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October 10th, 2005, 03:42 PM
Visiting in late October - and this time my kids are coming too....
(Two girls of 15 & 17 - yes, pity me!)
Our daytimes are sorted - but can anyone give me any ideas for the evenings?
We will be seeing a show one evening and also the ESB at night & Circle Line twighlight cruise - but will still have time later at night when none of us will want to be looking at the hotel walls!
Bars & clubs are obviously out of the question - but what about live music?
Any other suggestions?
We are staying on 42nd St - but distance is not too much of a problem.

October 11th, 2005, 12:17 AM
Check out the Nokia theatre for live shows (just opened; it used to be the Loews Astor Plaza movie theatre) -- it's in the same building as the MTV studios @ Bway / 44th.

Also BB Kings on 42nd between 7th / 8th has great live music.

Nokia for October: http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/300

BB Kings for October: http://www.bbkingblues.com/schedule/index.shtml

October 11th, 2005, 03:03 AM
Visiting in late October - and this time my kids are coming too....
(Two girls of 15 & 17)... Bars & clubs are obviously out of the question ...Why out of the question? I thought the UK was a much more progressive country than the US.

This is not Reese Cupcake, Illinois - this is New York City!

{Borrowed, cleaned up, and updated from NYC Nightlife: Under 21 (http://www.ny.com/clubs/under21/)}
Kids as young as 16 can get into some of the places listed below, at least on certain nights. They will still need proof of age, and will definitely be carded for alcohol.

If you're a concerned ( :cough: over-protective :cough: ) parent, then go to the venues with them!

Some venues may be closed due to recent events in New York City. Call ahead for info.

BAM Cafe http://www.bam.org/events/bamcafelive.aspx
All ages.
30 Lafayette Ave. at Ashland Pl., Brooklyn (718) 636-4139
Directly above the main lobby of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the cafe hosts a weekly performance series with everything from Jazz to Spoken Word to Afro-pop, Latin, Rock, R&B, Blues, and Experimental music. Thursdays and Fridays are live music, Saturdays are dance parties. Hours: Wed-Sun (and all performance nights) concessions and dinner 4:30 - 11pm; Sunday brunch 12 - 5pm. There is no cover for shows but there is a $10 food/drink minimum. The cafe also hosts a Gospel Brunch on select Sundays from 2-4pm ($20, less for kids). Subway: B, N, R to Pacific St., D, Q, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Atlantic Ave., G to Fulton St.

Cafe Wha? http://www.cafewha.com/
All ages.
115 MacDougal St. (btw. W. 3rd & Bleeker Sts.) (212) 254-3706
Monday: Brazillian Night, $10 cover. Tuesday: Funk night, $7. Wednesday - Sunday: the Wha? Band plays a mixture of Rock, R&B, Funk, and Reggae, $5 on Thurs, $10 Fri and Sat. Hours: 8:30pm - 2:30am (weekdays) or 4am (Fri & Sat). They also serve dinner and drinks. Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, Q to W. 4th St.

Halcyon Music Shop
57 Pearl St. • dumbo • bklyn • 718-260-9299
All ages.
Open Tu 12-8 Wed 12-8 Th 12-9 Fr 12-9 Sa 12-8 Su 12-6. Subway: F to York St or A/C to High St

Hard Rock Cafe
1501 Broadway - Times Square area, 212-343-3355
All ages.

Irving Plaza
17 Irving Place at 15th St. (212) 777-6800
All ages.
This 1000 capacity concert hall hosts all kinds of musical acts including live big band swing every Sunday. The box office is open M-F from 12 - 6:30pm and Sat from 1 - 4pm. There is a bar on the premesis but you must obtain a wristband to drink. Check their hotline (212-777-1224) for concert info. Subway: L, N, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St.-Union Sq.

The Kitchen
512 W. 19th St. (btw. 10th & 11th Aves.) (212) 255-5793
All ages.
"The Kitchen is an interdisciplinary laboratory for visionary emerging and established artists." Come see performances and gallery installations of music, dance, video, digital media and internet culture. The gallery is free and open Tues - Sat from 2pm - 6pm, and on performance days one hour before show time and during intermission. Subway: C, E to 23rd St.

Knitting Factory
74 Leonard St., btwn Broadway & Church St. 212-219-3132 http://www.knittingfactory.com/
All ages.
Wide ranging musical tastes continue to drive the beat at the Knitting Factory. Cutting Edge music combined with great acoustic performances make this place a favorite. There are three performance spaces: the Knitting Factory, the KnitActive Sound Stage, and the Old Office. Cover: $8 and up. Subway: A, C, E, N, R, 6 to Canal St.; 1, 9 to Franklin St.

The Living Room
154 Ludlow Street (between of Stanton and Rivington), 212.533.7235
All ages.
Acoustic cafe. No cover, $5 suggested tip jar donation, 1 drink minimum, no reservations.

People's Voice Cafe, The Workman's Circle
45 E. 33rd St. (btw. Park & Madison Aves.) (212) 787-3903 http://www.peoplesvoicecafe.org/
All ages.
Alternative coffee house featuring live folk music ala Woody Guthrie, Malvina Reynolds and Pete Seeger every Saturday at 8pm from late September through late May. They also sell homebaked goodies, coffee, tea, and juice and have a table set up for political literature, petitions and events. They provide a space for the artistic expression of a wide variety of humanitarian issues and concerns. The cafe is run as a not-for-profit collective, and is not affiliated with any political organization. $12 contribution – more if you choose, less if you can’t; no one turned away. Wheelchair accessible(doors are wide enough for a chair, and there is no step, but note, the doors do not open automatically). Unfortunately the bathrooms are not 100% accessible (doors not wide enough). Subway: 6 to 33rd St.

Postcrypt Coffeehouse
Basement of St. Paul's Chapel at Columbia U., 116th & Broadway (212) 854-1953 http://www.columbia.edu/cu/postcrypt/coffeehouse/
All ages.
This University coffeehouse has been hosting amateur and professional acoustic musicians and storytellers since 1964. Shows are Friday and Saturday from 9pm - 12:30am during the school year. Admission is free and all are welcome. They sell an assortment of beverages and homemade treats. Subway: 1, 9 to 116th St.
Fall 2005 Schedule http://www.columbia.edu/cu/postcrypt/coffeehouse/schedules/current.html

The Rodeo Bar
375 Third Avenue at 27th St. (212) 683-6500 http://www.rodeobar.com/
All ages.
Live Country, Bluegrass, and Southern Rock music and food 7 nights a week. Shows start at 10pm and there's no cover or age restriction (your ID will be checked at the bar). Hours: Mon - Sat from 11:30am - 4am, Sunday until 2am. Subway: 6 to 28th St.

239 W. 52nd St. bet. Eighth Ave. and Broadway. (212) 247-0200
Usually all ages.
Recently renovated concert club hosting mostly college style alternative rock, including They Might Be Giants and other major label artists. Big enough for those bands who can't fill the Garden, but who are too big for a club. http://www.roselandballroom.com/home.html Subway: C, E to 50th St.

Tonic (and subTonic lounge)
107 Norfolk St. (btw. Delancey & Rivington Sts.) (212) 358-7503 http://www.tonicnyc.com/
Age 16 and up.
This musician curated club hosts avante guarde experimental Jazz, Rock, and Electronic music Tuesday through Sunday. Box office is open 8pm - 11pm every day. Show times vary and tickets cost from $0 - $25. They have a bar and DJ shows Thursday through Saturday in the downstairs Subtonic Lounge. Subway: F to Delancey; J, M, Z to Essex St.

Two Boots Park Slope
514 2nd St (btw. 7th & 8th Aves.), Park Slope, Brooklyn (718) 499-3253 http://www.twobootsbrooklyn.com/
All ages.
Every Friday and Saturday at 10pm this pizza joint hosts live R&B, Hawaiian Swing, Jazz, and Rockabilly. No cover. The kitchen is open from 5pm - 12am. Subway: D, Q to 7th Ave.; 2, 3 to Grand Army Plaza.

October 11th, 2005, 11:16 AM
Try late night museum on Friday night

- Metropolitan Museum open until 9 pm on Friday and Saturday
- MoMA open until 8 pm on Friday, free from 4 pm
- Guggenheim open until 8 pm on Friday
- Whitney Museum of American Art open until 9 pm on Friday, pay what you wish from 6pm
- International Center of Photography open until 8 pm on Friday, voluntary contribution from 5 pm