NYC LIFE: Jazz, Art, Dining, 3T Events
Happy Galentine’s Day Tomatoes! We’re sending much love your way. Send Chinatown Love and support a Lunar New Year Food Crawl. Speaking of dining, book a cedar cabin on a NYC rooftop. And Valerie Smaldone has breaking restaurant news—the iconic Patsy’s Italian Restaurant is opening a pop-up restaurant in Asbury Park. Jazz lovers will adore this tribute to Sarah Vaughan. There’s an awesome traveling art installation in town. And we have two awesome 3T events in March—“Behind the Scenes at 60 Minutes” and an event celebrating Women’s History Month. And our friends at Next Tribe have an awesome event coming up with a special offer for Tomatoes.
Send Chinatown Love
It’s the start of the Lunar New York and you can celebrate with a New Year Food Crawl that’s happening in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. The crawl will help “support Asian-owned small businesses that have suffered due to the rise of anti-Asian sentiment. The featured vendors are offering take-out, delivery, outdoor dining and dine-in where possible. Beyond restaurants, their 29 participating vendors include gift shops as well! Get more details.
March 3. Behind the Scenes at 60 Minutes
We are going to be dishing the dish with Ira Rosen about some of the behind-the scene stories in his just released book, Ticking Clock: Behind the Scenes at 60 Minutes. IRA was Mike Wallace’s top producer. Later, as senior producer of ABC News Primetime Live and 20/20, Rosen exposes the competitive environment among famous colleagues like Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters, and the power plays between correspondents Chris Wallace, Anderson Cooper, and Chris Cuomo. The event is free but you must register.
Our Roving Photographer
Nicole Freezer Rubens is the author of “The Long P:ause and the Short Breath,” photos and poetry from NYC’s pandemic.
Chinese New Year began on Friday. This is the Year of the Ox. Let us all start fresh and celebrate in the hope of good things to come. Happy Lunar New Year from Chinatown, NYC!
Feb. 18. Divine Sass: A Tribute to the Music, Life, and Legacy of Sarah Vaughan
In honor of Black History Month, Flushing Town Hall presents Tony Award-winning actress and vocalist Lillias White, in a tribute to the great Sarah Vaughn. White, who performed in Dream Girls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and South Pacific will highlight the music and struggles of the African American Jazz Artist Sarah Vaughan, a pivotal figure in the formation of Be-Bop who has influenced generations of vocalists with her unique style of expression and melodic phrasing. The program will stream FREE on YouTube. Get details and the link to watch.
Feb. 23. A Celebration of The Power and Creativity Of Women Over 45
Our friends at Next Tribe have a great event coming up and a fab lineup of speakers. Plus, music, dancing, vendors—all virtually! They are offering Tomatoes a special discount. Use code 3TOMATOES15 they can get tickets for just $15 each. Get details here.
An Awesome Public Art Project
Brooklyn artist Swoon has created an amazing traveling art installation, “The House Our Families Built,” that is one of three public art projects presented by PBS American Portrait. Traveling around NYC, the 14-foot box truck has been transformed into a diorama-style outdoor sculpture that is a stage for both visual and performance art. It will make stops in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Prospect Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and Union Square. Learn more.
Dining in a Cabin
Now this is cool. The Arlo Hotel in SoHo has a beautiful rooftop and now has cedar winter cabins that can be booked for brunch or dinner with Harold’s seasonal fare, like Truffle Pizza and a Hot Toddy. So grab your pod people (4-10 people) and head out for an unusual experience. Get the details.
Women who make history have always been thought of as a little “crazy.” “Hysteria” and “crazy” has been applied to women for centuries. Arianna Huffington was told The Huffington Post was a “crazy” idea. Katalin Kariko was told her research of mRNA was a “crazy” dead end and now it’s the substance that made the first COVID-19 vaccines possible. Let’s make crazy less crazy! Get the details.