NYC Life: Floral Mannequins, Brownstones, Coffee, Entertainment, and More

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Our roving photographer has captured some of the city’s beautiful brownstones. Last chance to get our streaming tickets to watch Tomatoes Got Talent this coming Tuesday night! It will be awesome. Valerie Smaldone has the scoop on a fabulous Broadway event. There’s an amazing floral exhibition at Hudson Yards featuring floral mannequin of remarkable women. Attention coffee lovers—the Coffee Festival is in town. If you love vintage, head to the Hester Street Market. Speaking of vintage, our Broadway Babe has some vintage entertainment picks. And Susan Mack returns to Birdland.

Oct. 7-Oct 16. Fleurs de Villes FEMMES at Hudson Yards

You won’t want want to miss this amazing display at Hudson Yards.  Fleurs de Villes combines the love of flowers, local design talent, and bespoke, utterly unique displays of 16, over ten feet tall floral mannequins. This year, mannequins will pay homage to remarkable women including Bella Azbug, Bette Midler, Billie Holiday, Chite Rivera, Edith Wharton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Fanny Brice, Frida Kahlo, Gloria Vanderbilt, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Leontyne Price, Malala Yousafzai, Serena Williams, Vera Wang, and Queen Elizabeth II. Talent will be on display from a number of New York City’s finest florists.

The display will kick-off with an event at The Shops at Hudson Yards on Friday, October 7th and be available for viewing through the 16th. The floral show is free and open to the public. GET THE DETAILS.

Oct. 8-9. Coffee Festival Brews Up Free Tastings, Workshops & More

Attention coffee lovers. Head to the Metropolitan Pavillion this weekend and indulge your senses in all things coffee, from free tastings and a Coffee Masters competition showdown to the live creation of latte art! Far more than a stimulating beverage, coffee has amassed its own culture and artistic expressions. Learn more about coffee and enjoy some of the finest New York has to offer. GET THE DETAILS.

Oct. 9. Vintage Day at Hester Street Market

This is a vintage lover’s delight. Switch up your wardrobe with fits from another time or find art & vinyls that bring you pure nostalgia. The vendors are always unique and buzz-worthy, and there are all kinds of tasty food stands and truck and an amazing live DJ. GET THE DETAILS.

Our Beautiful Brownstones

Our roving photographer, Nicole Freezer Rubens, has captured some of the city’s beautiful brownstones. New York City is known for its height and density. Its soaring, groundbreaking skyscrapers make up an iconic skyline. But walking around so many neighborhoods, traversing the quaint side streets, one starts to see the details of the abundance of brownstones. The small buildings began to appear in New York in the early 1800s. The oldest one dates from 1889 and still stands at 113 West 88th Street. The term brownstone technically refers to a type of sandstone used in a building’s facade as it is too soft to use for a full structure. It has commonly become the term used to describe townhouses or row houses as well. The neighborhoods with the most brownstones are the Upper West Side of Manhattan and Park Slope in Brooklyn.

These buildings generally feature prominent front stoops, intended to elevate the public entertaining spaces above street level. The steps of a brownstone are decades old, ascended and descended countless times by countless people. Climbing them connects us to the glamorous past of New York City’s architecture and societal history.

Nov. 14 @7PM. Susan Mack at Birdland

Following her recent sold-out performances, Susan Mack returns to Birdland to debut “Yesterdays,” a new show with a diverse, uplifting and timeless set of beloved standards. Susan is one of our many Tomatoes Got Talent alumna who setting the cabaret scene on fire. These songs of yesterday transcend the era in which they were created, and the messages and the emotions they elicit are still powerful and relevant today. In “Yesterdays,” Susan performs selections from the Great American Songbook, including jazz standards and a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. Composers include Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington, Chick Corea, and The Beatles.

The show will feature Tedd Firth (Musical Director/Piano), David Finck (Bass), Eric Halvorson (Drums), and special guest Benny Benack III. Special Direction by Lina Koutrakos.

Vocalist Susan Mack is a native New Yorker with a lifelong passion for singing and performing. After a career in finance, she is thrilled to be back on stage. Susan was nominated for Best Female Vocalist for the 2022 MAC Awards. Her 2018 debut show, “Nobody Else But Me,” directed by the legendary Marilyn Maye, was also nominated for a MAC Award for Best Female Debut. Over the years, Susan has brought her unique combination of jazz and cabaret singing to performance venues around the country including New York’s most well-known clubs and Carnegie Hall. GET TICKETS.

Broadway Babe’s Vintage Picks



  • Cheryl Benton

    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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