Skip Times Square, Go to Jimmy’s Corner

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My older sister wanted to see Times Square. We stepped out of the subway station, and walked in silence for about five minutes as we dodged tourists. She stopped and looked around at the flashing signs, the creepy glow in the air and the onslaught of brand name logos, and said, “This place is like a monument to commercialism.” Her boyfriend and I shrugged and said, “Yeah. What’d you expect?” We stood on the glowing red steps above the Broadway ticket booth and took some mom shots (pictures of us standing in front of famous stuff, attempting to make a decent smile), and we all agreed we were over it. To recover from sensory overload and retina burn, I took them to the only place near Times Square where you can relax and feel human: Jimmy’s Corner.

Jimmy’s corner is a tiny bar a few blocks away from the insanity where you can get a round of three draft beers for around $11. No matter how packed it is, it never feels like a bad party. The bartenders are happy and perky, but not in an Applebee’s sort of way. When I walked in with my sister and her BF, Jimmy himself scanned the bar to find a place for us to sit. (Jimmy was a famous boxing trainer, and the bar is plastered with his old photos. Even to someone who’s not into sports, it’s bad ass to see at a picture of the guy who found you a bar stool standing with Muhammad Ali). At Jimmy’s, when you wind up talking to a middle aged guy from Canada who’s in town on business, he’s only a little bit smarmy instead of being a complete skeezebag. I can safely say that if you don’t like Jimmy’s Corner then I don’t like you.

Jimmy’s Corner
140 W 44th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues [Manhattan]


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Kiley E - Ragamuffin Researcher

After years of denial, Kiley has finally admitted to baring a striking resemblance to Velma from Scooby Doo. Instead of traveling in a van hunting ghosts, she prefers wandering on foot in search of tacos, cheap beer, and fake birds. Growing up in Portland, Kiley enjoyed the balance of urban and green spaces. Then she spent her four years at Ithaca College, and found herself craving more sprawling asphalt in her life. So she moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where most of the buildings look like they're about to collapse. Kiley's favorite activities include: getting lost, crafting, sewing, biking, and geeking out at museums. Her love of taxidermy probably makes her a terrible vegetarian, but she doesn't care.