NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/23) + 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, check the tab above: NYC Events-September”
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:

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Atlantic Antic Festival
Atlantic Avenue btw Hicks St. and 4th Ave./ 12-6PM, FREE
“Brooklyn’s busy Atlantic Avenue comes to a halt every September during Atlantic Antic, when the street becomes a giant marketplace with more than 500 restaurants, breweries and local vendors, many of them setting up on the street right outside their shops. In between browsing, you’ll come across activities like a giant inflatable slide and a petting zoo, plus 15 stages of entertainment by local musicians and community groups.” (Metro)

7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Bill Stewart Trio
>> Steve Turre
>> World Maker Faire
>> Tribeca TV Festival
>> Space & Science Festival
Continuing Events
>> Photoville
>> The Feast of San Gennaro
>> Oktoberfest NYC

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Bill Stewart Trio (Sept.18-23)
Village Vanguard / 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“A trio with just drums, bass, and saxophone leaves an awful lot of room for exposure, but the first-call percussionist Bill Stewart is taking the chance. Here, in a stripped-down threesome with the tenorist Walter Smith III and the bass player Larry Grenadier, Stewart ventures into territory similar to that inhabited by the magisterial Sonny Rollins, as documented in this same room on the 1957 recording “A Night at the Village Vanguard.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

JEWELS (Sep.18-25)
New York City Ballet
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 3PM, $35+
“A cherished staple of the repertory since its 1967 debut, Jewels was inspired by a visit George Balanchine made to the jewelers Van Cleef & Arpels. Widely considered to be the first full-length abstract ballet, its three sections — the lyrical Emeralds, the jazz-inflected Rubies, and the regal Diamonds — express the breadth of Balanchine’s ability.”

Steve Turre (Sept. 21-23.)
Smoke / 7, 9, 10:30PM, $40
“The novelty of this great trombonist also producing delightful music from conch shells, a feat he’s been pulling off since at least the eighties, may never fade. But the big horn remains his first love, as revealed by Turre’s new ballad-heavy album, “The Very Thought of You.” He’s joined here by the saxophonist Ron Blake and the fine rhythm team from the recording: the bassist Buster Williams and the drummer Willie Jones III.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

at the Blue Note / 8 and 10:30 p.m., $30-$45
“A pre-eminent electric bassist since his early years in the original Return to Forever, Mr. Clarke has a new album out titled “The Message,” a smoothly confrontational disc that reflects the ongoing influence of his younger band mates. The group lines up somewhere near the shared border of popular country, radio gospel, straight-ahead jazz and New Age. It features the keyboardist Cameron Graves, the pianist Beka Gochiashvili and the drummer Mike Mitchell.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)


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

Elsewhere, but this is always worth the detour:
World Maker Faire (Sept.22-23)
Play with the technology of the future
New York Hall of Science / 10AM-6PM, $40-$80
“See what the tinkerers of the world have been up to at World Maker Faire in Queens, a weekend of getting hands-on with the technology being dreamed up by ordinary people in their own homes. The Maker Movement brings do-it-yourselfers out to trade tips, show off their craft and encourage creativity with interactive displays, demos, discussions and more in fields like art, engineering, medicine and technology.” (Metro)

Tribeca TV Festival (LAST DAY)
Tribeca / $30-$40
“Move over, film. The annual Tribeca TV festival presents three days of premieres and panels featuring the very best of television. This year’s bash toasts two decades of Law and Order: SVU with a panel discussion including Mariska Hargitay, Ice T, Dick Wolf and the rest of the cast. Bryan Cranston looks back on Breaking Bad for the tenth anniversary of its premiere, and Tracey Ullman shows up to preview a new season of HBO zaniness. Along with screening premieres of new series and returning favorites like Ray Donovan and Madam Secretary, the festival will host a viewing of one of Anthony Bourdain’s finale episodes of Parts Unknown, followed by a discussion on his legacy with producers and episode guest W. Kamau Bell. Most events run for $20–$30 a pop. It’s a golden era of episodics; don’t miss the chance to bask in the glow of the small screen.” (TONY)

Space & Science Festival (LAST DAY)
Pier 86, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum/ All activities on Pier 86 are free to the public. Programs inside the Museum require admission.
“The idea of cosmic pursuits can still fire up the collective imagination, even in the face of more dubious manifestations, like the President’s push for a new military branch devoted to space-based defense systems, or Elon Musk’s eying Mars for colonization. Meanwhile, NASA, the source of so much of America’s gravity-defying wonder, turned sixty in July. Sept. 20-23, the Space & Science Festival takes over Pier 86, the permanent dock for the decommissioned aircraft carrier that is now the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The event will feature science talks, interactive installations, and astronautical guests, like NASA’s Sunita Williams, and visitors will be able to test out the Space Camp Multi-Axis Trainer, the anti-gravity simulator used to prepare astronauts for space travel. A free screening of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” takes place on the flight deck of the museum at sunset on Sept. 22; viewers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to experience what U.S. Navy personnel call a steel-beach picnic.” (K. Leander Williams, NewYorker)


Continuing Events

Photoville (LAST DAY)
Brooklyn’s outdoor photo garden is back
Dumbo’s Brooklyn Bridge Plaza, 4-10 p.m. Thurs/Fri;
noon-10 p.m. Sat.; noon-9 p.m. Sun
“Whatever the weather, don’t let it keep you from the spectacular outdoor exhibit that is Photoville, the annual survey of photography where more than 600 artists cram entertaining and eye-opening images into 90 exhibitions and installations. In addition to browsing your way through the 65 shipping containers making their home in Brooklyn Bridge Park for two weekends, make time for panels, artist lectures, professional seminars, hands-on workshops — all free and open to everyone. There’s also a food and beer garden courtesy of Smorgasburg. “ (Metro)

The Feast of San Gennaro (LAST DAY)
Little Italy throws a two-week party (It’s the 92nd Annual Feast!)
Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston streets, FREE,
“You don’t have to be Catholic to take part in the Feast of San Gennaro, the 10-day holiday that turns Little Italy into one big street festival with delicacies being grilled up on the sidewalk, bakeries turning out their best traditional treats, live music nightly, eating contests and more.” (Metro)
11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun-Thurs, to midnight Fri-Sat.
Find out what to eat at the Feast of San Gennaro here (cityguideny)

Oktoberfest NYC: Where to grab a beer and celebrate (Sept.22-Oct.15)
“Oktoberfest may seem far off, but it’s less than a month away. The Bavarian festival is kicking off Sept. 22 in Munich and the city’s festivities will begin in earnest.
So, if you’re looking for some lederhosen-laden action closer to home, here are beer-and-sausage-fueled affairs in New York City.” (amNY)
Check here for a full description of each of 11 events.

♦ 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.

Alas, Caffe V is no more, another victim of a rapacious NYC landlord. Owner Ishrat fought the good fight and Caffe V will be sorely missed.

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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