New York’s Seven Best Jazz Clubs?
Here’s a list of the 7 best jazz clubs in New York that everyone would quibble with. No one can agree on a great jazz club, anymore than they can agree on a great vocalist. This is a pretty good list, though I’d substitute the current Birdland on 44th Street for Iridium. The Village Vanguard is a mere shadow of what it was when founder Max Gordon staffed and ran it, but it still has that history and residual magic. Barbe’s in Park Slope is a new one on me, but, then, I only go to Brooklyn to visit friends who live there.
Besides depicting the strategic advantage of controlling manhattan in colonial days— the island sits at the entrance to a waterway flowing the whole way to the great lakes— this photo also captures Robert j. Wagner park.
Robert j. Wagner park is the most difficult 100 square yards to find in manhattan. It is not shown on the google map. If you look on the parks department map, your average non-cartographer remains completely at a loss. When the Swedish midsummer celebration is held here every year, half the swedes wind up wandering around south ferry looking dumbfounded.
Robert j. Wagner park is located to the left (west) of battery park, which is the big green bushy bottom of the island in this picture. It’s on the other side of the aqua greenish blue pier jutting out. Robert j. Wagner park is bordered by a short rectangular stone wall that you can see in this photo. There are two brick buildings on the back edge of the rectangle you can also make out. One of them is an Italian restaurant located at 20 Battery Park place, the other is a bathroom.