Mark Milian / Los Angeles Times
Reader recommendations about the core of the Big Apple were light, so I turned to locals on the streets of SoHo and Brooklyn. An Art Garfunkel look-alike pointed me to a CD release party. Boring. I'd have preferred the sound of silence.
But I found a wild soul concert at a bar in Brooklyn called Union Pool. The Rev. Vince Anderson & the Love Choir entertained and inspired a packed crowd of resident hipsters.
The Fresno native pounded on his keyboard and sang about stories from the Bible while the audience sipped beer and clapped along.
"You are the faithful remnant," Anderson shouted to the audience. "And the remnant is pretty healthy, indeed."
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Pictured: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex.