NYC LIFE: FOMO, Brooklyn Made, Spring Market, Science Center, Parade

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Bow bridge in Central park at spring sunny day, New York City

If you suffer from FOMO, you definitely do not want to miss our May 19 Renewal Summit! And there are more new openings in NYC. The Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation is now open at the AMNH. The Brooklyn Made Store now has a permanent location. Speaking of Brooklyn Made, where do you get the perfect Neapolitan pizza? Our roving photographer will take you there. (And yes, we do have the best pizza in the country.)  A massive spring market is opening this month at Bryant Park. And the Japanese Parade and Festival returns to Central Park

Join Us at the Renewal Summit

I’m telling you…if you have not gotten your ticket to this year’s Renewal Summit, you will definitely be missing out on an amazing day of inspiring panels and speakers, connecting with other fabulous Tomatoes, curated shopping from our exhibitors, and a fun wine and chocolate reception at the end of the day. GET THE DETAILS.

The Brooklyn Made Store

What started as a holiday pop up store, is now a permanent store opening on May 19. The Brooklyn Made Store, brought to you by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, represents the rich diversity of “Brooklyn,” as represented by products and brands that have been conceived and made here. The mission of the Brooklyn Made Store is to identify and promote designers, makers, and entrepreneurs, mostly from communities of color, who embody the essence of what it means to be Brooklyn, as represented through their unique products. GET MORE DETAILS.

Pizza in Bushwick

Every so often I have a very specific craving for Roberta’s pizza, and I take the subway to Bushwick in Brooklyn. Not only do I yearn for the delicious, bubbly, wood-burning oven taste and texture, but also the original hipster vibe of the restaurant’s atmosphere. The area of Bushwick surrounding Roberta’s has not changed much since the pizza mecca opened in 2008 offering the most perfect Neapolitan pies. Although the restaurant has added locations in New York and Los Angeles, I find the original spot to be the best in every way.

Best known for their Bee Sting Pizza topped with tomato, mozzarella, sopressata, chili and honey, and the Famous Original which adds caciocavallo cheese, parmesan and a touch of chili oil to a classic margherita, Roberta’s recipes are well balanced combinations of flavors. The crusts are perfectly light, airy, crunchy, doughy and taste like fresh bread just out of the oven.

Visiting not only satisfies my craving for one of my favorite foods, but also to experience the nostalgia of what parts of Brooklyn were like before the comprehensive gentrification set in. It is one of my happy places, with a mood best described as the feeling I get sitting under simple, colorful string lights in a quaint backyard. It is most definitely worth burning the roof of your mouth on that first bite. GET THE DETAILS.

Nicole Freezer Rubens is the author of poetry/photo book, “The Long Pause and the Short Breathe.” Follow her on

Now Open. Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation

Alvaro Keding/© AMNH

The American Museum of Natural History’s highly anticipated Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation opened this, featuring spectacular architecture and housing new exhibition galleries, next-generation classrooms, and world-class scientific research and collections facilities.

Photo: Iwan Baan

The Gilder Center embodies the Museum’s mission of science and education in every way—from sparking curiosity and wonder through new exhibits in strikingly designed spaces to providing new facilities where research collections, exhibitions, and learning are situated in close proximity, reinforcing the central role of natural history collections in scientific discovery and providing deeper experiences that connect visitors to the evidence and processes of science through engaging exhibits and programs. At the same time, the new building also enhances the visitor experience by establishing continuous pathways through its four-block campus, connecting buildings that were constructed over the course of nearly 150 years. GET THE DETAILS.

Spring Market to Open at Bryant Park

We love the holiday shops at Bryant Park, and now there’s a massive spring market opening on Mother’s Day weekend, and for two weekends after that. The seasonal market will focus on one-of-a-kind handmade items, featuring 116 local vendors.

May 13. Japan Parade and Street Fair

This beautiful parade and street fair is back for a second year. The parade will celebrate Japanese culture, art, and tradition as it goes down Central Park West from 81st Street to 67th Street. Expect performances by drum ensemble Soh Daiko; the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY, karate demonstrations, sword fighting demonstrations, and so much more!

The opening ceremony is at 12:30 at Central Park West between 70t and 71st. The parade route is Central Park west from 81st street to 68th street. And the Street Fair is open from 10 am to 5 PM from West 72nd street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West. Get more details.


  • 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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