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Run for Rogosin and SNL Lottery Opens

Happy Saturday! We hope you’ve had a great week and are staying cool where you can! The Run for Rogosin is BACK! The 13th annual fundraiser…

Amy’s Bread at 30 + Phil at 60

Happy Saturday! If you see the John J Harvey Fireboat at the end of W42nd Street spurting water into the air around 12:30 today, you will…

New Port Authority + Spotted Lanternflies

Good morning and happy Friday. We’re continuing with the sweltering heat today and nighttime conditions in the City are expected to be unusually warm. Some evening…

Goodbye, 412 + The House Race

Good morning and happy Thursday. A Heat Advisory is in effect for New York City from 11am today through to 8pm tomorrow evening. The intense heat…

Stop the HK Split + West Side Bike Lanes

Happy Wednesday. We’ve got sunshine, we’ve got blue skies… Make the most of today as the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Thursday…

Emmy’s Pizza + Times Square Jungle

Happy Tuesday. Say good morning to the sunshine and prepare to be a little hot out there today as the humidity returns. No longer just a…


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Asylum Seekers Arrive at Port Authority: Advocates Demand Action from Adams Administration as Mayor Calls on Feds for Funds

Several busloads of asylum-seeking migrants arrived at Port Authority over the weekend, prompting the Adams administration to call for financial help from the federal government, and housing advocates to demand a more detailed accountability from the city. The buses were directed to New York by Texas Governor Greg Abbott as part of his ongoing feud…

Inside RISENY — the Secret Museum and Amusement Park Ride Hiding in Times Square

Tasked with playing  “New York City Ambassador” for friends and family? Need to duck inside during one of New York’s sweeping summer rainstorms? Embarrassed to admit that you live here and know very little about the Big Apple? Head to RISENY, Midtown’s newest multimedia, interactive museum, featuring a curated tour through the city’s history —…

“Outdated, Undersized, 70-Year-Old” Port Authority to Become a World Class Designed Bus Terminal

Port Authority pigeons, beware! Hoping to rehabilitate “The Single Worst Place on Earth,” officials gathered Thursday to announce plans for a brand-new, sustainable Midtown Bus Terminal built to “21st century standards” by the teams behind world-renowned office buildings and the Javits Center expansion.  Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey…

Congressional Primary Race Pitches Past and Present, East and West Side — Will Hell’s Kitchen Voters Decide?

As the newly-rendered 12th Congressional District’s contentious primary draws near and polls tighten, will reports of voter registration nightmares, a potentially absentee Hamptons-bound voter base and Upper East vs Upper West battles bring the focus on the voters of Hell’s Kitchen?  The battle between longstanding representatives Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney — senior Democratic allies turned…

Pols Plan to Take a Lane From Drivers on West Side Highway for Bike Path

Hoping to clear heavy bicycle, pedestrian and e-bike congestion on New York’s busiest greenway, Borough President Mark Levine and local officials are proposing an expanded, protected bike lane on the West Side Highway — converted from a lane of traffic.  In a press conference Tuesday, Levine was joined by City Council Members Erik Bottcher and…

Hell’s Kitchen has Lost an Outdoor Dining Shed — but Regained a Mural

The battle for and against outdoor dining structures rages on. This weekend it was reported that opponents of the “COVID sheds” were heading to the Supreme Court to get them taken down. On 10th Avenue, one wrap-around structure was demolished this Sunday afternoon — revealing a much-loved Hell’s Kitchen mural. Sesamo, on the corner of…

Hell’s Kitchen Pups Set Sail on The Hudson for a Pawsitively Perfect Cruise

The Circle Line set sail this morning on its inaugural Pawsitively Perfect Pup Cruise with a deck packed with Hell’s Kitchen hounds and their owners. W42ST readers were on board and shared their pictures with us for this photo gallery. The cruise set sail for an hour-long tour with West Side views of the Hudson Yards, One…

“We’re Lathering Up to Shave New York’s 5 O’Clock Shadow of Trash Bags” — DSNY Has Plans to Shut Down the Rat Club

In a bid to combat the rise of record-setting rat sightings, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is floating a proposal to curb the seemingly never-ending presence of odorous trash bags on New York’s sidewalks with a new rule that would shift trash take-out to 8pm.  “Rush hour shouldn’t be trash hour,” DSNY spokesperson Joshua Goodman…

Historic Hudson Hotel Sold to Developers for Coliving Space

As the fate of Hell’s Kitchen’s shuttered hotels slowly comes into focus, the vacant Hudson Hotel on W58th Street and 9th Avenue is slated to be converted into shared space housing by developer CSC Coliving.  According to Crain’s, in early 2022 the firm purchased the 24-story hotel, which closed during the pandemic, for $207 million…

Be Carefree on Car-Free Blocks as New York’s Summer Streets Return This August

Who needs traffic signals when car-free Summer Streets return to New York this August? It’s a chance to step out and enjoy over eight miles of pedestrian-friendly city blocks, pedal away on select free Citi Bikes and sample plentiful public events on some of the warmest weekends of the year. In a two-mile expansion from…

Italian Impostor: La Vela Restaurant Battles Copycat Eatery Two Blocks Away

Imitation is not the greatest form of flattery for La Vela Dining & Bar owner Antonio Mauro, as the veteran restauranteur battles customer confusion and encroachment from a nearby competitor with a near-identical name. “It could ruin my business,” said Mauro, who has operated the popular Neapolitan eatery on 11th Avenue between W42nd and W43rd…

“You Can’t Say, ‘Let’s House Our Homeless, Get the Homeless Off the Street — but Just Don’t Put Them on My Street’” Mayor Adams Announces $8m Assistance Fund

Looking to address the urgent need for permanent, supportive housing in Midtown and beyond, Mayor Eric Adams, homeless outreach nonprofit Breaking Ground and the Partnership for New York City — a collection of over 60 Big Apple-based corporations — announced the launch of the Homeless Assistance Fund this morning. The fund is a public-private initiative…

Central Park Boathouse Will Close This Fall

After a series of pandemic fits and starts, the legendary Central Park Boathouse restaurant will close this fall, citing financial instability.  The Loeb Boathouse, adjacent to the Eastern side of Central Park Lake, will shutter its doors this October. The eatery had previously closed from October 2020 to March 2021. Originally opened as a restaurant…

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