NYC Life: Holiday Walk, Hirschfeld, Lights, Trains, Trees and More

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Did you know that Dr. Clement Clarke wrote, “A Visit From St. Nicholas” in his country home on 23rd Street? You’ll learn that and more this Sunday on a free holiday walking tour. NYBG is well worth a visit for the holiday lights and the train show. NYC has many beautiful Christmas trees, but have you seen the Origami Tree? For a unique experience, take a NYC Holiday Cruise. Valerie Smaldone has the scoop on the refreshed Algonquin Hotel and the latest Al Hirschfeld book. Our roving photographer just returned from Cuba. Our Broadway Babe is back. And get your tickets for our first event of the New Year.

Join us for a wonderful afternoon that starts with a tour of the new Museum of Broadway, followed by a three-course lunch at Chez Josephine with live music. A perfect way to spend a winter Sunday. GET THE DETAILS. 

NYBG GLOW—NYC’S Largest Outdoor Holiday Light Experience

Enjoy a fabulous holiday experience at the New York Botanical Garden. Their incredible lighting show, NYBG GLOW returns for its third year. Discover the beauty of their landscape and historic buildings after dark, breathtakingly illuminated across the Garden. Round out your experience with an after-dark visit to the Holiday Train Show® under the glow of the Haupt Conservatory by purchasing a special combination ticket. Enjoy a drink, hot cocoa, and a bite to eat at one of their outdoor bars or the Bronx Night Market Holiday Pop-Up. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW AND GET MORE DETAILS HERE.

Dec. 18. FREE Flatiron Holiday Walking Tour

The Flatiron NoMad Partnership, which provides free, year-round historic walking tours of the neighborhood, is offering this special holiday-themed walking tours.  You’ll learn about about the Star of Hope, the country’s first public Christmas tree lighting, the international toy and gift center, and Dr. Clement Clarke Moore writing his famous Christmas poem, “A Visit From St. Nicholas” in his country home on 23rd Street in 1822.

The holiday-themed tour starts at 11:00 a.m. at the tip of the Flatiron Building at 23rd Street just east of Fifth Avenue. No advance registration is required. For more information, visit

The Origami Holiday Tree

Photograph: By Matt Shanley / Courtesy of AMNH

It’s so worth a visit to the Natural Museum of History to check out this year’s origami tree. The theme of this year’s 13-foot tree is Beautiful Bugs, featuring specially created models inspired by the upcoming Susan and Peter J. Solomon Family Insectarium opening in Winter 2023 as part of the Museum’s new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation.

Photograph: By Matt Shanley / Courtesy of AMNH

Among the more than 1,000 origami pieces decorating the tree will be intricately designed models of long-legged grasshoppers, brilliantly colored butterflies, and iridescent beetles, as well as those depicting iconic Museum exhibits like the Blue Whale and Tyrannosaurus rex.

Origami Holiday Tree is delightfully decorated with hand-folded paper models created by local, national, and international origami artists.

Enjoy a NYC Holiday Cruise

Get into the holiday spirit with a winter holiday themed boat ride in a 1920s style yacht. You’ll have great views of the Statue of Liberty and the NYC Skyline.  Choose from a variety of holiday excursions: Statue & Skyline Holiday Cocoa Cruise, the Sunset & Holiday Cocoa Cruise and New York City Lights Holiday Cocoa Cruise, a scrumptious Holiday Brunch Cruise, Holiday Jazz and the memorable Cocoa & Carols Cruise throughout December.  GET THE DETAILS.

Broadway Babe’s Entertaining Picks

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and sit back and relax, and watch these gems that Randie Levine-Miller has unearthed. They include the 1998 Kennedy Center Honors, a Johnny Ray Documentary, and scenes from the 1994 version of Showboat, and more.  Get the details.

Roving In Cuba

Our roving photographer, Nicole Freezer Rubens, just returned from Cuba, and writes:

I was fortunate enough to visit Havana for the first time and be granted inside access to many aspects of the warm, welcoming, endearing and innovative Cuban people and places. I learned so much and there is much to be said, but for my first post of Cuban photos, I am focused on the simple beauty I found in the colors of Havana. I saw hope in the spectacular display of both bright and fading hues. I hope you do too. 



  • 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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