NYC LIFE INSIDER’s GUIDE: Support the Blue, Phantom, Soup Drive, Laughs, Umbrellas, Museums and More

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There’s big Phantom news and Valerie Smaldone has the scoop. We could all use a good laugh, so check out Stone & Stone’s upcoming show. St. Francis Food Pantries has a soup drive. There are exciting new exhibits at the museums. Have you heard about the new rent an umbrella for free app? There are lots of ways to celebrate Lunar New Year which starts February 1 including the Parade and Festival. And last, it was a very sad few days in NYC with the loss of two young police officers. Time to make our voices heard.

Dear New York Politicians

We stand with our police. Do you? We normally stay out of politics at the 3Ts, but enough is enough. Mayor Adams was elected to stop the crime wave and return our quality of life to NYC. Let’s not hamper his efforts. Tomatoes, it’s time to reach out to your elected officials in NYC and Albany. Make your voices heard.

Hunger Knows No Season

A small donation will help St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters deliver 10,000 cases of soup to families in need this winter.  Currently, this wonderful non-profit serves over 1.2 million meals each year in New York City, Long Island, and New Jersey. The current economic uncertainty and decreases in the workforce have placed additional burdens on them as the number of those in need increases each week with more and more families seeking help to feed themselves. Donate today.

Feb. 17. Stone and Stone LIVE

Twin brothers Adam and Todd Stone, two of our favorite comics, are headlining their first show since the pandemic at City Vineyard, Pier 26, Tribeca. Their smart, witty, Seinfeld like observational humor will have you laughing out loud—something we could all use right now

Thursday, February 17 – 7:30 p.m.

City Vineyard (233 West St. – in Tribeca on the Hudson River, Pier 26)

Tickets: $20 / delicious wine and food menu, but no minimum spend  GET TICKETS:

Celebrate Lunar New Year

©NYC & Company / Joe Buglewicz

There are many events all though New York City and the great news is the The Chinese New Year Parade and Festival is back on Sunday, February 20, 2022. The parade kicks off at 1pm and the party lasts until 4:30pm. Check out more events.

We are excited to introduce you to our new Miami Life Insider’s Guide editor, Lois Whitman Hess. The newsletter will be published weekly and whether you live in Miami or visit from time to time it will chock full of fun things to do in this vibrant city. Read more.

Signs of Spring

Our roving photographer, Nicole Freezer Rubens says, “At the heart of a New York City winter, with January temperatures dipping below average, signs of spring abound. Flowers are a constant source of color and hope, found in expected and unexpected places all year round.

As I walk under the barren winter branches I remember what they were like in the pink springtime and eagerly await their inevitable return. One can visit the multiple botanic gardens and know what to expect, but I have found flowers scattered as surprises throughout the seasons. From flower flashes to bodega bouquets, seeing them always brightens my day!” Nicole is the author of The Long Pause and the Short Breath.  Follow her on Instagram@nfrconsult.

No Umbrella? No problem.

How many times have you been caught in a sudden downpour without an umbrella? How much have you spent from street vendors to buy one? Well now you can rent an umbrella for FREE. Rentbrella has come to New York with than 35 stations are already setup in Manhattan. You simply download their app to find the newest rental kiosk. Put in your credit card info and get your umbrella. It’s free as long as you return it in 24 hours. After that there is a $2 charge for the second and third day if you don’t return it to a station, and after the third day, you own it for $16 . Learn more.


  • 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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