NYC Life: Holiday Stroll, Theater News, Museums, Spa, Events, and More

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This Sunday is a perfect day to stroll Fifth Avenue, traffic free. Valerie Smaldone has exciting Broadway news—Sinatra, a musical of course, is coming to Broadway. And here’s another show that got our attention—A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx. Alex Katz is working his magic at the Guggenheim and our roving photographer was there. Ready to chill out in a rooftop sauna with great views of NYC? Us to! And Broadway Babe has some entertaining video picks. And we have several upcoming 3T events we hope you’ll join us at.

Stroll Fifth Avenue without Traffic

For the first time ever, starting this Sunday, NYC is closing Fifth Avenue from 48th Street to 57th Street to traffic on Dec. 4, 11, and 18th. So pick a Sunday and enjoy a stroll to view the tree at Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the windows and light show at Saks Fifth Avenue and much more. Get more updates here.

Join on December 13th at Gabrielle Carlson’s Studio on 1034A Lexington Avenue (bet 73/74 Streets) for a celebration of authors, fashion, and holiday cheer. Pop in anytime between 6:30 and 8:30 PM. Then on January 22nd, join us for a tour of the Museum of Broadway followed by lunch at Chez Josephine.


Broadway Babe: West Side Story, Toast of the Town, Johnny Mathis and more

Our Broadway Babe has unearthed some wonderful nostalgic finds including film clips from the original West Side Story; Toast of the Town, the forerunner to the Ed Sullivan Show; Broadway Open House, the forerunner to The Tonight Show; and a very special concert with Johnny Mathis from 25 years ago. WATCH THE VIDEOS.

Alex Katz’s “Gathering” at the Guggenheim

Our roving photographer, Nicole Freezer Rubens, says “Alex Katz is still working his magic at his perfect and beautifully curated retrospective Gathering, at the Guggenheim Museum. At 95 years old he has still gathered his wife Ada and all of his creative and artistic peers into one iconic rotunda.

He is known for his unique style of portraiture reminiscent of grand billboards and movie screens. Seeing the work in the Guggenheim’s spiral gallery space, made me feel like I was at a party amidst all of Katz’s friends, while also being inside a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors. The space and the show are an ideal symbiotic combination.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the well written, highly insightful descriptions, as much as seeing the paintings and sculptures.

This monumental exhibit is up through February 20th. I highly recommend it as it is one of the best retrospectives I have ever seen.”

Get the details.

Now-Dec. 13. A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx

A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx, a multi-award winning poignant drama by playwright/novelist Gary Morgenstein, opened yesterday at Chain Theater (312 W. 36th Street, 4th Floor). Bernice Garfield-Szita directs. Set in a working-class neighborhood of the Bronx during the racial and political unrest of the 1960s, the multi-generational play portrays the dysfunctional family dynamics between a married couple and the wife’s overbearing parents overbearing parents who live in the apartment next door. When the couple’s rebellious teenage son Elliot (Spencer Neumann) gets mugged, it triggers Sammy’s desire to defy his powerful father-in-law and move to Long Island to claim his share of the American Dream. Harry has other ideas.

Featured in the cast are Jackie Kusher*(Joyland), Andrea Bell Wolff* (2022 Perry Award Winner, Best Actress), Mike Roche* (Night Over Taos at INTAR, Estelle Parsons director), Holly O’Brien* (Two by Two, Martin Charnin director), Marina Rebecca Chan (Asian American Girl/developed at Pan Asian Rep) and Spencer Neumann (Les Miserables). *(Members of Actors Equity). Tickets are $25. Get tickets here.

A Tomato Can’t Grow Can’t Grow in the Bronx was performed to sold out houses in April at the Center Playhouse in Freehold, winning three 2022 Perry Awards from the New Jersey Association of Community Theaters (NJACT) including Best Original Play and Best Actress.

A Rooftop Sauna with a Panoramic City View

Feeling stressed? You don’t have to leave the city to enjoy this spa experience. The William Vale hotel in Brooklyn is elevating their Winter Spa experience to help detox-seeking city dwellers recharge and reset for the New Year. Check out their beautiful red cedar outdoor saunas that will help you sweat your stress away while you enjoy a skyline view through their saunas’ panoramic dome window. Open through this Fall and Winter. Reserve your escape from the winter cold and let your worries melt away.



  • 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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