NYC Life: Summer Fun and Fall Events Heads Up

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Summer is winding down, so let’s enjoy these final days. But right around the corner is Fall and we have the heads up on two events: Tomatoes Got Talent show on October 11 and the Cabaret Convention Oct. 17-19. Valerie Smaldone has the scoop on The Italian Chicks who are back with a fun evening of storytelling, comedy and song. Guess where our roving photographer is? And there’s a Gilded Age mansion or sale, US Open fever, $4.00 movie tickets, FREE opera and more. See highlights below.

Who Are the Next 12 Tomatoes Got Talent Contestants?

On October 11, we will On October 11, we will present our 9th Tomatoes Got Talent show, but this year’s has a twist! Randie Levine Miller, Cheryl Benton, and Roni Jenkins have selected 12 incredible performers from our past eight years of shows, who did NOT win the show, but were all winners in our book. We will announce them in an e-blast this coming Wednesday August 30, and tickets will be on sale that day too.

Sunday Aug. 27. $4 Movies this Weekend

It’s National Cinema Day— Every movie lover’s favorite holiday, and over 3,000 movie theaters are offering $4.00 tickets to celebrate moving going. And several of the theaters are offering $4.00 popcorn and small soda combo too. Now that’s. So if you haven’t seen Barbie or Oppenheimer, here’s your chance.  Check out this list of NYC theaters with this offer.

August 25–September 4. MET Opera’s FREE Summer Festival

The Met’s 14th free Summer HD Festival features ten thrilling performances from the company’s Live in HD series of cinema transmissions—plus a special screening of the fan favorite Moonstruck, co-presented with Film at Lincoln Center.

The showings run from August 25 to September 4, with more than 2,500 seats set up in front of the opera house each night, as well as additional standing room in designated areas around Lincoln Center Plaza. Seating is general admission on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance tickets or reservations are required. GET THE FULL SCHEDULE.

Roving at the Apple Store

Nicole Freezer Rubens was roving at the Apple flagship store on Fifth Avenue:

All of the Apple stores in keeping with their brand, honor great design, but the New York flagship in the iconic General Motors Building on Fifth Avenue is the apple of my eye.

Originally designed in 2006 and recently redesigned in 2019 by the award winning architectural firm Bohlin Cynwinski Jackson, this spectacular basement level store features many unique masterpieces. It has high ceilings adorned with a plethora of natural light shining through 62 skylights. All of this light is repeatedly reflected on the multitude of shiny surfaces. The magical stainless steel staircase is comprised of 43 cantilevered steps floating in a glass tube, commingling with the cylindrical elevator. The most visible feature is the street level self supporting glass cube through which all must enter into the magical world of groundbreaking design and technology that has simply changed the world.

I am forever grateful for the Apple iPhone. For the last 15 years I’ve learned to use the phone camera that is always with me, helping me document and share all that I see. I certainly appreciate the “full circle” concept of photographing the Apple Store, on my phone!

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

A Gilded Age Mansion Can Be Yours for $65 Million

6 Sq Ft reports that this UES mansion is among a handful of the most expensive townhouses to ever be listed in New York City.  It was commissioned by James E. Nichols in 1898, in the era know as the “Gilded Age” in NYC. It was originally designed by renowned architect C.P.H. Gilbert, who was known for the chateau-inspired buildings that rose along the city’s “gold coast” during the same period. Check out the incredible photos and you’ll be transported back to another era.

The six-story home with over 15,000 square feet of interior space offers an opportunity for living and entertaining befitting a new era of opulence, including two elevators, a professional-grade catering kitchen, a security office, a wine cellar and reception room, a grand center stair hall, and a top-floor skylit gym. Read the story and view more photos at 6 Sq Ft.

Tennis Courts at Rockefeller Center

Photograph: courtesy of Tishman Speyer

If you can’t get to the US Open, hop over to Rock Center which is celebrating the US Open with tennis courts. You can book to play, or just watch others, including some surprise tennis stars too. Get the details.



  • 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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