NYC Life: Renewed, Tiffany, Kusama, Dining Out and In

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Cheryl Benton interviewed Paulina Porizkova about her new book, “NO FILTER.”

On what a day! Anne Akers and I hosted our 7th Renewal Summit yesterday, and we will say unabashedly it was a huge success. A crowd favorite was our special guest, Paulina Porizkova. We’ll be doing full coverage, including videos soon! In more news, our roving photographer was on the scene at the newly re-opened Tiffany. And here are some not to be missed things to do in NYC, like the the Kusuma Exhibition, dining outdoors, and the latest Michelin Star Restaurants.

Roving in Tiffany’s New Flagship Store

Our roving photographer, Nicole Freezer Rubens has captured the essence of the new store..

After a four-year renovation, and an acquisition by LVMH, Tiffany celebrated its 186th year in business by reopening the grandest store on Fifth Avenue. The new New York flagship has been named The Landmark and it lives up to and beyond its title.

Star architect Peter Marino is responsible for the down to the smallest detail decor of this grand 10-story mecca. Every wall has a unique hand applied finish, every floor to ceiling drapery is adorned in paint or beads. The unique and iconic central stairwell is detailed in a jewel-like manner with a leather covered banister. Magnificent eye-catching artwork and fresh flowers abound.  The displays pay homage to the great Tiffany designers. Historic tidbits are scattered about from the Tiffany Diamond to a Breakfast at Tiffany room. There is clearly great thought and significance behind every choice on display.

One can dine in the Daniel Boulud restaurant, Blue Box Café, with hundreds of Tiffany boxes suspended from the ceiling.  There is truly something for everyone to enjoy in this museum quality “shopping” experience. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to pass by the door without wanting to go in for a quick fix of old world luxury remastered for the world today. GET MORE DETAILS.

Nicole Freezer Rubens is the author of poetry/photo book, “The Long Pause and the Short Breathe.” Follow her on

May 11—July 21. Kusama Exhibition

We can’t wait to visit the David Zwirner Galleries to view this exhibition of all new work by Yayoi Kusama which features new paintings, new sculptures elaborating on her signature motifs of pumpkins and flowers, and a new Infinity Mirror Room. It is one of her largest gallery exhibitions to date.
The exhibition is named after three monumental flower sculptures, each titled I Spend Each Day Embracing Flowers. Since the 1950s, Kusama has repeatedly engaged flowers and plants as motifs in her work, inspired by her fascination with the natural world.

Photograph: Courtesy of David Zwirner | Installation view, Yayoi Kusama: I Spend Each Day Embracing Flowers, David Zwirner

The flowers convey a duality, present throughout Kusama’s work, between life and death, celebration and mourning, figuration and abstraction, with each opposite simultaneously pushed to its limits.

Photograph: Courtesy of David Zwirner | Installation view, Yayoi Kusama: I Spend Each Day Embracing Flowers, David Zwirner

Three massive undulating pumpkin sculptures, each titled Aspiring to Pumpkin’s Love, the Love in My Heart, debut a new form that transfigures the organic pumpkin shapes Kusama has reimagined over several decades. While pumpkins have appeared in Kusama’s work since her early art studies in Japan in the mid-1940s, the organic form gained a central importance in her work from the 1980s onwards—notably in one of her first open-air sculptures, Pumpkin (1994), on Naoshima Island in Japan. Get the details.

Permanent Outdoor Dining in NYC

An empty outdoor restaurant during covid outbreak. Restaurants started serving meals outdoors due to pandemic dining rules.

It looks like outdoor dining is here to stay from April to November each year.  The New York City Council and Mayor Eric Adams reached a deal this week on legislation that would make the pandemic-era outdoor dining program a permanent fixture of city life. The bill is expected to be voted on by the Council next month. Get more details.

NYC’s Latest Michelin Star Restaurants

From MICHELIN Guide.  Inspectors spend all year on the road uncovering the best restaurants to recommend—and their discoveries are too good to keep secret. Whet your appetite with a sneak peek of the 2023 MICHELIN Guide New York selection featuring seventeen new additions spread across New York City.

Jupiter, the all-female led spot marrying Italian flair with Manhattan polish

The Big Apple needs no introduction and our Inspectors’ latest finds have us in love with parts of town typically associated with traffic and transit woes. Midtown marvels include Jupiter, the all-female led spot marrying Italian flair with Manhattan polish, and fellow Rockefeller Center resident Naro. Spearheaded by Junghyun and Ellia Park of Two Star Atomix and Atoboy, Naro elevates the commuter-centric hub with their elevated take on Korean. Head south and you’ll experience a United Nations of flavor—contemporary French with Asian cues from Chef Christophe Bellanca, traditional European by Chef Nate Ashton, and tasty, lo-fi Thai by Intira and Norapol Youngphitak. GET THE LIST.



  • Cheryl Benton

    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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