NYC LIFE INSIDER’S GUIDE: Islands, Disco, Cabaret Broadway, and More

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Looking for a getaway? Check out our roving photographers’ photos from Quebec. But it’s a beautiful weekend to be in in New York and the days ahead look great.  Enjoy some of our city’s fabulous outdoor places, like Little Island, Hudson Yards, and Lincoln Center. Sandi Durell is producing an amazing cabaret benefit at the Cutting Room. Don’t miss it. And Valerie Smaldone says the premise of the multiple Tony nominated A Strange Loop, is surely clever, and very relatable. Enjoy the weekend Tomatoes.

June 12. Star Studded Line Up

Our favorite song and dance guy, Lee Roy Reams, will be honored by the American Popular Song Society, APSS, at a benefit co-produced by Sandi Durell at The Cutting Room. The evening will be filled with performers you know and love, including the much beloved Marilyn Maye. GET THE DETAILS.

A Mini Vaca on Little Island

Opened last year, Little Island is our latest public park, located in Hudson River Park, where all New Yorkers and visitors can experience nature and art in a unique urban oasis on the Hudson River. The park features a lush, seasonal, landscape with rolling hills, winding pathways and dazzling views coupled with programming that includes music, dance, theater, poetry, comedy and arts workshops for all ages.

Here are a few highlights:

Same time and place every week in June – September:

Singer Songwriters

  • Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. – The Glade

Comedy, Spoken Word, or Poetry

  • Thursdays at 6 p.m. – The Glade

Trivia, Drag Bingo, Cabaret, Piano Sing-a-longs, and more

  • Fridays at 9:30p.m. – The Play Ground

Popular Music and the American Songbook

  • Saturdays at 6:30p.m. – The Glade

Kids and Family Programming

  • Sundays at 6:30 p.m. – The Glade

Creative Breaks

  • Wednesdays – Saturdays 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – The Glade
  • Wednesdays – Fridays 3p.m. – 4p.m. – The Glade

Get full details here.

Backyard at Hudson Yards

Hudson Park’s Back Yard programming includes some fun events.  Live outdoor concerts, live sports tournaments on the 30-foot Big Screen; fun-filled kids programming and classes; outdoor fitness classes; a multitude of outdoor dining options; a series of outdoor movie screenings to close out the season; and more.  Get the details.

Disco Ball at Lincoln Center

There’s a 1300 disco ball in the center of the city’s largest dance floor outside at Lincoln Center. It’s called “The Oasis,” and it was designed by. And now it’s officially open for the season! There will be free dances, concerts and performances throughout the summer. There will also be a mini outdoor film festival. Get the details of events.

A Quebec Getaway

Our roving photographer Nicole Freezer Rubens is at her other happy place – Quebec. She writes:

As much as I relish in the nonstop action of city living, it’s also great to get away from the hustle and bustle. I recently spent time in a cottage on a lake in Quebec where the sound of traffic and sirens was replaced by loons crowing and breezes blowing. The distinctive smells of knotty pine and fresh cut grass danced with my senses. The glorious and even regular sunsets brought a cover of darkness and the lack of city lights made the stars easily visible. The simple pleasures of cottage life and uninterrupted family time, offered me a chance to step back from my daily life and refresh my soul. I am ready to face the hazy, hot and humid summer and the asphalt waiting to greet me at home.


  • 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.

1 Response

  1. Christina Del Balso says:

    So where is this cottage???

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