St. Patrick’s Day this year falls on Thursday, March 17th. The date marks the death of Saint Patrick, Ireland’s most celebrated patron saint.
There will be green as far as the eye can see. After all what would St. Patricks Day be without a parade? Starting at 11am at 44th Street, marching up Fifth Avenue—past St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street—all the way to 79th Street. It finishes around 4:30-5:00pm at the American Irish Historical Society at East 80th Street. More than 150,000 people march in it each year.
The Irish Arts Center at 553 W 51st Street (Between 10th and 11th) opens its doors for an Irish extravaganza, filled with authentic music, dances, craft workshops and delicious tea. Learn to play the tin-whistle, get your face painted, experiment with tap-dancing, or simply sit back and watch the artists perform at this celebration of Irish culture. Best of all it’s free.
Head to the Merchant’s House Museum, 29 E 4th Street (between Bowery and Lafayette St) on March 18th for the “Spirit of the Irish” Candlelit Ghost Tour. Uncover the mystery of some of the bizarre occurrences that took place in the servants’ quarters, and face the specters of family members who passed away in the house. This is New York’s only preserved 19th-century, home that takes you through its fourth-floor servants’ quarters, which were carefully restored and repainted in their original colors. Learn about the daily successes and struggles of the Irish immigrants who worked as staff in the mid–19th century.
Times Square and Hell’s Kitchen have a vast amountof restraunts to have Corned Beef and Cabbage or Bangers and Mash. Here is our list of where to head for a riproaring good time.
Brickyard Gastropub: 785 9th Ave., between 52nd and 53rd St.
Connolly’s Pub: 121 West 45th St., between Broadway & 6 th Ave.
D.J. Reynolds: 351 West 57th St., between between 8th and 9th.
Emmett O’Lunney’s Irish Pub: 210 West 50th St., Between Broadway and 8th Ave.
Gossip Bar & Restaurant: 733 9th Ave., between 49th and 50th.
Hurley’s Saloon: 232 West 48th St., between Broadway and 8th.
Jake’s Saloon: 875 10th Ave., between 57th and 58th.
Langan’s Bar & Restaurant: 150 West 47th St., between 6th and 7th Ave.
McHales Bar & Grill: 251 West 51st St., between 9th and 10th.
Molloy’s Irish Pub: 50th and 9th Ave.
O’Brien’s Irish Pub & Restaurant: 134 West 46th St., between 6 Ave & 7 Ave
O’Donoghue’s Pub and Restaurant: 156 West 44th St., between 6th and 7th Ave.
O’Lunney’s: 145 West 45th St., between Broadway and 6th Ave
Playwright Celtic Pub: 732 8th Ave., Between 45th and 46th St.
Pig ‘n’ Whistle Times Square: 144 West 46th St., between 6th Ave and 7th Ave.
The Irish Rogue: 356 West 44th St., between 8th and 9th.
The Long Room: 120 West 44th St., between 6th Ave and Broadway.
The Perfect Pint: 123 West 45th St., between Broadway & 6th Ave.
The Mean Fiddler: 266 West 47th St., right off 8th Ave.
***Tir na nOg, Times Square: 315 West 39th St., between 8th and 9th. This is our personal favorite!
Quinns Bar And Grill: 356 West 44th St., Between 8th Avenue and 9th.
Bars will start opening as early as 9 a.m., serving Irish breakfasts with pints on the side. At some spots, the earlier people arrive, the cheaper the booze. Pubs will be exceedingly crowded, so plan ahead, pick your favorite and stick to one location. Above all arrive early.
To some, St Patricks Day in New York City is one of the most serious days of the year – and by serious, I mean serious partying!
New Yorkers be wary the St Patty’s Day Pub Crawl is also on the 17th.
The U2 tribute band “Unforgettable Fire” plays March 18th at Drone, 85 Ave. A. Since 1995, UF has a reputation to be one of the closest live U2 show.
Also Check out Maxine Linehan’s tribute to U2
Park Terrace Hotel, Hotel Chocolat and Ofreh
We miss the fireworks at the Bryant Park Christmas Tree lighting ceremony but we did watch Ofreh sing Christmas (Baby Please Come Home). Click here to hear her husband Andy Karl singing “Sleigh Bells”.
Bryant Park Tree Lighting and Andy Karl
Tonights tree lighting was hosted by Broadway performer Mauricio Martínez and Tony Award nominee and Grammy Award winner Jenn Colella, the Tree Lighting event featured live skating performances from Olympic skaters Mariah Bell, Karen Chen, Ryan Bradley, and World Champion skating pair Alexa Knierim and Brandon Fraizer, as well as Ice Theatre of New York, Figure Skating in Harlem, and The Skyliners.
t where Andy Karl and his wife Orfeh. Here is Andy singing “Sleigh Bells”.
Tomorrow look for the performances from Jenn Colella and Mauricio Martínez.
The Immersive Art of Chagall
There is an immersive exhibition devoted to the prolific and unclassifiable painter, Marc Chagall (1887–1985) at the Hall des Lumières, 49 Chambers Street. This unique digital exhibition presents his entire oeuvre, revealing a work rooted in its times, at the crossroads of the artistic and cultural novelties of his century and in constant renewal.
Paris and New York, are the emblematic capitals of modern art and represents two crucial stages in the artist’s long career. Paris was his chosen city, and thanks to the avant-garde movements of the 1910s, it provided the young Russian painter with a pool of experimental work, which he enriched with his own cultural references. New York was primarily a place of exile during the 1940s, and yet it gave the artist’s creativity fresh impetus. After the war, several exhibitions and major commissions reinforced the links between Paris and New York and brought Chagall back to the United States, up until the 1970s.
During this immersive exhibition, all the themes and images present in the artist’s repertoire are projected onto the walls of the Hall des Lumières, like intertwined cut-out images. They are complemented by short extracts of classical music, klezmer, and jazz, which were also part of Chagall’s cultural universe. His fantastic bestiary, his marvellous characters from circuses, fables, and the opera, as well as biblical episodes and references to Russian culture, poetically evoke the artist’s rich life experiences, which naturally resonates with the collective experiences of his people and generation.
Hall des Lumières, mission is to inspire visitors to enjoy art beyond the frame with their exhibitions and unique programming. With the help of advanced visual mapping technology and audio equipment, Hall des Lumières continues to provide dynamic art experiences with a mission to make art and culture more accessible to all.
Reverse Manhattanhenge Brings Magic To Manhattan
Manhattanhenge happens at sunset, a Reverse Manhattanhenge happens during sunrise. It happens twice a year when the rising sun perfectly aligns with NYC’s grid. This year Reverse Manhattanhenge takes place on Wednesday, November 29th. The best time to watch this spectacular view is at 6:59am. The next one will occurJanuary 11th at 7:20am.
The best place to catch this phenomena is at the major streets such as 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd and 57th Street
The Glorious Corner
A CHER STEAL — This year’s 97th edition of the Macy’s Day Parade was a rather underwhelming one, save for Chicago – inexplicably singing “Your My Inspiration” – and the always, indefatigable Cher, singing a track “DJ Play a Christmas Song” off her new holiday-themed album. The first few bars will terribly auto-tuned, but that seemed to disappear and Cher’s vocals rang full and bold.
She was, typically, a pro. Mixing effortlessly and emotionally with the dancers in a terrific set. Some pundits reported the clip was shot days earlier, but she was live and, just sensational. I wish more of today’s performers possessed her vigor and skills. That’s why most of the current acts, here today, will be gone tomorrow.
As we went to press, we learned that this parade was Macy’s most-watched edition ever! Congrats.
HALL VS. OATES — Some terrible news appeared in Wednesday’s media that Daryl Hall had taken out a TRO against partner-John Oates. I’ve loved what these two have done for decades and I loved Hall’s solo albums; especially the one he did with Robert Fripp in 1977 Sacred Songs. His record company at the time (RCA) hated it so much, they held up its release for three years.
I also well remember them in the 80’s when it seemed you could’t turn on a radio without hearing their music. 29 of their 33 singles were major chart hits on Billboard. But I do go back to them even in the 70’s, with their terrific “She’s Gone” which basically launched them. And, my favorite album of their War Babies, produced by Todd Rundgren. Quick note: That album sounds as good and relevant as it did when it came out in 1974.
The problem seems to arise from Oates wanting to sell his portion of certain songs to Primary Wave Artists – which ironically owns several of their songs already. It’s a small point, but that seems to be the issue. In all actuality, it’s another case of a classic-rocker selling his music.
In Oates’ book several years ago (Change of Seasons: A Memoir), he hardly mentioned Hall and regrettably that animus has apparently reared its angry head. They’re Philly boys, I’m from Philly and it’s just an awful coda to what was one of music’s major success stories. Sad all around.
SHORT TAKES — Terrific article in this week’s Closer on Micky Dolenz. Check it out here: https://www.closerweekly.com/posts/micky-dolenz-on-telling-stories-on-stage-and-in-his-book/
btw: Dolenz tapes KTLA’s Countdown To 2024 this week in LA …
I first met Phil Quartararo in the lobby of the old Mondrian Hotel in LA with John Sykes and we struck up a friendship that lasted until he passed last week. He was at Virgin for a time and worked with the artists there including The Spice Girls and Paul Abdul. In these fast-changing-times in the music business, he remained somewhat behind the scenes of late, but admitted he missed working with the artists. Phil was a guy you never ever heard a bad word about. Huge loss. Here’s Billboard’s take on Phil:
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So, we hear that Kang is out and Doctor Doom is in. Stay tuned …
And Forbes’ James M. Clash has released Amplified; culled from his terrific interviews with the icons of rock ‘n roll; including Grace Slick; Art Garfunkel; Ginger Baker; Micky Dolenz; and Roger Daltry. Here’s the Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CNJZYW2J?ref_=cm_sw_r_apan_dp_WKCSH7AC0ZTK18RZF4ED&language=en-US NAMES IN THE NEWS — Steve Leeds; Kate Hyman; Bono; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Peter Abraham; Bobby Bank; Dina Pitenis; Frank DiLella; Donnie Kehr; Steve Leber; Don Wardell; Anne Adams; Billy Smith; John Boulos; Kimberly Cornell; Sam Rubin; Nexstar; and ZIGGY!
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