I will be in New York for work for a week this month (September 2021), staying in midtown near Central Park (W. 57th). I’m hoping to make the most of my time even though I’ll be working during the day. I travel solo a lot and am from the San Francisco area, so I am comfortable being out and about in a city, but I don’t really know my way around New York. I am fully vaccinated and will have my vaccination card with me to meet all regulations and protocols.My questions are
1. Has anyone been to The Iguana (W. 54th) on a Monday or Tuesday for Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks? Would you recommend it (for the music)?
2. If I had to choose between Birdland (not as close to hotel) and The Iguana, which would you recommend? Would Birdland be worth the extra travel (vs walking)?
3. I am considering doing Big Apple Jazz’s Harlem Juke Joint Tour to join a small group one evening to listen to jazz in Harlem. Would it be “safe” to take the subway to the meetup point (from midtown to Harlem) at 6-7pm for a woman by herself? It seems like it should be fine at that time, but I don’t know that route/area. If any other visitors have done this tour, I would love to hear your feedback.
I’m also open to other recommendations if there are any “don’t miss” venues for live music. Thank you for sharing your local knowledge!