NYC Life Insider’s Guide: Broadway, Architecture, Sales, Gorillas, Date Night, Now Streaming

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Photo: Nicole Freezer Rubens

Can you guess where this building is that was captured by our roving photographer? Hint: It was designed by by I.M. Pei, S.J. Kessler and James Ingo Freed. Valerie Smaldone says Skeleton Crew, starring Phylicia Rashad is one of the best plays of this unusual Broadway season. But hurry, it’s in its final days. Love designer fashion for real women? Head to Gabrielle Carlson’s moving sale! Gorillas and Dinosaurs are on Park Avenue, there’s a free walking tour in Flatiron, and check out date nights at the Met. We have updates on our Renewal Summit panels. And our Broadway Babe as some awesome YouTube picks.

Moving Sale

Our friend and fabulous designer Gabrielle Carlson is on the move. Her new boutique location will be announced soon. But head to her current location for an unbelievable moving sale. 501 Lexington Ave @47th Street, NYC.

Broadway Babe’s Picks: Shirley MacLaine, Julie Andrews, Jerry Herman, Betty White

Our Broadway Babe, Randie Levine Miller, has some wonderful YouTube picks today. There’s a fabulous Shirley MacLaine concert; a Julie Andrews documentary as she prepared for Victor, Victoria; Jerry Herman and the Boston Pops; and Betty White in her own words. Plus, some fun sidebars with Randie’s personal anecdotes. WATCH NOW.

This will be a wonderful and inspiring evening. Join us on Facebook or YouTube.

Miami Life Insider’s Guide

In this week’s Miami Life newsletter, read why the Financial Times says Miami is the most important city in the USA. And Miami Life editor Lois Whiteman-Hess has the scoop on the Miami art scene, a great cinema and more. READ MORE.

Join us at the Renewal Summit

Join Anne and Cheryl Benton in New York City for this fabulous all-day event of inspiring speakers, panels, exhibitors, and connecting with other fabulous Tomatoes. Cheryl will be  moderating this panel on “Can You See Us Now? Changing the Perceptions of Aging”. GET THE DETAILS.


For a good dose of architecture, our roving photographer Nicole Freezer Rubens says go visit the 7.5 acre grounds of Kips Bay Towers. Completed in 1965, the brutalist style residential condominium complex was designed by by I.M. Pei, S.J. Kessler and James Ingo Freed. It consists of 2 apartment buildings, 20 stories each, housing a 4000 resident community. The complex is spread across 3 city blocks, from 30th to 33rd Street, between First and Second Avenues and includes a 3 acre landscaped garden.

Nicole personally loves the geometric heft of the site and it’s balance between buildings, sky and grounds, offering an unusual amount of open space surrounding a New York City building. This mid-century relic still stands out from its many white brick counterparts, developed in the 1960’s. Nicole says, “In my opinion, Kips Bay Towers has stood the test of time.” Nicole is the author of The Long Pause and the Short Breath.  Follow her on Instagram@nfrconsult.

Gorillas and Dinosaurs on Park Avenue

If you stroll Park Avenue between 34th and 38th Street you’ll see a very fun art installation sponsored by the Patrons of Park Avenue (POPA). The iconic polygonal shaped animal sculptures, including Rexor the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Mojo the Gorilla, and Baloo the Bear, are the creations of world-renowned artist, Idriss B

Born and raised outside Paris, France, Idriss B. has shown an interest in art since childhood. With decades worth of experience helping to create retail and window displays for luxury brands such as Dior, Moncler, Coach and Michael Kors, Idriss B. launched his unique artistic collection of origami-polygonal shaped animal sculptures in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and now, New York City.   Get more details.

Date Night at The Met

Every Friday and Saturday night from 5 to 9 PM, it’s Date Night at The Met! Bring a friend or special someone (or yourself!) for an evening of art, live music, and more in the hundreds of galleries and soaring spaces of the Museum.

Experience live music across the Museum from performers such as celebrated contemporary string quartet ETHEL; NYC’s leading medieval, Renaissance, and baroque ensemble Sonnambula; and Mike Hashim’s New Orleans Foot Warmers, playing Jazz Age classics.

Drop by an informal Gallery Chat with a Museum guide and “get to know” a work of art, just like a first date. Enjoy buy-one-get-one drink specials and an assortment of light fare in the American Wing Café and a small bites menu in the Balcony Lounge (for Members at the Evening Hours level and above). Get the full schedule and the details.

Feb. 20. Free Flatiron Tour Celebrates Presidents

Head to 23rd Street in front of the Flatiron Building for a free 90-minute guided tour that explores the connection between U.S. presidents and the rich history of the Flatiron District. Learn how former presidents like Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant are tied to the historic area. For example, the Worth Monument, an iconic obelisk on Fifth Avenue and Broadway served as the presidential front row seat during parades and celebrations. Other destinations on the tour include the New York Life Insurance Building, MetLife Clock Tower, and Appellate Courthouse. Get more details here.




  • 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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