NYC Life: Talent Show, Italian Feast, Subways, Museums, and More

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We are so excited about this year’s Tomatoes Got Talent show, featuring 12 of our favorite past contestants (who didn’t win.) The Met has a new active learning center for children that opens today! This weekend you can take a vintage subway ride. If you love Italian festivals, head to Arthur Avenue tomorrow. The Neue Galerie, housed in one of the most magnificent mansions from the Gilded Age, just reopened. And our roving photographer was roving the High Line—the gift that keeps on giving.

Tickets Now on Sale

We are so excited about this year’s show which will feature 12 amazing performers from our past 8 years of shows who did not win, but are all winners. Our esteemed judges are Tony and Emmy winner actress Penny Fuller, and Tony winning producers Pat Addiss and Rose Caiola. Special guests are past TGT finalists, Edna Kaufmann and Susan Mack. Last year we sold out the show in one week. So get your tickets now.


The Met to Opens New Active Learning Center for Children

Looking for something to do with the kids? Check out The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newly designed 81st Street Studio, a science and art play space for children ages 3 to 11. And it’s free for kids and their caretakers. Designed by KOKO Architecture + Design, it is an interactive space that reimagines how the Museum can inspire exploration of its encyclopedic collection, amplify curiosity, and create new experiences for The Met’s youngest visitors. In honor of its opening today, September 9, there is a daylong opening festival that will feature science-based making, art activities, play, games, music, and more. GET THE DETAILS.

The High Line —The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Our roving photographer, Nicole Freezer Rubens, writes:

Originally opened in 2009, this beloved elevated park in the Meat Packing District was created on a long-abandoned New York Central Railroad site. This obsolete eyesore turned into a Cinderella story has continued to expand and offers beautifully landscaped modern green space with views west of the Hudson River and east of the busy city.

This park is populated by many rotating art exhibits. The most recent addition along the new Moynihan Connector offers a very vibrant impact. Pamela Rosenktanz’ larger than life sculpture “Old Tree” is absolutely striking in hot pink and red and will stop you in your tracks. Its tree of life reference goes so far as to have the branches resemble human blood vessels, connecting people to nature, much like the intention of the High Line project.

I love walking in this park, among the people, plantings, train track remnants, local architecture and the ever-changing art on display. This long-term project has revitalized the neighborhood, and it revitalizes me every time.

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


  • 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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