NYC Life: The Summit, Countdown, Fall Escapes, Events Around Town

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There’s a new observation deck in town, and it’s at the top of One Vanderbilt offering spectacular views and a thrilling experience. Valerie Smaldone suggest is you’re looking for a fall weekend escape, head to New Milford, Connecticut, a charming town and this weekend is their film festival. Our roving photographer takes us to Astoria, Queens, settled in the 17th century and a great example of America’s melting pot. Our talent show is just around the corner, and we’re now offering LIVE event and live streaming tickets too. Check out more events happening around out great city including the Global Citizens Concert today in Central Park.

Oct. 4. Live Venue and Streaming Tickets Available

We are so excited that after 18 long months our 7th Tomatoes Got Talent Show will now take place on Monday October 4th, at the Triad Theater in New York City. But wait…if you can’t get to New York City you can buy a streaming ticket and watch the show LIVE on ZOOM. But nothing beats a LIVE in person show and the excitement and electricity in the room. GET THE DETAILS.

Today. The Global Citizen Festival at Central Park

The Global Citizen Festival brings together top artists, including Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello, Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo, Meek Mill, Shawn Mendes, world leaders, and everyday activists to take action to end poverty.  You might even run into Prince Harry and Meghan. Tickets are free for Global Citizens who take a series of actions to create lasting change around the world.

The festival takes place in Central Park on the Great Lawn The concert is free, as long as you get involved with the Global Citizen app, but there are also VIP Ticket Experiences available for sale. Get the details.

The Summit at One Vanderbilt

`If you’re looking for sky high views of NYC, there’s The Empire State Building, One World Observatory, The Edge, and now…the Summit at the top of One Vanderbilt. Opening in October, it’s not for the faint of heart when it comes to heights. The Summit is a 1,000+ square foot observation deck where visitors stand on completely transparent glass 1,063 feet above Madison Avenue. To get there, visitors travel up on a glass outside elevator.

Other sky-high attractions include  transcendence, an euphoric multisensory experience which is the first chapter of air, an art installation conceived by kenzo digital, a multisensory experience challenges one’s perception of space and immerses the guest within the fabric of the skyline. Tickets are now available.

Astoria, Queens

Our roving photographer, Nicole Freezer Rubens, author of The Long Pause and the Short Breath, takes us to Astoria, Queens todday. Here’s what she says:

Recently I took a 4 minute ferry ride from the Upper East Side to Astoria, Queens. Astoria was settled in the 17th Century and is a great example of America’s melting pot, currently with a high population of Greeks.

Whenever I get to Astoria I try to dine at my favorite authentic Greek restaurant Agnanti. I like to walk through Astoria Park which is on the East River and has the largest pool in New York City. The neighborhood is home to many museums including the Museum of the Moving Image, Moma, the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum and the outdoor Socrates Sculpture Park which is right next to the ferry stop.

My best-loved part of Astoria during my last visit was seeing all of the cheerful and colorful graffiti, reflecting the tone of the diverse community.

Sept. 26-Oct. 4. Brooklyn Brook Festival

Time Out says: This annual literary celebration brings together 140-plus spectacular writers from across the globe for a full week of talks, shopping and even yoga to satisfy the borough’s brainiacs. Bookend events will be taking place all week, including a celebration of childhood reading at its Children’s Day (October 2. Don’t miss the Literary Marketplace (Sunday, October 3), or its virtual Festival in the evenings until 11pm. Get the details.

‘til Nov. 4. Andy Warhol Exhibit at the National Arts Club

The historic National Arts Club in Gramercy, has a wonderful new art exhibit, “Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop Works from the Bank of America Collection.” This installation features his forty-year span of work in the art of photographic silkscreen printmaking.

While many of the works were made in the 1970s and 1980s, their subject matter—iconic people, trends and issues—reflects Warhol’s decades-long process of mirroring popular American culture. Warhol transforms photographic imagery, from the rather mundane still lifes of fruits to portraits of comic characters and endangered species, through color, design, form and multiples. Due to the infinite possibilities of printmaking, Warhol’s portfolios contain a vast array of techniques, ranging from collage and drawing to the use of diamond dust and color variation. The exhibit is open to the public, but you must get timed tickets.



  • 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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