NYC Life: Women’s History, Real Estate, MM, Theater, and More

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Can you guess where our roving photographer snapped this photo? Get the scoop. It’s Women’s History month and one way to celebrate our accomplishments is by visiting the Women’s Center for History at the NY Historical Society. And there’ a tour in Central Park of the “hidden women.” If you have $65 million there’s a fabulous duplex available. If you want to see Funny Girl, Valerie Smaldone says hurry to get your tickets. Cabaret legend Marilyn Maye will perform at Carnegie Hall and Sandi Durell has the scoop. The Actors’ Temple is celebrating 106 years. And our Broadway Babe shares some awesome YouTube entertainment.

We have updates to our Renewal Summit, including the addition of Emmy award winning television journalist and coach Jane Hansen, who will moderate one of our 5 panels: “What really works” when it comes to our skin, face, and hair, featuring three doctors. SIGN UP BY MARCH 30TH AND YOU WILL BE ENTERED INTO OUR DRAWING FOR A 7-10 DAY STAY AT A LUXURY ISAND RESORT. GET THE DETAILS.

We Rise

Photo: Corrado Serra

The Center for Women’s History at the NY Historical Society is the first of its kind in the nation within the walls of a major museum and unearths the lives and legacies of women who have shaped and continue to shape the American experience. We have an abbreviated version of the film, “We Rise” which is shown in full at the museum. Narrated by Meryl Streep and featuring the song “We Are Here” written and composed by Alicia Keyes.

This inspiring 17-minute film highlights some of the remarkable women whose advocacy for change had lasting effects on New York and the nation.  Here’s the abbreviated version.

Roving at the King’s Theatre

Our roving photographer, Nicole Freezer Rubens, was at the The King’s Theatre in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Here’s her story and awesome photos.

The King’s Theatre opened in 1929 as a glorious Loew’s movie palace. It was designed by architects Rapp and Rapp with interiors by Harold W. Rambusch, modeled after Versailles and The Paris Opera House. As one of Loew’s Wonder Theatres, the glory of going to a movie then included women’s and men’s smoking lounges, bars and live organ music. The grand 3,676 seat theater also showed live vaudeville acts.

In 1977 the lavish theatre closed and slowly and sadly deteriorated over decades of neglect, vandalism and flooding. The City of New York took ownership in 1979 and the movie house eventuality underwent a 3 year $95 million restoration reopening in 2015 as a venue for live performances in a state of the art facility.

The beautifully crafted detail and grandeur brings you back in time and place. Guided tours are offered occasionally with the next one on March 11th. I recently took a tour and the most interesting part for me was talking to others in the group who grew up nearby and reminisced about seeing classics such as Jaws and Gone With The Wind while sitting in the sea of red seats that are still at King’s today.

Nicole Freezer Rubens is the author of “The Long Pause and the Short Breath.” Follow her on Instagram@nfrconsult

Hidden History: Women in Central Park Tour

Courtesy Central Park

The Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument is the first monument honoring real women in Central Park. Unveiled in 2020, the bronze statue depicts, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth. Women have played an active role in Central Park’s development, and in this tour created by the Central Park Conservancy, you’ll discover the hidden history of women who influenced Central Park sites such as the Pulitzer Fountain, Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Wollman Rink, and Bethesda Terrace.

This tour will also highlight contemporary efforts to counteract the lack of representation in the public landscape and advocate for monuments for and by women—including the Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument. GET THE DETAILS.

A Tomato Can Dream

Image courtesy of Giles Ashford

6sqft has the scoop on 53W53, aka the “MoMA tower which rises above the museum. You have no doubt noticed it’s looming presence.  They featured new images of a fully furnished penthouse atop Pritzker-Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel’s at their webite, “showing off the one-of-a-kind duplex apartment’s soaring ceiling heights, expansive living spaces, and breathtaking views of Central Park and the city skyline.”

Images courtesy of Evan Joseph

It spans 8700 square feets on the 76 and 77th floors.  While this one is not on the market, the unit above it is, and can be yours for $65 million.

Read the article at 6sqft

March 27. Actors Fund Spring Fundraiser and 106th Anniversary

Support the legendary Actors’ Temple and celebrate the 106th anniversary. “HOT KLEZMER” will be a joyful evening of music, singing, dancing, and dessert. World renowned klezmer fiddler Alicia Svigals and her Trio will perform as well as some surprise guests and entertainers. The Actors’ Temple is at 339 West 47th Street, NYC. To order now, order online, call 212-245-6975,or email



  • 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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