NYC LIFE Insider’s Guide: Roller Rinks, Flowers Show, Foodies, Live Music and More
Are you ready to boogie on roller skates? The ice rink at Rock Center is being transformed into a roller rink. And JFK’s TWA Hotel opens their roller rink in April too! Macy’s spectacular flower show returns on March 27. Attention Instagram foodies: there’s spot in the West Village you will love. We have the scoop on some great cabaret shows. Valerie Smaldone is on a brief hiatus filming a Christmas movie. Our Broadway Babe has some awesome streaming picks. Where in the world was the photo above taken by our roving photographer? Hint: Clint Eastwood was Mayor. And join us for our Renewal Summit.
May 13. Meet us at the Renewal Summit
Get your tickets now for this awesome all day event with fabulous speakers, panelists, exhibitors, lunch, wine reception, and a chance to meet other amazing Tomatoes. Get the details.
March 23. A Tribute to Judy Garland
Head to Don’t Tell Mama for a centennial salute to the legend that was Judy Garland. Fabulous singers will pay tribute, including Roe Piccolo, a Tomatoes Got Talent alum. $20 + 2 drink minimum. Make reservations.
March 27. Mother/Daughter Cabaret Duo
Our favorite mother/daughter cabaret duo return for one more night, after being nominated for 2 Broadway World awards. Evangeline Johns (another Tomatoes Got Talent alum) and Ariana Johns with Darryl Curry on piano return to Don’t Tell Mama in their delightful, crowd-pleasing show, featuring songs from The Beatles to Bessie Smith, Johnny Mercer to The Cure, tales that range from raucous to sublime.
With choreography by Max McGuire and Mark Mindek and musical direction by Darryl Curry, this singular duo bring their unique chemistry (well, they share a whole lotta DNA) back to delight audiences once again.
When: Sunday, March 27th @ 4:00 pm | Where: Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036 | Reservations: donttellmamanyc.com
March 30. Garden of Alla at the Cutting Room
Don’t miss this critically acclaimed multimedia solo show telling the story of the greatest star you’ve never heard of: Alla Nazimova, the forgotten trailblazing iconoclast. A Jewish Crimean immigrant fleeing programs, persecution and censorship in Tsarist Russia, she became a Broadway legend, the highest paid silent movie star in Tinseltown, and the first female director/producer/writer in Hollywood. A portion of ticket proceeds will go to the Ukraine Crisis fund.
Unapologetic about her bisexuality she coined the infamous “sewing circle”, proclaiming her strength when women were relegated to silence. She defied the moral and artistic codes of her time that eventually forced her into obscurity, “silenced under the smoldering rubble of forgotten history”. One night only at the Cutting Room. 44 E 32nd St, NYC, Get tickets here.
March 27-April 10. Macy’s Flower Show
You know it’s spring when the flower show returns to Macy’s in Herald Square. It’s truly an incredible display. Once again, you’ll find themed gardens that showcase thousands of live flowers, plants, and trees from around the globe. Get more details.
April 15 – Oct. 22. Flipper’s Boogie Roller Rink at Rock Center
Now this is so cool. The ice rink will transform into a roller skating rink “Flippers Roller Boogie Nights” a revival of the legendary LA roller rink from the ‘70s and early 80s. (Remember the movie “Boogie Nights?”) It coincides with the reopening of The Rink Level which will serve as a grand entrance from the Plaza and Channel Gardens. Glass doors encircle The Rink so you easily walk in and out and view the skaters in the Plaza
The last time there was roller skating in Rockefeller Center was 1940. The roller skating season will feature DJ sets, live music, family events, and other activities planned in partnership with Rockefeller Center. Tickets start at $20 for adults and $12 for children under 15-year-old and do not include skate rentals. Rentals are available on-site, but you’re allowed to bring your own wheels too. To purchase tickets and learn more about the roller rink check out Flipper’s World website here.
April 15-Nov. 1. Roller Rama at JFK
JFK Airport’s retro TWA Hotel reopens its Roll-A-Rama at the Runway Rink for the season! Take a spin on the tarmac around the hotel’s 1958 Lockheed Constellation “Connie” airplane. Don your terry cloth headband and glide around to retro tunes — maybe even some disco?
Weather permitting, the Roll-A-Rama will be open Fridays from 4 PM to 8 PM and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 PM to 8 PM. Capacity is limited, and tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Tickets cannot be purchased in advance and can only be purchased with a credit card. Get the details.
Where Instagram Food Dreams Come True
While We Were Young, a little restaurant in the West Village is setting the Instagram foodies on fire. It’s a stylish, airy bar and restaurant presenting refined New American fare & inventive craft cocktails.
Broadway Babe’s Streaming Picks
Our Broadway Babe, Randie Levine Miller has curated some terrific showbiz entertained from YouTube. Go the scenes of the Sunset Boulevard with Andrew Lloyd Webber in the version that starred Diahann Carol. And you’ll love this 1974 TV special with Shirley MacLaine and Carol Burnett – “If They Could See Me Now.” Watch now.
Our Roving Photographer
Our roving photographer, Nicole Freezer Rubens travels take us this week to California and back in time to Carmel, a beautiful beach town where nature and industry remain virtually untouched. Being surrounded by grocery stores, pharmacies and coffee shops that looked the same as they did when they opened 50 or more years ago, bound by the Pacific Coast Highway and stoic green mountains is a humbling experience.
Perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, well aware that this shore is the edge of our nation, she welcomed the stark but beautiful difference to my beloved New York City. It’s so nice to get away, and also to return home. Life is good! Nicole is the author of The Long Pause and the Short Breath. Follow her on Instagram@nfrconsult.