NYC Events,”Only the Best” (05/26) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square / Theater District)

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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 over town, all through the month.


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

Guillermo Klein y los Guachos (May 22-27)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30, +10:30PM, $35+
Ahead of the curve in the nineteen-nineties, when he initially convened his own large ensembles, this ambitious composer, arranger, pianist, and vocalist continues to thwart big-band conventions. Klein’s music delights in shifting time signatures, rich tonalities, and arresting multicultural influences, attracting some of the most farsighted improvisers around, including Miguel Zenon, Ben Monder, and Taylor Haskins.” (NewYorker)

7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> BargeMusic
>> Coppélia
>> Sullivan Fortner
>> DanceAfrica
>> Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit
>> Tour – Trinity Church Cemetery in Upper Manhattan
Continuing Events
>> Fleet Week 
>> Vision Festival
>> Mad. Sq. Eats

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

“Music in Motion” Series — a one hour performance, including a Q & A session with the musicians (no intermission)
Fulton Ferry Landing, near the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn/ 4PM, FREE
(take the A or C train to High Street station, Brooklyn.)
“Concert at the coolest classical music concert location in NYC.
Classical music on a boat with an intimate and romantic setting and beautiful view of New York City. Program and musicians TBA.” (ClubFreeTime)

NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 2PM, +8PM, $30+
“Most of our enduring three-act ballets are tragedies in which men do bad things and women die. The comic Coppélia, by contrast, is practically a feminist enterprise. A young man steps out on his girlfriend, only to find himself entrapped in a toymaker’s workshop where the plucky title character substitutes her living body for the mechanical doll that has distracted her guy. Originally choreographed in 1870 by Arthur Saint-Léon to a score by Léo Delibes and revived years later for the Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg by Marius Petipa, it’s been overhauled by the great George Balanchine and Alexandra Danilova for the New York City Ballet, where it runs for the last week of the company’s spring season.” (Elizabeth Zimmer, Village Voice)

Sullivan Fortner (May 24-27)
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $30
“When you’re an on-the-rise musician like the promising post-bop pianist Fortner, it never hurts to surround yourself with friends with clout. Adding muscle to his trio, the New Orleans-bred musician welcomes, on successive nights, the trumpeters Roy Hargrove, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Peter Evans and the saxophonist Melissa Aldana. It’s an advance party for “Moments Preserved,” Fortner’s new album, which will be released on June 1.” (NewYorker)

at the Metropolitan Opera House / 2PM, +8PM, $35+
“The doubleheader of Alexei Ratmansky’s “Firebird” and Wayne McGregor’s new “AfteRite” receives three more performances between Friday and Saturday. Mr. Ratmansky, a consummate storyteller, brings colorful intrigue to a mystical avian tale, while Mr. McGregor, a British choreographer known for aggressive physical extremes, reconsiders the ubiquitous dance classic “The Rite of Spring.” Both works are set to celebrated Stravinsky scores. Beginning Tuesday, Ballet Theater switches gears and heads to India for the Russia-born epitome of 19th-century exoticism, “La Bayadère.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

BAM,  30 Lafayette Ave, Bklyn.
“In honor of the centennial of Nelson Mandela’s birth, the DanceAfrica festival, at BAM this weekend, focusses on South Africa. Ingoma KwaZulu-Natal Dance Company is a kind of supergroup, bundling together just for this occasion four companies whose styles range from Zulu traditions to pantsula, the fleet-footed street dance that originated as a response to apartheid. Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre, from Durban, combines the dance forms of many cultures, a mix representative of its region: Zulu dances and pantsula, plus classical Indian and hip-hop.” (NewYorker-Brian Seibert)

Dance Africa is The Brooklyn Festival That Everyone—You, Your Parents, Your Kids—Should Attend – (


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

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit (Sat 26 through Mon 28)
University Place, btw E.13th and Waverly Pl. / 12PM-6PM, FREE
Enjoy looking at (and maybe buying some) oil paintings, pastels, watercolors, mixed media, graphics, photography, sculpture, and crafts including fabric, jewelry, glass, wood, and ceramics.

“This city tradition feels fresh every spring when artists following in the footsteps of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning set up shop in the park. Hundreds of exhibitors, from NYU students to artists who remember the Village as a creative enclave, display their paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and woodcraft.” (TONY)

Tour – Trinity Church Cemetery in Upper Manhattan
153rd St. & Broadway / 11AM, $30
Discover the final resting place of some of New York’s top residents on this tour of Trinity Church Cemetery in Upper Manhattan sponsored by The Municipal Art Society of New York.

“Memorial Day Weekend occasions this tour of Trinity Church Cemetery in Upper Manhattan led by Columbia Community Scholar Eric K. Washington, an authority on Gotham’s eventful past buried beneath this verdant landscape. Established in 1842, the 24-acre greensward forms Manhattan’s only still-admitting cemetery. The grounds first laid out by James Renwick, Jr. – and later improved by Calvert Vaux – are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Representing New York City’s wide-ranging contributors to American history, notable permanent residents may include John James Audubon, naturalist; Mayors Cadwallader D. Colden (whose grave Eric rediscovered for Trinity Archives), Fernando Wood, A. Oakey Hall, and Edward I. Koch; Madame Eliza Jumel, adventuress; John Jacob Astor, merchant; Clement Clarke Moore, poet; Philip Ernst, original New York Philharmonic flutist; David Hosack, Hamilton’s last doctor; Mrs. Dita H. Kinney, military officer; Caroline Astor, doyenne of Gilded Age polite society; Rita de Acosta Lydia, American beauty of Belle Epoque Paris; and Mercedes de Acosta, lesbian paramour of some of the most important women of the 20th-century. Please wear sturdy shoes that are suitable for rustic country paths.”


Continuing Events

Fleet Week (May 23-29)
“If it’s the weekend before Memorial Day, then it must be time for Fleet Week. On Wednesday, the Parade of Ships will take place, with numerous vessels—including the amphibious transport dock USS Arlington, the missile destroyer USS Mitscher, and the oceanographic survey ship USNS Maury—heading up through the New York Harbor and up the Hudson. The ships are docked afterwards for the public to visit. Besides visiting participating ships and concerts, there are marine demos, Navy diver demos, and aviation displays.” (Gothamist)

The best Fleet Week events in NYC (TONY)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

Vision Festival (May 23-28)
Roulette / 509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn / at various times, $40
“Moving across the river to Brooklyn once again, the Vision Festival remains steadfast in its commitment to exploratory jazz and the still active pioneers of the genre; the wide-ranging roster includes Oliver Lake, Matthew Shipp, Roscoe Mitchell, Mary Halvorson, Fay Victor, and the festival co-organizer William Parker. This year, the intrepid showcase celebrates the pianist and composer Dave Burrell, featured on opening night in various ensembles, including a reunion with another crucial free-jazz cohort, the saxophonist Archie Shepp.” (NewYorker)

“Vision Festival 2018: 8 acts not to miss at the annual jazz showcase” (TONY)

Mad. Sq. Eats (May 07-31)
General Worth Square (5th Ave btw 25/26 St.) / near Madison Square Park
“Twice a year, this outdoor food fest brings buzzworthy bites from the city’s best restaurants to Worth Square in the Flatiron District. Highlights include Roberta’s sensational pizza, MeltKraft grilled cheese sandwiches and cheesesteaks by the Truffleist.” (TONY)

“Mad. Sq. Eats brings the diverse flavors of the city’s best restaurants and food entrepreneurs to Worth Square, a prime location in the heart of New York’s historic Flatiron District. The highly anticipated bi-annual event draws hungry crowds of neighborhood residents, workers, and tourists who enjoy this unique opportunity to savor offerings from buzzworthy eateries.”

2018 Vendor List
Burger & Lobster / Jicama / Renegade Lemonade /
the Truffleist / Mayhem Sandwiches / Gotham Poke & Hawaiian Kitchen / Bao by Kaya / La Sonrisa / Frida’s Favorites / Roberta’s /
Duck Season / Daa! Dumplings / Mr. Bing / Baked Cheese Haus / Chick’NCone / Arancini Bros / Top Hops Beer Shop / CousCous /
Melt Ice cream Sandwiches / Ice & Vice / Palenque Arepas /
Coney Shack / Korilla / Casa Toscana / Enfes NYC

♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, plus dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.6 million, had a record 63 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2018 – awesome! BUT quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just earlier on the day of performance.

Bonus NYC events– Jazz Clubs:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. My favorite Jazz Clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide, feature top talent every night of the week.
Hit the Hot Link and check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village:
(5 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. So.,, 212-255-4037 (1st 8:30)
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave., 212-475-8592 (1st set 8pm)
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S., 212-929-9883 (1st 7pm)
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave.,646-476-4346 (1st 8)
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St., 646-476-4346 (1st set 7:30pm)
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St., 212-989-9319 (6pm)

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — / 212-258-9595 (1st set 7:30pm)
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — / 212-581-3080 (1st 8:30pm)
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — 212-864-6662 (7pm)

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — / 212-691-7538 (1st 7pm)
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.

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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