NYC Life:  Remembering, Street Festivals, Food Exhibit and More

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She was everybody’s Queen.  And on Thursday, in honor her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth II, the Empire State Building and the Mario Cuomo Bridge were lit in purple, her favorite color. Sunday marks the 21st anniversary of 9/11 and New Yorkers, especially, will never forget. As we move into Fall there are lots of exciting things going on, like street fairs festivals, museums, and theater. Our roving photographer suggests you check out The Icon Series of sculptures. Our Broadway Babe has some great finds this week. And Valerie Smaldone reports in on her recent trip to Portugal.

The Tribute in Light

Every year on Sept. 11, the two beams of light shine from the top of the Battery Park garage, which is just south of the memorial to  honor all those souls lost. It can be seen from a 60 mile radius, so look up in the sky.

Tribute in Light is a commemorative public art installation first presented six months after 9/11 and then every year thereafter, from dusk to dawn, on the night of September 11. It has become an iconic symbol that both honors those killed and celebrates the unbreakable spirit of New York. Get more details.

Sept. 15. All That Buzz – Laugh Out Loud Funny

Humorist, Adventurer, Producer, and Philanthropist Victoria Herbert returns for her popular YouTube series, All that Buzz. Having fun, a slice of life and doing comedy that makes a difference to help stop pollution and save the environment. Co-producer Phyllis Haynes and editor Sebastian Neville celebrate Vicky’s return. You never know where she will take you and what you might find. The new season premieres on YouTube Sept. 15.

Oct. 11. Watch Tomatoes Got Talent on Your Screen

This is our 8th Tomatoes Got Talent show and features 12 women over 40 who have made their marks and their livings outside of the entertainment world. The show is entertaining and inspiring, and proves you are never too old to live your dreams. Our live in person show is sold out, but streaming tickets are $20.00. GET THE DETAILS.

September Street Fairs and Festivals

It’s that time of year when street fairs and festivals are all the city. This weekend head to the Washington Square Arch Fair, and the Sixth Avenue Merchandise Fair. And next week is the granddaddy of all feasts, The Feast of San Gennaro. Here are few highlights of fairs this month.

Sept. 10. Washington Square Arch Fair
Washington Sq. N. from 5th ave. – University PL. |10am-6PM

A wide range of arts and crafts, commercial merchandise, handmade goods, antiques, collectibles, and much more in all price ranges. Also enjoy delicious food, music, and fun activities. Free admission. Get details.

Sept. 11. Sixth Avenue Merchandise Fair

6th Avenue from 14th – 23rd St. | 10am-6PM

Experience the 50+ Authentic food booths, Browse the 300+ merchandise booths that sell a huge variety of goods that range from handmade metal statues to African baskets to the year’s hottest trends in jewelry & fashion accessories and much more. Bring the dog along too! Get the details.

Sept 15 –25. The Feast of San Gennaro

Mulberry Street between Canal St. & Houston St.

The Italian Feast of all feats. Get the details.

Sept. 17 -18. Japanese Food Festival

@ Chelsea 8th Ave 15-16th st, 9/18 @ Chelsea 6th Ave 24-25th st

Are you ready for the Hottest Japanese Soul food made with flour?? Konamon Contest is coming back for the first time in three years.  This time, we have a special vendor coming from Osaka, Japan  Savory Takoyaki, Yakisoba, and Okonomiyaki by skilled chefs join to serve you the happiness of the bites.  Try every delicious item and vote for the greatest one  Get the details.

Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Curtain Up Broadway

Times Square

Curtain Up Broadway Festival will bring Broadway to the streets of New York City in Times Square on Broadway stretching between 45th and 48th Streets. Over fifteen unique events will take place on stages in Duffy Square (7th Ave. & 46th St.) and on Broadway between 45 th and 48th Streets. All interactive events and performances are live, free, and open to the public. This is the second year that Prudential is the title sponsor of Curtain Up in Times Square and is proud to be a rock of support for the Broadway community. Get details.

Opens Sept. 16. Museum of the City of New York “Food in New York: Bigger Than the Plate”

Mary Mattingly, Biosphere, 2015. Courtesy of Mary Mattingly, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de la Habana.

This in indoor/outdoor exhibition explores how and what New Yorkers eat and why it matters. Behind every tempting package of processed food at the corner bodega; every carton of fresh berries from a street cart; and every enticing restaurant meal lies an intricate, massive, and changing network of relationships.

The Museum of the City of New York’s new exhibition, Food in New York: Bigger Than the Plate examines the powerful connections between New Yorkers–and countless others across the globe–fostered by food. The exhibition, which originated at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, now adapted to focus on eating and food systems in the Big Apple, Food in New York: Bigger Than the Plate is anchored around issues of sustainability and resiliency, labor justice, and equitable access to food. Opening September 16th, the indoor/outdoor show marks the first time that the Museum’s back terrace will be utilized as exhibition space.  Get more details.  


Broadway Babe’s YouTube Picks

Our Broadway Babe, Randie Levine-Miller, has unearthed some truly nostalgic performances including Donna McKechnie’s first club act (pictured above with Randie); a Broadway themed concert with Brian Stokes Mitchell; Kitty Carlisle Hart at almost 90 ; and a TV show with Sid Caesar, from 1957! Enjoy some of these gems. GET THE DETAILS.

A Unique Theater Experience

Attention all Tennessee Williams fans, “Merciful Delusions: 4-One Act Plays by Tennessee Williams,” four rarely produced plays by Tennessee Williams, will be brought to the Off-Broadway stage in Times Square at Theatre Row from November 2nd to 12th, 2022. Get your tickets now.

Roving with the Icon Series

The artist Tom Fruin has had many sculptures exhibited around Manhattan and Brooklyn, most notably The Icon Series, and our roving photographer, Nicole Freezer Rubens has captured them.

She writes: These are house like structures inspired by iconic water towers. In From Sea To Shining Sea, on view all summer at The South Street Seaport waterfront, Kolonihavehus, his original work in the series from 2010, and Hi 5 Taxi Cab the most recent, glowed colorfully all summer bookending his presence in the New York City landscape. Viewers could step inside the structures which looked different at different times of the day and in different weather. I find his work very inviting and I feel like I’ve stepped inside a new kaleidoscope every time. These two houses have come down but two other classic Tom Fruins remain to be seen in Brooklyn Bridge Park and in Dumbo. Please look for an illuminated sparkling colorful water tower on the rooftop as you drive on the BQE!  Nicole is the author of The Long Pause and the Short Breath.  Follow her on Instagram@nfrconsult.



  • 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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