Farwell Nick Cordero, Artistic Masks, Organic Greens

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Farwell Nick Cordero, Artistic Masks, Organic Greens

Last week we learned the awful news that Broadway actor Nick Cordero, who spent 3 months in the hospital battling Covid-19, succumbed to the devastating virus.

His wife was vocal about his many challenges, but never gave up, even when doctors had no hope. She was a beacon of light during the harrowing ordeal.

The Broadway community and the nation were pulling for Nick, praying for him, and many have contributed to the family’s Go Fund Me page. It was so terribly sad to learn that he slipped away over the July 4th weekend.

In his sorrow and grief, Nick’s friend and understudy for him in “A Bronx Tale,” had the idea to honor Nick by re-naming the Longacre Theatre after him.  And so, actor and producer Robert Neary launched a petition for this very purpose. In a very short time, the petition has garnered over 30,000 names. You can add your name here: Nick Cordero Theatre Petition

Farwell Nick Cordero, Artistic Masks, Organic Greens

Pop artist Ed Heck is known for his bright, simple and whimsical designs. He enjoys depicting animals and brilliant colors on everything he paints.

Now, Ed has transitioned to creating face masks with his designs on them. The masks are not only adorable and attractive, they also have a slot for a surgical mask if you are seeking double the protection. The best part is they come with a zippered pouch to store your mask,  with a carabiner to attach to your belt loop or purse.

Each time a mask is purchased, one is donated to a frontline worker Learn more at http://edheck.com/

Farwell Nick Cordero, Artistic Masks, Organic Greens

Did you know there is an organic, hydroponic farm underneath a building in Soho? There is! And this farm sells fresh microgreens and herbs to restaurants and to consumers. The super fresh greens can be delivered to customers in Manhattan or Brooklyn, or you can pick up items directly at the green oasis.

Farm.One is the company and the produce provided is super nutritious, incredibly fresh and delicious as well! www.farm.one

To hear more about these stories, listen to “Bagels and Broadway”, Saturday morning from 9:05-10 on WNYM (AM970) Radio, online, Alexa and podcast.


  • Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has joined The Story Plant Entertainment Company and is currently working on a film and Broadway play. Visit her website at www.valeriesmaldone.com

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