NYC LIFE INSIDER’S GUIDE: Orchids, Tea, Entertainment, Renewal

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Check out the fab photos from the Orchid Show at NYBG taking by the 3Ts Roni Jenkins, and hurry there before it closes. Our roving photographer, Nicole Freezer Rubens, enjoyed a Mrs. Maisel inspired tea party at the Plaza. The Easter Bonnet Parade is back! The Atrium at Lincoln Center has FREE events. Our Broadway Babe has some great YouTube Finds. Valerie Smaldone interviews celebrated drummer and now baker, Ralph Rolle. And we wish all who celebrate, a Happy Easter and Passover and a happy, healthy season of renewal. Speaking of which, join us at our Renewal Summit.

Tamsen Fadal, Dr. Robi Ludwig, and Leslie Gold at the Renewal Summit

Our SF Life editor Kim Selby will moderate a panel, “Happiness at Every Age,” one of the five panels at our upcoming Renewal Summit. Panelists are WPIX anchor Tamsen Fadal; award winning reporter and psychologist, Dr. Robi Ludwig; and the “Radio Chick,” Leslie Gold. GET THE DETAILS.


The Easter Bonnet Parade is Back

Grab your Easter bonnet and head to St. Patrick Cathedral 5th Ave. The Easter Bonnet Parade dates back to the 1870s. The parade starts at 49 St and continues up to 57 St. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Easter Sunday. And watch this great clip of Judy Garland and Fred Astaire from the film, “The Easter Parade.” And watch this delightful clip with Judy Garland and Fred Astaire in the film, the Easter Parade.

April 26- 29. MAD About Jewelry to Feature Amy Kanarek

We are so excited that our Tomato pal, the very talented Amy Kanarek, has been selected by the Museum of Art and Design to feature her handcrafted jewelry using tiny glass seed beads, meticulously woven one into the other. Her one-of-a-kind pieces are wearable art designs that range from exotic to classic, and flow effortlessly from casual to special occasions.

Amy will be featured in the Lobby. Museum of Art and Design is located at: 2 Columbus Circle, NYC. PS: Amy is one of the exhibitors at our Renewal Summit.

Now to May 1. Hurry to the Orchid Show

The dazzling floral creations of Jeff Leatham, famed artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris and floral designer to the stars, return for The Orchid Show’s 19th year. Leatham’s bold and colorful vision will unfold through captivating installations and designs, transforming the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into a different color experience and visual effect, like the turn of a kaleidoscope.

The 3Ts Roni Jenkins was there this week and captured these fabulous photos!

Orchid towers of orange, yellow, and green, undulating fields of white, and overhead plumes of purple, together with artistic embellishments and a kaleidoscopic tunnel of lights, will enthrall visitors. GET THE DETAILS.

 April 23 @4PM. Maureen Taylor at Don’t Tell Mama

Maureen Taylor will celebrate the launch of her new CD, “Maureen Taylor: Cosmic Connections – The Lyrics of Michael Colby.” She will perform several songs from the album. Don’t Tell Mama 343 West 46th Street between 8th and 9th Aves. NYC. Please make your reservations here.

Free Performances at Lincoln Center

The David Rubenstein Atrium has reopened for public events and performances! Check out the calendar of concerts with artists from across the globe, interactive installations, live podcast recordings, family performances, participatory dance parties, conversations about today’s most pressing issues, and community events. Get the schedule of upcoming performances.

Mrs. Maisel Tea at the Plaza

In honor of the current season of Mrs. Maisel, the Plaza Hotel had a special tea menu in her honor at the Palm Court. Our roving photographer, Nicole Freezer Rubens got to experience this. She writes:

As a tremendous fan of the show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and an avid lover of anything iconic New York, I hit the jackpot when I went to a special throwback Mrs. Maisel themed tea at The Palm Court in The Plaza Hotel. The Palm Court opened in 1907 and was renovated in 2013. When it’s original design was restored it was filled with greenery, inspired by Central Park, which is right outside. The Plaza and the tea salon have been used in countless Hollywood productions because of its very grand dramatic and elegant setting. 

The Maisel tea offers a midcentury menu honoring Miriam’s character’s Jewish identity. The variations included pastrami on marbled rye and smoked salmon tea sandwiches. I also enjoyed honey cake and babka flavored cheesecake, all so delicious in any decade!

Tea at the Palm Court is always a special treat. Check out the menu and make a reservation.




  • 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.

2 Responses

  1. Ellen Easton says:

    As the afternoon tea consultant to the Plaza hotel from 1997 to 2009, it is disheartening to see so many important mistakes in both the menu , presentation and service in their current program. Afternoon tea is not a free for all. It is an art form to be respected which sadly, imho The Plaza is missing its responsibility to the public to get it right.

  2. Ellen Easton says:

    Roni, your orchid photos are beautiful. Thank you for sharing the exhibit with all.

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