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Broadway shows are selling out faster than hot cakes. Valerie Smaldone reviews Birthday Candles and MJ. Are you a foodie? Well Valerie Smaldone is moderating an exciting panel at our Renewal Summit.  Head to MoMA for their new Matisse exhibit and the Whitney is featuring America Art. Sandi Durell is producing the 20th Songwriters’ Showcase which takes place on May 14 at Don’t Tell Mama. Things are heating up at Lincoln Center for the summer. Bryant Park is going to the birds. City Winery is coming to Grand Central Terminal. Our Broadway Babe has some great entertainment suggestions. And our roving photographer is roving on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx!

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We’re looking or talented Tomatoes for our next Tomatoes Got Talent Show. Come audition and tell your friends.

Valerie Smaldone will lead a panel of foodies to discuss exciting trends in the food and beverage industry including plant-based foods, CBD infused food and beverages, immune boosting foods, and more. Panelists include Pamela Morgan, caterer, cookbook author; Warren Bobrow is a cannabis alchemist, master mixologist and Barbara Sibley is chef and owner of La Palapa in NYC.

May 14 – August 14. Lincoln Center’s Summer for the City

The countdown is on for a summer of epic FREE outdoor events and paid indoor events, at Lincoln Center. Summer for the City  creates new and exciting spaces — including the city’s largest outdoor dance floor, The Oasis, an Outdoor Cinema at Hearst Plaza, and an underground Speakeasy bar and performance space hosting comedy, poetry, jazz, and more. With over 300 events, 10 stages, and a variety of genres, we hope you find something you love that speaks to you directly. Get the full line up.

City Winery to Open in Grand Central

According to Gothamist, City Winery, the popular restaurant, performance space and wine producer with multiple locations around the country, is planning to open a new venue inside of Grand Central Terminal. It will encompass 16,000 square feet in Vanderbilt Hall. They’ll offer grab and go service and a full-service restaurant and bar. They will focus on their farm-to-table menu, their unique selection of wine with ambient background music.  Get more details.

Spring Birding Tours at Bryant Park

Did you know that Bryant Park is hotspot for avian visitors? Well now you can discover the surprising diversity of birds that call Bryant Park home during migratory season with guided tours by NYC Audubon, led by environmental educator and urban naturalist Gabriel Willow. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will’s-widow!

Tours will take place on Tuesdays at 8am and Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5pm during spring migration season. Meet at Heiskell Plaza, near the corner of 6th Avenue and 42nd Street. No pre-registration is required. Get the details.


Broadway Babe’s Picks

Our Broadway Babe has some classic picks today. There’s Mickey Rooney in a stage performance of The Wizard of Oz. And Burt Reynolds interviewing some of movie stars of old, including Jane Powell. And check out the photo of Randie’s mother above with Jane Powell. And there are some fab clips of a British version of Funny Girl, starring Sheridan Smith. and Randie’s Funny Girl commentary. Enjoy!  Watch now.

Roving on Arthur Avenue

Our roving photographer, Nicole Freezer Rubens, writes: “ I always love going to Arthur Avenue in the Belmont section of the Bronx, also known as the Little Italy of the Bronx. Italian immigrants settled there in the 1850’s and and their village-like community is still vibrant and thriving today. The streets are populated with family run shops including butchers, bakers, restaurants and grocery stores. History and culture permeate the scene, which I imagine has not changed that much in over 150 years.

I had the absolute best rainbow cookie ever from Morrone Pastry Shop & Cafe. Please put it on your Arthur Avenue list!



  • The tomato behind The Three Tomatoes. Cheryl Benton, aka the “head tomato” is founder and publisher of The Three Tomatoes, a digital lifestyle magazine for “women who aren’t kids”. Having lived and worked for many years in New York City, the land of size zero twenty-somethings, she was truly starting to feel like an invisible woman. She created The Three Tomatoes just for the fun of it as the antidote for invisibility and sent it to 60 friends. Today she has thousands of friends and is chief cheerleader for smart, savvy women who want to live their lives fully at every age and every stage. She is the author of the novel, "Can You See Us Now?" and co-author of a humorous books of quips, "Martini Wisdom." Because she's lived a long time, her full bio won't fit here. If you want the "blah, blah, blah", read more.

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