NYC Life: Street Fairs, Shakespeare, Picnics, Morgan Library, Theater and More

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Our roving photographer captured last weekend’s flower power. We loved this year’s Tony Awards show, and are excited to share Sandi Durell’s Theater Pizzazz first hand story from Tonys.  Speaking of Tony nominated shows, Valerie Smaldone says Mr. Saturday Night is really a sweet story, peppered with laugh out loud comedy. It’s the season for street fairs and we have the scoop. Shakespeare in the Park is back, have a picnic and see a show at Bryant Park. There’s a fabulous exhibit at the Morgan Library. And to round out the coming week don’t miss the comic duo, Stone and Stone, and Gabrielle Carlson’s summer sale blast, happening now!

Now- June 19. Summer Blow Out Sale – 20% to 40% Off

Step into designer Gabrielle Carlson’s (pictured above) Lexington Avenue boutique and you wil discover her magic of making every woman feel beautiful. This is an awesome sale. Don’t miss it.

June 22. Our Favorite Comedy Duo at City Winery

We’re ready to let the laughs begin and can’t wait to see twin comics Stone and Stone this Wednesday night at City Winery.

Wednesday, June 22 – 7:30 | 25 11th Ave. at 15th St. – on the Hudson near “Little Island.” $20 tickets / Delicious food and drink, but no minimum spend.


June Street Fairs

It’s summer street fair time.  Whether you love them like we do, or just want to avoid those areas, we have the top street fairs this month, starting with the Bleecker Street Festival that’s happening today.

Saturday, June 18 Bleecker St Festival

Along Bleecker St. between Broadway & 6th Ave. 10 am to 6 PM

Thursday June 23ʳᵈ Fulton Mall/Metro Tech Area Fair

*Brooklyn* On Lawrence St. From Fulton – Willoughby St.

Saturday June 24ᵗʰ Turtle Bay Festival

On Lexington Avenue From 42ⁿᵈ – 54ᵗʰ St.

Friday June 24ᵗʰ Midtown East Food Fair Series

On 54ᵗʰ Street From 3ʳᵈ – Lexington Ave.

Saturday June 25ᵗʰ Hell’s Kitchen Community Summer Festival

On 8ᵗʰ Avenue From 42ⁿᵈ – 57ᵗʰ St.

Saturday, June 25 PopUp NY @ Lil West 12th st

West 12th St. between Washington St. & 9th Ave. 10 am to 6 PM

60 Years of Shakespeare in the Park

Free Shakespeare in the Park at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park is celebrating 60 years — and more than 150 productions. The beloved summer tradition returns June 21-July 17 with the intriguing political drama RICHARD III, directed by Tony nominee Robert O’Hara and featuring Danai Gurira in the title role.

And then August 10 – September 11 is a joyful musical adaptation of AS YOU LIKE IT. It features a diverse ensemble of both professional actors and community members from across New York. This ambitious work of participatory theater has been hailed as “thrilling & terrifically vital” by The New York Times.  Get the details.

Now – Sept. 18. “The Bookman’s Paradise; How J.P. Morgan’s Library Came About

One of our favorite museums is the Morgan Library and Museum. And they have a fascinating exhibit on the how the museum came to be. In 1902, the American financier and collector J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) commissioned architect Charles Follen McKim (1847–1909) of the firm McKim, Mead & White to design a freestanding library next to his home on East 36th Street in New York. Get the details. 

Bryant Park Picnic Performances

Picnic Performances are back at Bryant Park with twenty-six live and in-person music, dance, and theater events, on various evenings this summer. All performances are free to the public and designed to be enjoyed casually – no tickets required—with ample seating available and free picnic blankets to borrow. Attendees may bring their own food or purchase from on-site food and beverage vendors near the lawn. Get the performance schedule.

Flower Power

Our roving photographer Nicole Freezer Rubens captured the the second annual L.E.A.F. flower show which took place last weekend, once again sprouting from the cobblestone streets of the Meatpacking District — another sure sign of New York’s resilience. The numerous installations or sculptures made of exotic and sometimes psychedelic flowers were created by premiere New York floral designers.

Their innovative and artistic creations were whimsically beautiful and demonstrated the unimagined artistic depth of floral design. The blooming and colorful fantasyland created by a community of florists and an abundance of visitors, was a sweet smelling and uplifting success. Nicole is the author of The Long Pause and the Short Breath.  Follow her on Instagram@nfrconsult.


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    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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