NYC LIFE: Love, Trivia Nights, Black History Month, Entertainment

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Photo: Nicole Freezer Rubens

We can’t wait to see the new Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station. Our roving photographer has captured some great photos like the one above. Valerie Smaldone has the scoop on a wonderful curated exhibit In honor of Black History Month, that celebrates black dancers drawn by the renowned caricaturist, Al Hirschfeld. And check out 10 awesome Black owned businesses. Love is in the air at the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Gardens.  One of our Tomatoes alerted us to (virtual) NYC Trivia Nights. Our Broadway Babe has cranked up the time machine. And join us for our FREE book club event this Wednesday.



Now-Feb. 14. For Love and Only For Love: Letters to New York

If you want to do something special for Valentine’s day head to the New York Botanical Garden for the world premiere of “For Love and Only for Love: Letters to New York,” an immersive choral installation by composer Pete Wyer. Explore the Native Plant Garden at your own pace and socially distanced, as prerecorded music – performed by choirs of up to 72 voices projected over 24 independent speakers – inspires reflection of love, gratitude, acceptance, and our connection with nature during the pandemic. Get the details.


Love at the Bronx Zoo

For the entire month of February, the Bronx Zoo is celebrating love. The love you feel when you make a personal connection with an amazing animal. The love their keepers feel for the thousands of animals they care for every day. And the love shared between you, your family, your friends, and your significant other during a heartwarming visit to the park. Make your reservations.


Our Roving Photographer

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Nicole Freezer Rubens is the author of “The Long P:ause and the Short Breath,” photos and poetry from NYC’s pandemic.

When you visit the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall, the brand new expansion of Pennsylvania Station, you will be surrounded by light and art. Thank you Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Architects for for putting New York on track to a bright future. 


March 9. The Ultimate (Virtual) NYC Trivia Night

If you love trivia, join the Museum of the City of New York and the Gotham Center for New York City History for virtual trivia, inspired by the city we know best. From architecture and theater to transportation and pop culture, they will put your knowledge of NYC to the test in categories spanning the city’s epic 400-year history. Hosted by the Gotham Center’s Katie Uva! A donation is requested (but not required). Register to get the zoom link.


Feb. 15. Meet the 2020 AKC Service Dog of the Year

You’re invited to a special VIP event (FREE) to learn how you can help provide specially trained service dogs for our nation’s wounded warriors. Operation Warrior Shield has joined in a partnership with Warrior Canine Connection. Guests include actress Greta Blackburn, Tony LoBianco, Laninie Kazan and others. And the star of the evening is 2020 AKC Service Dog of the Year —WCC’s Luke —and his proud Air Force Veteran Ryan Garrison.  Get details and sign up.


10 NYC Black Owned Businesses You Will Love

Thanks to Time Out for putting together this list. From wellness centers and fashion boutiques to community-oriented coffee shops, these are some awesome Black-owned businesses, like Café Con Libros a hybrid coffee shop and feminist book store. Get the list.


Now Playing: ABBA, Steve and Edyie, Liza and More

Our Broadway Babe Randie-Levine Miller takes us through the decades today with the Tomatoes time machine. Starting in the ‘60s with Steve Lawrence and Edyie Gorme, ABBA in the ‘70s, Liza Minnnelli in the 80s, and Broadway performers in 2019. Watch now.

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