NYC Life: RIP Gael Greene, Special Events, Entertainment & Dining

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The tributes to Gael Greene are pouring in, including mine today. We have several events to enhance your health and beauty, decrease your stress, and empower you as a business leader. We have a great theater and  suggestion, and our Broadway Babe is back with her fab streaming picks. Valerie Smaldone has a fabulous suggestion for a fall outing. And our roving photographer recommends visiting The Louis Armstrong House Museum, a National Historic Landmark, located in Queens.

A Woman Who Lived Life Her Way

I had admired Gael Greene for many years, and always looked forward to her brilliantly written restaurant reviews in New York Magazine where she was a food critic for 40 years. When they let her go due to budget restraints in 2004, she along with the foodies who followed her were shocked. I was thrilled when about four year later she became a contributor to The Three Tomatoes.  That happened, like many things in my life, through serendipity. READ ON. 

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Actor-producer Nicole Gut remounts a quartet of rarely seen one-act plays by Tennessee Williams: Moony’s Kid Don’t Cry, The Lady of Larkspur Lotion, The Case of the Crushed Petunias and Hello from Bertha. Lorraine Serabian directs all four; the cast of 18 includes Gut as the title character in Bertha, a dying prostitute hoping to be rescued by a former flame. Now playing thru Nov. 12th at Theatre Row. GET YOUR TICKETS.

Nov. 10. VIP Invite to An Evening of Health and Beauty

Our health and beauty editor, Anne Akers, is extending an invite for Tomatoes to a FREE health and beauty evening including an introduction to Osteostrong, and their proven program in building bone strength and other health benefits, and featuring a  fascinating presentation by Karen Ballou, Founder of Immuncologie, who will speak on the Three Pillars of Whole Health: Where the Skin and the Body Intersect. Sign up here.

Nov 10-11. Exploring New Models of Business & Leadership

Join our friends at She Leads LIVE, a conference for powerful, driven women entrepreneurs who want a different experience, and are committed to learning, sharing and growing to create the lives and businesses they desire. We have attended their conferences in the past, and they are first rate. You’ll be treated to incredible content, expert speakers, interactive panels, and a chance to network with other women business leaders and entrepreneurs.  And there’s a 20% discount offer for Tomatoes.

Share your story, connect with someone new, spark a relationship with other attendees and speakers – all on a personal level – to build your ideal network of relationships and business connections.

Here are some of the speakers.

Get all the details here and your 20% discount.

Broadway Babe’s Finds

Our Broadway Babe, Randie Levine-Miller went on an excavating mission and came up with some gems:  Mabel Mercer and Bobby Short; Fats Domino with Jerry Lee Lewis musically partying; the final episode of “The Carol Burnett Show”; as well as a behind the scenes closeup of the late great Angela Lansbury. WATCH THE VIDEOS.

Dec. 2-4. De-stress at a Luxury Retreat in the Catskills

If you’re overwhelmed with stress and anxiety, join Brett Cotter for a life-changing experience at Honor’s Haven, a luxury retreat center 90 miles from NYC. Brett has been a speaker at several of our events. His Stress Is Gone Method is a transformational healing technique that helps you quickly release old layers of pain, trauma and tension and reclaim inner peace and freedom. And you’ll enjoy the luxury of Honor Haven surrounded by the beauty of the Catskills. Get all the details.

Roving in Louis Armstrong’s Home

The Louis Armstrong House Museum is a National Historic Landmark preserving Satchmo’s history and inspiring and supporting current day artistic projects. Our roving photographer, Nicole Freezer Rubens, was there recently, and highly recommends you visit this particularly “wonderful world.” This home represents so much more than just music and arts.

Louis and his wife Lucille lived in the house from 1943 until they each passed away in 1971 and 1983 respectively. Small tour groups are guided through the residence and given a sense of how they lived and how much they loved their working-class neighborhood of Corona, Queens.

The home remains as it was left in 1983. There are not only remnants of Louis Armstrong’s musical and cultural importance, but also of four decades of design trends. The house is filled with musical artifacts as well as objects collected while performing all over the world. The standout custom kitchen from 1970 is a unique stunner in turquoise lacquer. Louis’ orange accented office where he spent many nights listening to recordings and playing trumpet on the balcony, is filled with archives and what was once state of the art equipment.

Nicole is the author of The Long Pause and the Short Breath.  Follow her on Instagram@nfrconsult.


  • 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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