NYC Life: The Outer Boroughs, Fall Adventures, Jewelry Trunk Show

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Newsflash! You don’t need a passport to go to Staten Island. Three of our favorite Manhattan Tomatoes recently visited Snug Harbor. And our roving photographer is in colorful Williamsburg and Gowanus (see photo above.)There’s a fabulous FREE online wellness event happening right now. And don’t miss the fabulous jewelry trunk show next week. Our sold-out Tomatoes Got Talent show can be watched live online. And Tennessee Williams is coming to Theatre Row. Autumn in New York is fabulous!

Right Now! A Fabulous Free Wellness Online Event

Karen Ballou, founder of Immunocologie Skincare, is hosting a World Wellness Weekend that is happening right now, through tomorrow, Sunday Sept. 18. You’ll hear from top experts in the health and wellness field, including fitness motivator Sona Satra, stress management expert, Brett Cotter, and Feng Shui expert Debra Dunier. Even if you just pop in for an hour, it could make a difference in your health and wellness. SIGN UP NOW FOR FREE.

Sept. 21. Attention Jewelry Lovers

Fashion designer Gabrielle Carlson is hosting two of our favorite jewelry designers, Laura Kass and Amy Kanarek, at her Lexington Avenue boutique. Meet all three of the designers and some other fab Tomatoes too.

Tennessee Williams is Coming to Theatre Row

The cast of Merciful Delusions: 4 one act plays by Tennessee Williams is now in rehearsals for the November run on Theatre Row. Produced by Nicole Gut and directed by Tony nominated Lorraine Serabian, with a wonderful cast of up and coming Broadway stars, these rarely produced plays will delight TW fans everywhere. Book your tickets for the run at Theatre Row November 2-12 today!

Streaming Tickets Now On Sale for Tomatoes Got Talent

This is our 8th year of Tomatoes Got Talent. We have 12 contestants who will delight and amaze you with their talent, plus surprise guests. And Broadway Babe, Randie Levine-Miller will host and perform too! The live event is SOLD OUT, but streaming tickets are available.

Check Out Snug Harbor

Three of my favorite Tomatoes, Judy Davis,  Judy Stewart, and Sandi Durell, spent an easy and delightful day in the borough no one thinks to go to.  The free ferry (that carries 4000 people at once) offers the best view of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.

Ten minutes by bus or Uber once you disembark, will find you in the beautiful gardens at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens, which is also free.

And for a tiny fee, you can tour the very beautiful Chinese Scholar’s Garden. They report that there are many charming buildings, museums, and art galleries.  Before boarding the ferry home, they had a delicious lobster dinner at the ferry pier overlooking the skyline.

Sailors’ Snug Harbor, also known as Sailors Snug Harbor and informally as Snug Harbor, is a collection of architecturally significant 19th-century buildings on Staten Island, New York City. The buildings are set in an 83-acre park along the Kill Van Kull in New Brighton, on the North Shore of Staten Island. (Wikepedia.)

Roving in Brooklyn

Our roving photographer, Nicole Freezer Rubens, writes:

People think of New York City as drab, 50 shades of gray and dirty, but I see a surprising kaleidoscope of refreshing colors all around. Walking through Gowanus and Williamsburg Brooklyn, the uplifting eye-catching bright graffiti stops me in my tracks at every turn.

Both areas are a mix of combined characteristics; multi-cultures, industry and residential, old and gentrified, filling the avenues with a distinct vitality. The painted surprises add vibrancy and energy to the otherwise gritty streets. To me the building walls are canvases and the sidewalks become museums. Strolling through these neighborhoods is a great way to see some unique site-specific art in the fresh open air. Graffiti itself has morphed from an unwelcome crime to a cultural draw for tourists. It’s all part of our fascinating urban revolution. Nicole is the author of The Long Pause and the Short Breath.  Follow her on Instagram@nfrconsult.



  • 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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