NYC Life Insider’s Guide: Theater, St. Paddy’s Day, UWS Ukrainian Church, Grand Opening

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Where in the world is our roving photographer? Check out her photos this week. If you’re looking for an unusual theater experience, head to the Ellen Stewart Theater for the premiere of Misdemeanor Dream. There’s a beautiful Ukrainian Church on the Upper West Side and they’re taking donations for refugees. Our favorite NYC fashion designer, Gabrielle Carlson has a beautiful new location and you’re invited. March 27 is World Theater Day and Valerie Smaldone has the scoop. And the full St. Patrick’s Day Parade returns to Fifth Avenue for the first time in two years. And join us on May 13th for an inspiring day in NYC.

March 16. VIP Invite

Gabrielle Carlson is inviting Tomatoes for a celebration of the re-opening of her boutique at it’s beautiful new location. Pop in between 6 and 8 PM for a glass of wine, check out her beautiful designs, and meet some other awesome Tomatoes, 1034A Lexington Ave. (between 73th and 74th street) NYC. Visit her web site.

May 13. Join Us at the Renewal Summit.

This will be an awesome day with great panels and speakers, like this one on menopause and beyond! You’ll meet awesome Tomatoes, we have great exhibitors (shopping anyone), a wine reception on the outdoor terrace of our beautiful venue, the Scandinavia House.  GET THE DETAILS.

March 10-27.  Misdemeanor Dream” Premieres At La Mama

La MaMa ETC presents the world premiere of “Misdemeanor Dream,” the latest large-scale production of Spiderwoman Theater, the longest running Native American women’s theater company in North America.  In “Misdemeanor Dream” old spirits long-ago silenced reveal themselves to the current inhabitants of Turtle Island through their stories and experiences of daily, contemporary life. (“Turtle Island” is the name given to Earth by Indigenous peoples in North America.)

The production’s co-creators and storyweaving team leaders include director Muriel Miguel, an elder of the Kuna and Rappahannock nations, and a founding member and Artistic Director of Spiderwoman Theater.

“Misdemeanor Dream” immerses us in the values, worldview and unique aesthetics of Native culture, and is created by a multi-generational ensemble drawn from Indigenous communities across North America and internationally.  A series of post-show talk-backs (Sundays Mar 13, 20, 27) will offer insights into the process of Native cultural resurgence today. Running from Mar 10 to Mar 27 at the Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 East 4th Street. Get details:

The Parade Returns

On a day when everyone is Irish, throw on your green and head to Fifth Avenue to watch men in kilts, bagpipers, police, firefighters, marching bands, and so much more. The parade begins precisely at 11:00 AM  and marches up Fifth Avenue beginning at East 44th Street and ending at East 79th Street.

The NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of New York City’s greatest traditions. The first parade was on March 17, 1762 — fourteen years before the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence. The first NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade was comprised of a band of homesick, Irish ex-patriots and Irish military members serving with the British Army stationed in the colonies in New York. This was a time when the wearing of green was a sign of Irish pride but was banned in Ireland. In that 1762 parade, participants reveled in the freedom to speak Irish, wear green, sing Irish songs and play the pipes to Irish tunes that were meaningful to the Irish immigrants of that time. Get more details here.

Upper West Side Ukrainian Cathedral Taking Donations 

The Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Volodymyr in NYC, located at 160 West 82nd Street, is collecting donations to support critical aid to address refugee needs. A direct link to donate is HERE.

The cathedral has an interesting history. It was originally known as the West End Synagogue, built for Congregation Shaaray Tefilam, founded in 1845. It was converted into a Ukrainian Autocephalic Orthodox Church in 1959. It’s quite beautiful and a peaceful place to prayer for the Ukrainian’s.  Visit the cathedral’s website.

Roving in San Francisco

Our roving photographer Nicole Freezer Rubens, took a detour to SF this week. Here ‘s what she said: “With only a day and a half in San Francisco and on foot, I covered a lot of great ground. From Chinatown to downtown, to the Mission District and the world famous curved Lombard Street and bold Painted Lady houses, I got a great overview of the city.

The hills were steeper than I remembered but the general vibe and the intense colors all around were just as I recalled. It’s easy to leave your heart in San Francisco!” Nicole is the author of The Long Pause and the Short Breath.  Follow her on Instagram@nfrconsult.


Miami Life

If you haven’t check out our Miami Life newsletter yet, Lois Whitman-Hess brings her city to life. And what’s the hottest restaurant in Miami right now? But good luck trying to get in. Check it out. 



  • 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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