NYC Life: Holiday Fun, Ticket Giveaway, Entertainment

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Get your tickets now for our December 5 event! You don’t want to miss out. In between our “to do” lists, it’s important to make time for fun and special events. We’ve got some ideas from cabaret shows to holiday train shows, ice skating under the Brooklyn Bridge and more. We’re giving away theater tickets. Our roving photographer has fabulous photos of Oculus at The World Trade Center. Our Broadway Babe unearthed four fabulous nostalgic finds. And if you get Sunday’s Newsday, make sure to read the profile feature on the “head Tomato” aka, moi.

Win Tickets to the Gazillion Bubble Show

This is the perfect family holiday show! Celebrating 15 years in NYC, Gazillion Bubble Show is the unpoppable international hit for the whole family! Bubble lovers of all ages are delighted with an incredibubble experience, awashed with a bubble tide, and perhaps even find themselves inside a bubble. GET THE DETAILS.

Nov. 18-Jan. 15. The Holiday Train Show® at NYBG

This beloved holiday tradition returns to the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) for its 32nd year. It features model trains zipping through a miniature wonderland of nearly 200 New York landmark replicas, each delightfully re-created from natural materials such as leaves, seeds, twigs, bark, acorns, and cinnamon sticks, is bigger than ever, with more trains and the addition of an all-new and enchanting outdoor train display, complementing the indoor show in the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. On 17 select nights, visitors of all ages can enjoy both the Holiday Train Show and NYBG GLOW, The New York Botanical Garden’s outdoor holiday light experience, Get tickets at

Holiday Train Show Returns to Grand Central Station

For the first time since 2019, the New York Transit Museum’s Grand Central Gallery plays host to a city within a city with the display of a miniature electric railroad running over, through, and beneath some of New York’s most magnificent landmarks. This beloved annual holiday exhibit features model trains traveling along a 34′ long, two-level, “O” gauge model train layout. Departing from a miniature replica of Grand Central Terminal, the Transit Museum’s collection of Lionel trains including Metro-North, Polar Express, and vintage subway train sets will dazzle the eyes of children and adults alike as they make their way past New York landmarks and on to the North Pole. And it’s FREE. GET THE DETAILS.

Our Newest Ice Skating Rink is Under the Brooklyn Bridge

Skate underneath the historic Brooklyn Bridge while taking in the iconic views of the Manhattan skyline. Glide at Brooklyn Bridge Park is a premier winter experience in a setting that will take your breath away. GET THE DETAILS.

Nov. 19 Issue of Newsday….


“For more than two decades, Cheryl Benton rose through the ranks of the advertising industry — starting and then selling her own agency and commanding high-profile positions at prestigious firms like Bozell and Jordan McGrath Case & Partners. But by the time she turned 50, she said, she’d begun to sense a bias against older women in the workplace.” So starts the Newsday profile. Read it online or in Sunday’s Newsday print edition.

Roving at the Oculus

Our Roving Photographer, Nicole Freezer Rubens writes:

 The Oculus at the World Trade Center is one of the many things of beauty that came out of the destruction of 9/11. As the centerpiece of the rebuilt site, this mall opened in 2016. It is an architectural feat of great visual and practical interest, designed by a Spaniard named Santiago Calatrava. He used white metal clad steel and glass to create the illusion of a dove in flight after being released from a hand. Others see the structure as a claw hanging on to lower Manhattan. Every time I am there, I clearly visualize the skeleton of a whale and am reminded of the fable of Jonah and the Whale, referring to repentance, faith and survival.

The Oculus is 365,000 square feet housing a plethora of retail stores, subway and PATH train stops. The exact location is 50 Church Street, right next to the National September 11 Memorial Museum. On November 24th, for first time ever the Winter Whirl roller rink will open and you too can have a chance to whirl around inside a massive whale with a view!

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

Dec. 6 Dianne Fraser at Don’t Tell Mama

Acclaimed Los Angeles cabaret artist Dianne Fraser will make a rare East Coast appearance in December to celebrate the release of her debut album, You and I – The Words and Music of Leslie Bricusse. The recording was arranged and produced by Todd Schroeder and is being released on the blujazz label. The show, directed by Laura Henry, will be at legendary theater district nightspot Don’t Tell Mama on Dec. 6 2023 at 7PM. There is a music charge of $20 per person and a $20 minimum per person (must include two drinks). Don’t Tell Mama is a CASH ONLY ROOM at 343 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues. A light food menu is available in the cabaret rooms. Reservations online only at:

Dec. 8. Celia Berk at Winter Rhythms at Urban Stages

Award winning vocalist Celia Berk will appear in Winter Rhythms at Urban Stages this holiday season in A DREAM AND A SONG: The Musical Stories of Elizabeth Sullivan.  There will be one performance only on Dec. 8 at 7PM.  She will be joined by guitarist Sean Driscoll, violinist Seoyeon Im and pianist/music director Jon Weber.  Jeff Harnar directs. Urban Stages is at 259 West 30th Street (btw 7th and 8th Avenues) in Manhattan. Tickets may be purchased here:

More about Celia Berk at



  • 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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