Wednesday Is A Drag


It’s hump day, people, so we need to plan for the weekend to keep our energy and spirits high, right?

I’m definitely going to hit the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival at one point. It takes place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And it’s free, free, free!

Highlights include saxophone guru Jimmy Heath and his big band performing an updated version of his earlier work “Bird Is The Word” from 7 to 9 p.m. at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem.

Legendary sax guy Kenny Garrett tops the bill at Marcus Garvey on Saturday. On Sunday, the festival moves downtown to Tompkins Square Park where veterans Lee Konitz and Sheila Jordan will be soft viagra joined by newbies Christian Scott and Warren Wolf.

Sounds like a great time for jazz fans.

What are you dreaming about doing this weekend?


Have You Been To The Ear Inn?


Everyone knows many of the city’s oldest taverns:  McSorley’s, Fraunces, The White Horse…but few visitors may know the Ear Inn. Erected in the late 18th Century by James Brown (no, not that one), an aide to Washington during the revolution, the house now has landmark status, and is one of the few remaining examples of Federal architecture in the city.

Through the years it’s alternately been a haven for thirsty sailors, a boarding house, a speakeasy during buy generic online viagra the days of Prohibition, a smuggler’s den and a brothel. Women (clearly other than ladies of the night) were not allowed for decades.

Flash forward to 1977: the new resident-owners christened the place the “Ear Inn”. That strange name? It was chosen to bypass the Landmark Commission’s lengthy review of any new sign. (Bureaucracy is still alive and well, thankyouverymuch.) To skip the red tape, the neon “BAR” sign was simply painted over to read “EAR”.

Now, surrounded by dusty tchotchkes, you can swill a pint or sip a whiskey or a glass of wine. Then tuck into a full, reasonably priced menu–burgers, mussels, Caesar salad, chili, steaks and the like. The fun part? Your neighbor chowing down may be a biker, a teamster, a doctor or an artist or…who knows?

Plus you can hear music on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday from midnight on. (Or as the website says, 11:59.) You can find traditional blues, jazz and, my personal fave, “weirdo country music”.

Check it out!

The Ear Inn – 326 Spring St. NY, NY (212 226-9060)


We Love Our Guests

My hubby and I decided to cheap viagra online usa hit the jazz brunch in the North Square Lounge yesterday afternoon. Why? Because performing this week were the Roz Corral Trio, with Freddie Bryant on guitar, Santi Debriano on bass and Ms. Corral on vocals and they swing…that’s why.

In between lamenting to my spouse the buy viagra online fact that I have no–and I mean zero–musical talent (he did not disagree), tossing back mimosas and scarfing down eggs benedict, I struck up a fun conversation with the couple sitting next to us, Denise and Phil Corsello. The Corsellos hail from Long Island and were celebrating Phil’s birthday weekend in Manhattan.

The duo had come in to the city the night before to catch a play (Perfect Crime, which they gave a thumbs up) and were wrapping up Phil’s multi-day birthday fete with steak and eggs and omelets and be-bop. We had a blast chatting about life, snapping pictures of each other and trying to figure out how in the world to use the new I-phone. (Seriously.)

Denise (l), Phil (r), Guy eating french fry (c)

Hope you had a happy birthday, Phil!  We hope you both come back soon!






Out With The New, In With The Old

One thing I love about the Village is the fact that even though it has always welcomed change and celebrated youth (aah…the beatnik days) there is a deep reverence for the not so new. As many of you know, The Washington Square Hotel turned 110 this year. (Yeah, she’s had a little work done–but just a little. I swear.) But there are other establishments in the neighborhood that have also been around a long, long time.

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C.O. Bigelow Chemists:  Established in 1838, not only is it the oldest apothecary in the neighborhood, but the longest operating pharmacy in the entire country to boot. Located on 6th Avenue, near West 9th, the store sports lots of homeopathic remedies, high-end toiletries, and something I personally cherish–a knowledgeable staff. And hey! The joint has chandeliers! Have you ever seen a chandelier in Duane Reade? Nope. Didn’t think so.

White Horse Tavern: Opened in 1880 on Hudson Ave. at 11th St., the White Horse Tavern is considered to be the second oldest bar in New York. (Top honors goes to McSorley’s Ale House–Abe Lincoln supposedly took a pint at

McSorley’s)  You’ll find evidence of bar regular Welsh poet Dylan Thomas all over the place. Thomas apparently died a few days after consuming eighteen-that’s one eight–straight whiskeys at the White Horse.

Cherry Lane Theater: Originally built as a brewery, a group of theater artists (pals of Edna St. Vincent Millay) got together to convert the building into a theater in 1924. Ever since, the Commerce St. theater has been the home to plays written by everyone from F. Scott Fitzgerald to William Saroyan to Lanford Wilson. It’s now surely presenting works from the next generation of great scribes.

Village Vanguard: A relative youngster at 77 years old, the Vanguard is the place for serious jazz buffs. It’s not fancy, but the room has great acoustics and has hosted–and continues to host–all of the greats. John Coltrane, Art Pepper, Wynton Marsalis…the list goes on an on. And the price ($25) is extremely reasonable for the quality of music you hear.





Jazz In The City

If you’re a music fan, it’s time to start thinking about heading this way next month. On January 11th and 12th, six bars in the Village will host over 70 groups for the 2013 Winter Jazzfest.

The host venues–The Bitter End, Zinc Bar, Sullivan Hall, (Le) Poisson

Rouge, SubCulture and Bowery Electric–are all within walking distance or a short cab ride from the hotel.  (Honestly, The Bitter End alone is worth the trip…so much history there. It’s been a Village music staple since 1961 and everyone from Stevie Wonder to Curtis Mayfield to Lady Gaga have performed there.)

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Artists include Claudia Acuna, Rich Medina, the James Carter Organ Trio and Don Byron.

And all this music is not crazy expensive:  a one-day pass costs $35 and a two-day pass costs $10 more.  So check it out!

R.I.P. Dave Brubeck (December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012)