NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/05) + Today’s Featured Pub (Greenwich Village)

“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: “NYC Events-November
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.

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Have time for only two NYC Events today? Do this:

New York City Marathon
Join a million cheering on all those courageous runners facing the biggest challenge of their running lives. I’ll be there. GO JEREMY!
Check the spectator guide on the marathon website for the best spots along the course — such as Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn or the Queens side of the Pulaski Bridge — and how to track the progress of a friend or family member in the race.

“This is the big one—an athletic event that often proves to be as much a life-changing experience as a physical challenge. Like all marathons, the NYC race covers 26.2 miles from start to finish—but no other city offers competitors the sights, sounds and sheer excitement of the New York City Marathon, which starts in Staten Island and wends its way through all five boroughs on its way to the finish line in Central Park (adjacent to Tavern on the Green). Close to 50,000 people will run; millions will watch. The week of the race brings a lot of other related events, including the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K, the TCS NYC Marathon Expo and the TCS NYC Marathon Pavilion at Tavern on the Green. For more information about these events, visit tcsnycmarathon.org.” (nycgo.com)

PATHWAY TO PARIS
at Carnegie Hall / 7PM, $35
“This concert series began in 2014, when the United Nations’ climate conference was fast approaching. Now that President Trump has announced his intention to withdraw from the 2015 Paris agreement, combating apathy on the subject feels even more urgent. To that end, an all-star lineup of musicians and speakers including Michael Stipe, Patti Smith, Joan Baez and Cat Power will appear at Carnegie Hall on Sunday evening, with proceeds going to several environmental groups.” (NYT-SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> SHEILA JORDAN
>> Vinicius Cantuaria Quintet
>> Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars
>>‘THE RED SHOES’
>> FRED HERSCH
>> Architecture & Design Film Festival
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

SHEILA JORDAN
at the Iridium / 8:30 and 10:30PM, $30-$40
“Somewhere around 1960, after Billie Holiday was gone and other classic jazz voices were on the wane, the tradition of midcentury jazz singing started to fold in on itself. These days, vocalists like Ms. Jordan are rare: She’s straight-shooting and unceremonious, but she takes obvious delight in her work. She’s ready to excite without reaching into the typical toolbox of vocal provocations. A National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, she’s still got the goods at 88.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Vinicius Cantuaria Quintet
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center / 7:30Pm, +9:30PM, $35
“With guitarist and vocalist Vinicius Cantuaria, pianist Helio Alves, bassist Paul Socolow, drummer Adriano Do Santos, and percussionist Marivaldo Dos Santos

“Vinicius Cantuaria is the doyen of Brazilian singer-songwriters… If more people covered his songs, we’d be talking about him as the new Tom Jobim.” – The Guardian

Brazilian guitarist, vocalist, and composer Vinicius Cantuaria is a highly respected figure internationally and in New York’s jazz and contemporary music scenes. Cantuaria has recorded as a leader since the early 1980s, creating an extraordinary body of work that unites jazz and bossa nova listeners, but any music fan will appreciate the seemingly effortless musicianship on display here.”

Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars (Oct.31-Nov.05)
Blue Note / 8PM +10:30PM, $30-$45
“History has produced its share of great artists and great people – John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie was both. As a performer, he left behind an incredible record of innovation and inspiration; as a composer, a broad repository of musical masterpieces; and as a man, a legion of friends, colleagues, and compatriots who remember him with the same degree of love and esteem they reserve for his work.

The Dizzy Gillespie™ Alumni All-Star group are the direct descendants of Gillespie’s musical ventures. The groups have featured some of Dizzy’s closest compatriots: senior statesman and NEA Jazz Master James Moody; musical director John Lee; and veteran Gillespie alumni Roy Hargrove, Roberta Gambarini, Cyrus Chestnut, Steve Davis, and Willie Jones III. All of them are outstanding band leaders, educators, and recording artists in their own right.

The Alumni All-Star group debuted in 1996. They continue to delight audiences around the world with the enduring power and freshness of Gillespie’s music. These groups are the legacy the master would have wanted, and they serve as a living tribute from extraordinary musicians who exemplify his style, range, and commitment.”

‘THE RED SHOES’ (Oct.26 – Nov.5)
at New York City Center / 8PM, $35+
“Matthew Bourne/New Adventures returns to New York City Center with his first new production in four years. An adaptation of the treasured Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger film, “The Red Shoes” explores Victoria Page’s battle between life and art. The New Adventures dancers Ashley Shaw and Cordelia Braithwaite perform the part, along with Sara Mearns, a principal of New York City Ballet. The composer Julian Craster is played, alternately, by Marcelo Gomes of American Ballet Theater and Dominic North of New Adventures. And finally, Sam Archer plays the impresario Boris Lermontov.” (NYT-GIA KOURLAS)

FRED HERSCH (Oct. 31-Nov. 5)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30PM, $30
“Mr. Hersch, a starkly articulate and affecting pianist, recently put out “Open Book,” a solo record that comprises original compositions, covers of jazz standards and a 20-minute free improvisation. He will take the stage alone for the first three nights of this run, then will be joined by his trio mates, the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Eric McPherson, for the next three.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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

Architecture & Design Film Festival (Nov.1-5)
Cinépolis Chelsea / 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm, $16.50
“The Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) – the nation’s largest film festival devoted to the creative spirit that drives architecture and design – will take place in New York City from November 1-5 at Cinépolis Chelsea. Through a curated selection of films, director Q&As and panel discussions, ADFF creates an opportunity to educate, entertain and engage all who are excited about architecture and design. The ninth edition will showcase 30+ feature-length and short films offering explorative portraits of architecture icons such as Mies van der Rohe, Glenn Murcutt and Rem Koolhaas, and delving into topics ranging from imaginative solutions for homeless housing and how drones will impact architecture.”

Continuing Events

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park (6th Ave. & 42nd St.)
Midtown Manhattan’s winter wonderland.
Enjoy Bryant Park through the winter with the Holiday Shops food and gift boutiques (thru Jan.02), Danny Meyer’s pop-up rinkside eatery Public Fare (thru Mar.04), and The Rink, the centerpiece of Winter Village and New York City’s only free admission ice skating rink.
The Rink
This 17,000 square foot rink features free admission ice skating, high quality rental skates, and free skating shows, special events, and activities.
​October 28, 2017 – March 4, 2018
Daily, 8am-10pm (Rink hours are weather permitting)

Canstruction (Nov.02-15)
Brookfield Place; /10AM – 8PM; FREE
“Give “food as art” new meaning beyond those food-porn Instagrams at this 24th annual cans-for-a-cause competition, pitting architecture teams against each other to create larger-than-life Pop-Art–installations using more than 120,000 cans of nonperishable food, all in the name of ending hunger (every can is donated to City Harvest). Head down to Brookfield Place to see the unveiling of these engineering spectacles, all built overnight after months of planning, and check back to see if your favorite takes home any titles in judges’ categories like Best Use of Labels, Best Meal and Structural Ingenuity. You’ll also be able to cast a ballot for the “People’s Choice” winner online. Admission is completely free, but you can do your part by bringing the suggested donation of one canned good per person.” (TONY)

EXHIBIT ‘TO QUENCH THE THIRST OF NEW YORKERS: THE CROTON AQUEDUCT AT 175’ (thru Dec 31)
“Many New Yorkers today take for granted the appearance of clean water in the city’s taps. This exhibit focuses on the history of the Croton Aqueduct, an engineering feat that brought fresh water from the Croton River upstate to fountains in the middle of the city when it was completed in the 1840s.” (STAV ZIV, Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE: Opens Saturday, Sept. 2 at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave. – INFO: $18; 212­-534­-1672, mcny.org.

Learn all about the High Bridge, which carried the Croton Aqueduct across the Harlem River. This magnificent civic structure was modeled on the old Roman Aqueduct bridges, and is New York City’s oldest and best bridge. I know, because I lived nearby in the far west Bronx neighborhood of Highbridge, and have strolled across it many times.

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

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

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 discovery and enjoyment.
See Below.

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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.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):
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A PremierPub and 3 Good Eating Places – Greenwich Village

Caffe Vivaldi / 32 Jones Street (btw. Bleecker St./W4th St.)

Café Vivaldi is a classic, intimate club located in Greenwich Village on Jones Street, the street featured on the cover of Bob Dylan’s second album, “Freewheelin’. ”

maxresdefaultEach night Ishrat, the long time proprietor and impresario, carefully curates and schedules an eclectic series of musicians. You can often see him at his table in the corner, hard at work reviewing music videos and listening to cd demos on his laptop, scouting out future bookings. Musicians come from all over to play and sing in a club in Greenwich Village. Some are local New Yorkers, others are just passing through, in town for a few days.

There is a small bar, seating maybe 10. It’s close to the stage and I find it’s a perfect spot to sip a glass of red wine while listening to the music. The room itself has the performance area at one end and a cozy fireplace at the other. The performance area here is small, dominated by a large black Yamaha Grand piano. Tables are bunched together and most people at the tables are eating lite meals or sampling the wonderful desserts.

There is also a good selection of fairly priced wines,  but you are here because of the music. You can never be quite sure what you’re going to find, and that’s half the charm of this place. It’s not a home run every night, but many nights it’s pretty special.

I remember the night I saw the most talented bossa nova group, just in from San Paulo. As I listened, I wondered if there was any better music playing anywhere else in New York City that night. And at Caffé Vivaldi there is never a cover charge. Their recently redesigned web site does give you a better idea of the type of music playing each night.

At one time Greenwich Village was filled with clubs just like this, but times change. Real estate interests have impacted the village, and not for the better. Even Caffé Vivaldi had a rough time recently, when a new landlord raised the rent exorbitantly. Fortunately, Ishrat has built a loyal following over the years, and a fund raiser and slightly more reasonable rent has kept Café Vivaldi in business.

When Woody Allen and Al Pacino wanted to make movies featuring the timeless quality of Greenwich Village they came to Vivaldi. It’s important that we keep this special place alive, for if we lose Cafe Vivaldi, NYCity will have lost a piece of it’s soul.

Website: http://caffevivaldi.com/
Phone #: (212) 691-7538
Hours: Music generally 7:30PM – 11PM, but varies
Lunch/Dinner 11AM-on
Subway: #1 to Christopher St.
Walk 1 blk S. on 7th ave S. to Bleecker St., 1 blk left on Bleecker to Jones St., 50 yards left on Jones St. to Caffe V.
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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.

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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3 Good Eating places

It’s not difficult to find a place to eat in Manhattan.
Finding a good, inexpensive place to eat is a bit harder.
Here are a few of my faves in this neighborhood:

Fish – 280 Bleecker St. (just a bit S. of 7th ave South)
This was an easy pick – the best raw bar special in town. $9 gets you 6 of the freshest oysters or clams + a glass of wine or beer. Don’t know how they can do it, but I tell everyone I know about this place. And it’s located right in the heart of some of the best no cover music in town.

Bleecker Street Pizza – 69 7th ave S. (corner of Bleecker St.)
The place is tiny and not much to look at, but this is one good slice. They like to brag that they have been voted “Best pizza in NY” 3 years in a row by the Food Network. I believe them. I would have voted for them.

Num Pang – 21 E 12th St. (btw. University Place/5th ave.)
This is a Cambodian banh mi sandwich shop that kept me well fed while I was in class nearby recently. It’s cramped, even for NYCity, but usually there is room up the spiral staircase to sit down and eat. In good weather carry your sandwich a few blocks to Union Square park. You may have to wait a few minutes, because everything is freshly made, but it’s worth it. Can you believe – an unheard of 26 food rating by Zagat.

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“3 Good Eating places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
No reservations needed.
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NYCity is the most diverse and interesting place to find a meal anywhere in the world. With more than 24,000 eating establishments you might welcome some advice.

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places, and essays on my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide, order a copy of my e-book:
“Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($4.99, available Winter 2017).
◊ Order before Feb. 28, 2018 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.

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