marching band music from which Mr. Andrews descends. His concerts lean heavily on that tradition.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

at the Joyce Theater (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.) $51+
“Adam Sklute, the artistic director of Ballet West, brings his company back to the Joyce with the New York premieres of “Fox on the Doorstep” by resident choreographer, Nicolo Fonte, and “Dances for Lou” by Val Caniparoli. Gerarld Arpino’s final work, the elegiac “Ruth, Ricordi per Due,” will also be shown along with excerpts from George Balanchine’s “Chaconne” and a preview of a coming piece by the Spanish choreographer Africa Guzman.” (NYT-GIA KOURLAS)

Andrea McArdle: An Evening with Andrea McCardle (Oct.12-14)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $40-$55
“Though she has appeared in many productions since—including Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast and Starlight Express—Andrea McArdle will probably always be remembered most fondly as the big-belting moppet who stole our hearts in the original Annie. (“Tomorrow” belongs to her.) In her return to F/54, she performs contemporary songs alongside standards and show tunes, and shares stories from her long showbiz journey.” (TONY)

If These Walls Could Talk: Celebrating the Life and Times of The Bottom Line
Schimmel Center, 3 Spruce St./ 7:30PM, $29+
Host Paul Shaffer; Music Director Gregg Bendian

Featuring Sean Altman, David Bromberg (Fri only), Marshall Chapman, Clint de Ganon, The GrooveBarbers, Garland Jeffreys (Sat only), David Johansen, Christine Lavin (Sat only), Will Lee, Darlene Love with Ula Hedwig and Curtis King, Terre Roche with Feifei Yang and Garry Dial (Fri only), Uptown Horns and Jimmy Vivino

“Join us for a multimedia celebration of The Bottom Line, featuring music and memories, songs and stories by a selection of artists who were regular performers at the iconic club. Host Paul Shaffer with special guests will swap stories about their favorite times on stage, off stage and backstage and perform songs that made the club a destination for fans of all music genres.”

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

Cruise Up the Hudson River
National Lighthouse Museum, 200 The Promenade at Lighthouse Point / 1PM, $60
“Join National Lighthouse Members and friends as we cruise up the Hudson River on Saturday, October 14th, 2016 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm – (tides will determine the ending time). We will be leaving from the NY Waterway Pier at the World Financial Center located on the Hudson River at Vesey St. and North End Ave.

Presenters will narrate the cruise as we view the Little Red Lighthouse at Jeffrey’s Hook, Ambrose Lightship, Frying Pan Lightship, Lilac Light Tender and the Titanic Memorial Light. Presenters will also note significant New York City sites and relate historic tales. We’ll learn about West Point, Stony Point and the Tarrytown Light while viewing the magnificent Palisades and fall foliage.

This trip takes place, rain or shine and leaves promptly at 1:00pm. (Time and tide waits for no man nor woman!) Refreshments will be available on board, but feel free to bring your own snacks.”

The New York Coffee Festival
Metropolitan Pavillion / various times, $30
“Kicks off today, this weekend-long fest features tastings, interactive workshops and barista demonstrations from more than 100 coffee-industry insiders.”

“Beanheads rejoice! The third annual New York Coffee Festival grinds into the Metropolitam Pavilion for three days of brewed fun with over 100 innovative exhibitors. There will be unlimited free coffee, workshops and talks, street food, a barista competition, live music inspired by New York from The Coffee Music Project, an art gallery through the Coffee Art Project, giveaways, and much more. So wake up and smell the coffee at this three-day fest.” (TONY)

Occult Humanities Conference (Oct.13-15)
NYU Steinhardt, 34 Stuyvesant St./ 8PM, $110

*PLEASE NOTE: The conference is SOLD OUT. However the exhibition, vending area, Saturday night performance, and Sunday night closing reception are all free and open to the public.
Better pay attention next year, and get your tickets early, because this conference on Contemporary Art and Scholarship on the Esoteric Traditions is pretty darn unique.

“Do you believe in magic? Rick Santorum’s fundamentalist fears about satanic forces at work in academia will be justified, if only for one weekend at one university, during the Occult Humanities Conference. Art enchants scholarship when Serinity Young discusses women who fly, Karsten Krejcarek chronicles encounters with mystical traditions in Latin America, Sara Hannant illuminates the history of magic and photography, Jason Baumann summons up the “espiritismo” in Nuyorican poetry, and conference co-organizer Pam Grossman, of the marvelous Phantasmaphile blog, leads a panel discussion about the cresting “Witch Wave” in contemporary culture. Musical performances by harpist Ellena Phillips and the Alunaré collective will enhance the esoterica, and works by Toronto’s mysterious Tin Can Forest art crew are on display.” (Richard Gehr, Village Voice)

Continuing Events

The 55th New York Film Festival (9/28-10/15)
at The Film Society of Lincoln Center,
The 18-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring 25 works from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent from around the globe.

“The 55th New York Film Festival’s Main Slate showcases films honored at Cannes, including Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or–winner The Square; Robin Campillo’s BPM, awarded the Cannes Critics’ Prize; and Agnès Varda & JR’s Faces Places, which took home the Golden Eye. From Berlin, Aki Kaurismäki’s Silver Bear–winner The Other Side of Hope and Agnieszka Holland’s Alfred Bauer Prize–winner Spoor mark the returns of two New York Film Festival veterans, while Luca Guadagnino’s acclaimed Call Me by Your Name will be his NYFF debut.”(

“The main slate nabs the headlines, but this festival’s sidebars nearly constitute a festival of their own. In the Spotlight on Documentary program, Travis Wilkerson’s riveting “Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?” (Friday and Sunday) grapples with a family legend: that Mr. Wilkerson’s white great-grandfather almost certainly got away with murdering a black man in Alabama in the 1940s. The main retrospective of the festival (which runs through Oct. 15) celebrates Robert Mitchum’s centennial. “His Kind of Woman” (Friday), with Mitchum (above, with Jane Russell) as a gambler lured to Mexico as a sap, and the auteur purée “Macao” (Thursday), on which Nicholas Ray took over for Josef von Sternberg, are enjoyably overstuffed Howard Hughes productions. William A. Wellman’s “Track of the Cat” (Monday); Otto Preminger’s “River of No Return” (Monday), with Marilyn Monroe; and Vincente Minnelli’s “Home From the Hill” (Thursday), all in CinemaScope, demand big-screen viewing.” (BEN KENIGSBERG, NYT)

31 days, 100+ ways to celebrate design in NYC! The seventh-annual, month-long festival of architecture activities, programs, and exhibitions in New York City will take place October 1-31, 2017.  Archtober’s calendar features 200 architecture and design lectures, conferences, programs, and exhibitions at more than 70+ collaborating institutions across the city.

For more details go to my Tab in the Header: “Notable Events October”  and scroll all the long way to the bottom. This event makes America, or at least NYCity, great again.

The 10th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival (Oct.13-20)
“Produced by Imagine Science Films — the nonprofit behind science film festivals in New York, Paris, Abu Dhabi and satellite events worldwide – Imagine Science Film Festival showcases new and experimental works that bridge the worlds of science and film in an artful, entertaining, and meaningful way.

All of the events are low cost or FREE. The festival includes short and feature-length films, live cinema performances, discussions, interactive demonstrations and more taking place at museums, universities and cultural institutions across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Several of the films will be making their U.S. debuts at the festival.

Notable programming includes:
(Im)migration & Híbridos at National Sawdust (Saturday, Oct 14 @ 7 pm / 9:30 pm) – A two-part evening featuring Vincent Moon and Priscilla Telmon presenting their live cinema project Híbridos, an experimental ethnographic study of Brazil, mixing tradition and modernity. Preceding Híbridos is (Im)migration, a performance and short film program on the topics of migration and identity.

North American premiere of Honey, Rain and Dust at the American Museum of Natural History (Friday, Oct 20 @ 4 pm) – A unique ethnographic and ecological look into an unseen corner of the Arabian Gulf: beekeeping traditions in the northwestern mountains of the United Arab Emirates.”(

For the complete program, visit:
Tickets: free – $18

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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