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Cold Snap, Mocktail Tips + HK This Week

Good morning and welcome to the weekend. We woke up to a National Weather Service advisory about north winds of 15-20mph giving wind chill down to…

Farewell Dolly + Landmarking Roosevelt Hotel

Happy Thursday. We’re looking forward to stepping out into a mild winter’s day after we press send on this newsletter. No windchill today and there’s even…

Restaurant Week, 692 Clocks + Comedy Notice

Good morning and a warm welcome to a chilly Wednesday. There’s a small chance that the temperature could head near 40 degrees at around 3pm this…

Cold Week, Hot Wings + Mandarin Sells

Happy Monday. There is no snow forecast this week, but it’s going to be a cold one. Lows around 15 degrees and the warmest weather we…


West side stories

Stacey Weingarten Reveals Why Hell’s Kitchen is Right Up Her (Sesame) Street

Puppet wrangler Stacey Weingarten is — literally — one of the people behind Elmo and Big Bird, but the pandemic has seen her spread her wings by writing, producing and directing a new family musical about her rescue pup, Rue. Here’s Stacey’s West Side Story. So, what’s your New York story? Born here, or just…

Kevin Lustik Threads Art With Yarn, Beads, Buttons, Needles — and Wit

Kevin Lustik spends his days rushing to meet tight deadlines at a large New York law firm. When he gets home he slows down with needlework. “I love the repetition of this work. Pull the needle up through the canvas, then back down through the canvas, up then down, up then down. It’s soothing. I…


Signature Theatre Campaigns for “Jim Houghton Way” on W42nd St

Signature Theatre is pushing to honor its founder by campaigning to rename the block of W42nd Street between Dyer and 10th Avenue “Jim Houghton Way”. Houghton, who founded the repertory theater in 1991 as a venue for showcasing the work of playwrights in residence, died in 2016 after a two-year battle with stomach cancer.  Signature…

The Big Draw of Hell’s Kitchen Businesses is Captured by Illustrator Joel Holland

Hell’s Kitchen locals may spot more than a few familiar favorites in the latest release of NYC illustrations from artist Joel Holland. Longo Bros, Holland Bar, Capizzi Pizza, Esposito Meat Market, Tavola, Stiles Farmers Market, Sea Breeze Fish Market and International Grocery are all featured in the artist’s recent set of intricately detailed storefront drawings.…

Cipriani’s Latest Venture — Musica NYC — Delays its Opening to Mid-January

Club Musica, a new dance hall in Hell’s Kitchen on West 50th and the West Side Highway, has delayed its opening following the recent surge in COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant.  A part of the continued commercial expansion of Hell’s Kitchen’s west side, the new project from hospitality giant Cipriani was originally slated…

New York Pedal Power! Why 2021 was the Year of the Citi Bike

Reluctant to return to the highs and lows of riding the MTA, in 2021 many New Yorkers looking for socially distant transportation options found new peace of mind (and physical fitness) in Citi Bike, the boroughs-wide program offering short-term rental bicycles conveniently parked around town.  In a look back over the past 12 months, Citi…

8th Ave’s Latitude Bar and Grill Latest Hell’s Kitchen Pandemic Closure

New York’s latest phase of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought another casualty as longtime 8th Avenue watering hole Latitude Bar and Grill announced its closure this afternoon. In a post on Latitude Bar’s Instagram page, owner Tom Murphy made the closure announcement, thanking customers for their 16 years of patronage. “Unfortunately, due to the devastation…

Hugh Jackman “Humbled by the Courage, the Brilliance, the Dedication, the Talent” of Broadway’s Swings and Understudies

Following Broadway League President Charlotte St Martin’s comments about the value of understudy, standby, and swing performers, the theater community has rallied around their own to show their appreciation for the hardest working actors in the business. In a perfectly timed demonstration of the crucial need for understudies, Broadway swing Kathy Voytko was called to…

W42ST’s Review of 2021 — in Words and Pictures

As we say farewell to 2021, here’s our review of the year in the stories and pictures we’ve published. There’s not enough space to include everything, but we hope this gives the essence of what’s been happening in Hell’s Kitchen in the past 12 months. Here’s to a happy 2022! JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL MAY…

Subway Service Delays Feared as Omicron Hits the Express Track

The latest COVID-19 surge has delivered another blow to the MTA workforce, with a growing number of positive tests among transit employees threatening to chip away at subway and bus service. Jose Martinez, THE CITY – with additional reporting by Katie Honan. This article was originally published on Dec 22 at 9:07pm EST by THE…

Staten Island Ferry Takes the Snowbird Route — from Florida!

Floridians couldn’t believe their eyes when a Staten Island Ferry was spotted off their shores. Was it lost? Was it snowbirding? Maybe taking the Orange State title a little too literally? The real reason for the ferry’s detour is slightly less cheeky — several new SI Ferry ships, built in Port St Joe, Florida by…

Here’s How to Wrap Up That Last-Minute Gift Buying Without Leaving the Neighborhood

Somehow, some way — we’ve made it to the end of 2021! In a year that felt simultaneously lightning-fast and (at times) excruciatingly slow, we’ve arrived at another holiday gift-giving season. Despite the uncertainty of the current moment, there is still plenty of reason for joy, and the simple act of gifting your friends and…

Hell’s Kitchen Positive Tests Surge Over 550% — Latest City Data

Hell’s Kitchen’s COVID-19 infection rate is trending up with an exponential curve as positive cases in the neighborhood increased by 578% since this time in November, according to city data released this afternoon. Hell’s Kitchen COVID-19 cases from Sep-Dec 2021 The trend tracks the rest of the 5 boroughs and Manhattan. However, in Zipcode 10036 the…

2-0-2-2 Has Arrived in Times Square — Roll Up For a Socially Distanced Selfie

2022 rolled into Times Square this morning — on the back of an all-electric Kia EV6, after a coast-to-coast tour of the United States. The giant, seven-foot-tall numerals for “2022” arrived in Times Square Plaza between W46/47th Streets just 11 days before the planned New Year’s celebrations. However, this might be your big chance to…

New MTA Express Bus Rollout Tripped Up by Leg-Room Gripes

Complaints from cramped commuters about the newest express buses on city streets have caused the MTA to pump the brakes on their rollout, THE CITY has learned. Jose Martinez, THE CITY This article was originally published on Dec 19 at 7:35pm EST by THE CITY Complaints from cramped commuters about the newest express buses on…

A Year in Focus — 2021 in New York Through the Lens of Gary Hershorn

Ten years ago this summer, Gary Hershorn was working as a news photographer documenting the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. “It was a summer filled with walking up and down the Hudson River in New Jersey, chasing the light, attempting to show off a New York City that was finally getting back to being…

De Blasio Shut Down 20 City-Run COVID Testing Facilities Ahead of Omicron Surge

Lines are long and tempers short as New Yorkers queue up — some for hours — to receive COVID tests as infections surge, fueled by highly contagious variants.  Claudia Irizarry Aponte, Will Welch, and Eileen Grench, THE CITY This article was originally published on Dec 16 at 7:24pm EST by THE CITY One reason for…

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