NYC LIFE Insider’s Guide: Renewal, Mrs. Patmore, Broadway Shows, Rooftop Park and More

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NYC is blooming, and our roving photographer has captured the moments. Our Renewal Summit is just around the corner and we’re excited that STACY LONDON (What NOT to Wear) is joining our fabulous speaker roster. Downton Abbey’s Lesley Nicol (Mrs. Patmore) not only bakes, but she also sings and is performing in NYC.  Valerie Smaldone reviews two new Broadway shows, Take Me Out and American Buffalo (David Mamet’s classic.) Lots of excitement at NYC’s piers with rooftop parks and mini backyards. If you love cats, you can adopt one this weekend. And if you’re a Tomato with talent, we want you!

Exciting Update! Stacy London co-host of WHAT NOT TO WEAR and CEO of State of Menopause will be a speaker at our upcoming Renewal Summit on “Navigating Menopause and Beyond,” one of five awesome panels. The menopause panel will be moderated by Barbara Hannah Grufferman, a leading voice for positive aging. The panel also includes endocrinologist Hugh Melnick, MD and midlife women’s health expert, Tara Allmen, MD.

NYC’s Largest Rooftop Park Opens

 Historic Pier 57 has just opened a fabulous rooftop park that is nearly two-acres of open space with incredible views of Little Island and New York Harbor. It is open daily from 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM daily. Hudson River Greenway/11th Ave at W. 15th St.

Photos: Brett Beyer

Pier 57 was formerly a maritime port and bus depot, that has now been transformed into a mixed-use development with office space for Google and a new food hall curated by the James Beard Foundation.

Starting May 1. Reserve Your Backyard at Pier 17

The mini backyards at back on the rooftop at Pier 17. Enjoy unrivaled views of the city skyline at NYC’s ultimate dining destination, The Greens. Made up of 28 mini-lawns with unique cabana-style lounging. Enjoy lunch, dinner or cocktails against the backdrop of waterfront views and the New York skyline. Reserve your pint-sized patch of prime Manhattan real estate, perfect for groups of up to 8. Order bites, sip cocktails & enjoy the breeze. Get the details.

NYC is Blooming

Our roving photographer, Nicole Freezer Rubens says, there is no such thing as overkill when the cherry blossoms bloom in New York City. The wide range of trees greet us every April adding a pop of color and texture to our greenery. The varieties include Okame, Yoshino and Kwanzan.

The best place to see a high concentration of cherry blossoms is in Central Park, primarily between 72nd and 96th streets. They can be found around the reservoir, the Great Lawn and Cedar Hill.  The life of the blooming blossoms is short lived so hurry up before the petals fall off, sail gracefully to the ground and carpet our pathways in glorious shades of pink, reminding us that summer is near. Nicole is the author of The Long Pause and the Short Breath.  Follow her on Instagram@nfrconsult.

Now – May 8. An Intimate Evening with Downton Abbey Star Lesley Nicol

Head to the McKittrick Hotel and enjoy an intimate evening with Downton Abbey star Lesley Nicol (Mrs. Patmore). Through masterful storytelling and ten original songs, Lesley takes the audience on a journey from her childhood through her time as a working actor to her success on “Downton Abbey.” Having a successful acting career in Great Britain and in the US, Lesley has been a part of numerous theatre productions, many successful television shows and will soon be featured in the upcoming movie Downton Abbey: A New Era scheduled for release in May. She weaves her life into this charming musical autobiography accompanied by Mark Mueller on the piano.

Add On an Exclusive High Tea Before the Show. An exclusive pre-show High Tea service is offered to enhance the experience, complete with an assortment of fine teas, cakes, and finger sandwiches prepared by the hotel’s Executive Chef Pascal Le Seac’h. Additional reservation required.  McKittrick Hotel, 530 West 27th Street, NYC.  Get the details.

Adopt a Cat

From Time Out NYBest Friends Lifesaving Center in SoHo is hosting local rescue group Little Wanderers for a cat adoption event this weekend, on Sunday, noon-4pm. About 20 cats and kittens will be available for adoption at 307 West Broadway! Adoption fees are $125 for kittens less than six months old and $100 for cats over six months old. All cats come spayed/neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. For more information, visit!



  • 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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