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Millions for West Side + Weekend Shooting

Happy Tuesday. We hope you had a wonderful July 4th weekend. This week is looking like a mixed bag of weather with showers and humidity mixed…

Rainbow Suit Emmett + HK This Week

Happy Saturday and welcome to July 4th weekend. It looks like we’ll be having a little shower this morning and some sporadic deluges from the afternoon…

Cheap Beer by the Gallon + Hot Rents

Happy Friday and welcome to July! It’s going to feel like summer today and that’s going to continue through the weekend. Expect to have to dodge…

25 Years of Kashkaval + Super Swings

Happy Thursday. The temperature is being turned up as the week goes on. We will head into the mid-80s this afternoon and the humidity is creeping…

Primary Winner + Cruise Brawl

Happy Wednesday. It’s going to be a lovely summer’s day with a light breeze and temperatures rising to the mid-80s. Have fun in the sun… We…


West side stories

“Angels in America” and a Letter Opened Up a New World for Todd Sears

It’s now a global LGBTQIA+ diversity firm, but the seeds for Out Leadership were sown on a night at the theater more than 25 years ago. Its CEO and founder, Hell’s Kitchen resident Todd Sears, recalls the moment that changed the course of his life – and shares his West Side Story. A trip to…

Artist Dana Nehdaran’s Brush with COVID Led to Portrait Painting Passion

Dana Nehdaran is an Iranian Jewish artist living in Hell’s Kitchen. In March 2021, he got COVID and 15 days later had a stroke. As a result, he lost a quarter of his vision. After three days in hospital, his neurologist asked him to not do anything strenuous for three months while he recovered. During this time Dana painted…


Hell’s Kitchen Needs Housing, Not Objections or Delays

Op-Ed by Jeremiah Johnson.Jeremiah Johnson is the director of the Center for New Liberalism, a housing advocate, and a Hell’s Kitchen resident for 10 years. Next month, the City Council will vote on approving new housing in Hell’s Kitchen. At issue is a planned housing development on MTA land in Hell’s Kitchen called The Lirio.…

Luxury Building Lyra Opens Apartment Lottery in Hudson Yards and Hell’s Kitchen

Sweating the latest rent hike approval? Another luxury building on the border of Hudson Yards and Hell’s Kitchen has just hit the housing lottery market. Let’s step inside the brand-new apartments and abundant amenities of the Lyra.  The sky-high, 52-story building is located at 555 W38th Street (and 11th Avenue), next to the Javits Center and…

New York Rent Guidelines Board 3.5% Hike Is Biggest in Nearly a Decade

A sharply divided Rent Guidelines Board voted to increase rents for the city’s nearly 1 million rent regulated apartments by 3.25% in the coming year in a decision that satisfied neither tenants nor landlords. Greg David and Rachel Holliday Smith, The City This article was originally published on Jun 21 10:17pm EDT by THE CITY…

Cappuccinos and Computers — New Hell’s Kitchen Coffee Shop Serves the Community with a Tech-Minded Mission

New Yorkers searching for charming caffeination and community contribution needn’t look further than W57th Street and 10th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen — where a brand-new coffee shop and computer donation site serves to support children. The Loyalty Foundation, a not-for-profit charity dedicated to providing underserved communities with technical equipment and educational programming, and Don Café,…

Follow the Rainbow — Hell’s Kitchen PRIDE LGBTQIA+ Gay Bar Guide

Hell’s Kitchen is right at the center of New York’s Gay scene, and its community makes sure that PRIDE is way more than just a passing holiday. But after two years of lockdowns, masks, Zoom calls, and COVID, it’s time to support queer-owned and LGBTQIA+-focused bars and restaurants in the neighborhood in person! Here are…

As it Rises and Rises, Gwyneth Leech Paints The City That’s Never Finished

If New York’s buildings are living, breathing, creatures, then artist Gwyneth Leech’s Liminal New York  — now open at the Foley Gallery presented by Garvey | Simon Projects — captures the Big Apple’s skyscrapers moment-by-moment as they grow into the steel and chrome titans of tomorrow.   “My paintings are all about the process,” said Leech…

Skyline Hotel to Become Shelter for Homeless Families This Weekend

The Skyline Hotel — sitting vacant on 10th Avenue after several attempts to provide shelter for New Yorkers — will welcome families with young children to its Hell’s Kitchen rooms this weekend.  The move was flagged not by a formal announcement to the community or in collaboration with local elected officials, but by the mass…

Fetch! Get Your Key for Astro’s Community Dog Run This Weekend

A new team of Hell’s Kitchen and Hudson Yards neighbors has come together to revamp and reopen the Astro’s Community Dog Run — touted by the New York Times as the “one of the last, best bargains in New York” — and this weekend you can see it for yourself at an open house rekey…

Weed World Candies Waylaid as Midtown Sheriff Tows Trucks

While legal weed sales have not yet come to New York, anyone who’s been to Times Square will recognize the ever-present Weed World Candies trucks lining the streets of the West Side. But the ubiquitous CBD vendors went up in smoke on Tuesday, after deputies from the NYC Sheriff’s office seized 12 trucks over past-due…

President Obama Greets ¡Americano! Dreamers in Hell’s Kitchen

Former President Barack Obama stopped by Hell’s Kitchen on the 10th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA), with the milestone marked by a roundtable between the former head of state, ¡Americano! producer and real-life inspiration Tony Valdovinos, and other Dreamers to commemorate the past decade and recommit to the road ahead. …

What You Need to Know About Monkeypox in New York

As the World Health Organization and New York City officials plan to assess Monkeypox as a potential public health emergency, Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine led a virtual community forum to address concerns from New York’s LGBTQIA+ population, while outlining the facts and clarifying misconceptions surrounding the virus.  Levine invited Wafaa El-Sadr, director at the…

How to Get to Sesame Street This Fall? Just Head to W42nd Street

Want to find sunny days and chase the clouds away? Look no further than W42nd Street, where a brand-new Sesame Street musical will open Off-Broadway this fall.  The beloved 53-year old children’s educational series will begin previews at Theater Row in Hell’s Kitchen this September, in a production promising the appearance of classic Sesame Street…

Why Won’t the City Keep its Promise to Hell’s Kitchen on Affordable Housing?

Op-Ed by Christine Gorman and Aleta LaFargue. Christine Gorman is president of the West 55th Street Block Association. Aleta LaFargue is president of the Manhattan Plaza Tenants Association. They are also both members of the Hell’s Kitchen Neighborhood Coalition, which came together during the pandemic to address health and public safety issues in the community.…

New 11th Avenue Luxury Building Opens Housing Lottery

Thanks to record lows of NYC real estate inventory and record-high Manhattan rents, many West Siders are facing increasingly steep rent hikes which can make staying in the neighborhood feel like a pipe dream. But for those anxiously looking ahead to their next lease renewal, there’s a new lottery in town — developers plan to…

Statue Pays Tribute to Playwright and Activist Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry will soon be remembered in Hell’s Kitchen with a new park — but last week Broadway legends and a who’s-who of industry greats gathered in Times Square to honor the barrier-breaking playwright and civil rights activist with a commemorative statue.  Hansberry, known as the trailblazing author of A Raisin in the Sun and…

NYPD Helicopter Sends Anxiety Levels Sky High in Hell’s Kitchen

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a — mystery??? Late Thursday evening, when many locals stayed in to watch the much-anticipated January 6 hearings, Hell’s Kitchen residents were baffled by a low-hovering NYPD helicopter over 9th and 10th Avenue. As of today, it remains a mystery, despite 24 hours of concerted investigation by your…

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