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Biting into Big Apple Street Art with The Shadowman

The streets of New York are always in constant flux — and so is the art. Over at Hudson Yards, the cows have made way for extravagant flower displays and a 4,766 pound gorilla has swapped places with a Big Apple. Also, mysteriously, a Shadowman has appeared on W37th Street… This week, the team at…

Pokémon Celebrates 25 Years with J Balvin and a Trip to Hell’s Kitchen

Global superstar and “Prince of Reggaeton” J Balvin was in the neighborhood to record his latest music video with a cast of Pokémon characters. The video, released last night, shows Balvin on location around Hell’s Kitchen and Times Square. The single Ten Cuidado is featured on the newly-released Pokémon 25: The Album. Other artists contributing…

Idea Floated for West Side Supertall Skyscraper Built by All Black Team

Black developers, architects, builders and financiers have formed a dream team to develop a supertall skyscraper alongside Hudson Yards and the Javits Center. Architect David Adjaye, developer Don Peebles, construction boss Cheryl McKissack and executives from Exact Capital Group have submitted a proposal for a 1,500-foot tower at 418 11th Avenue. The 1.2-acre site is…

The Best Pumpkin Treats in Hell’s Kitchen Fall into Place

It’s officially October, which means one thing… Pumpkin Season! We asked readers where to get a pumpkin fix in the neighborhood this fall, and here’s what they shared with us. Amy’s Bread – 672 9th Ave (bw W46/47th St) Amy’s Bread does it again with perfect treats for any occasion. Their pumpkin donuts are officially…

Hell’s Kitchen Action Group Leaders Honored with MVP Awards

Holly-Anne Devlin of Hell’s Kitchen Neighborhood Action Committee and Joe Restuccia of Hell’s Kitchen Neighborhood Coalition were honored as Most Valuable Partners this morning at the Annual Meeting of Hudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance (HYHK) for their services to the community during the pandemic. “Holly-Anne is the woman who produced our way out of COVID,”…

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Outdoor Dining + Slices of Pizza (and Art)

Happy Wednesday. It’s a great day to go and enjoy some outdoor dining in the neighborhood — and it could be your last chance! Patch reported…

Poisoned Birds, Cheap Flight Deck + a H-OWL

Good morning, Hell’s Kitchen. It’s really feeling like fall today. Wrap up a little more when you head out. However, we’re back to a high of…

Midtown Crisis, Rainbows + Pizza

Happy Monday — and welcome to a new week. I’m a lover of Winston Churchill quotes. One of my favorites is: “If I had more time,…

Shadowman, Big Apple + HK This Week

Good morning and welcome to the weekend. We’ve been taking it to the streets. Our stories today are about street art (official and unofficial) and we…

Supertall, Ghastly Ghouls + Kitchen Gaily

Good morning and happy Friday. Were we the only ones that overheated yesterday afternoon? It really did get hot! More of the same today… Over on…


West side stories

Aleta LaFargue: “You’ll never take Hell’s Kitchen out of the girl!”

Aleta LaFargue, Hell’s Kitchen native and one of Manhattan Plaza’s first babies, has served as their Tenant President for the past 5 years. She has been an artist, activist and advocate in the community for the better part of her life. Her biggest joy is raising her son Elijah in the community where she grew…

Hold the Phone — Improv Everywhere’s Charlie Todd is Here to Stay!

A Hell’s Kitchen resident since 2013, this former performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade used his talent to start Improv Everywhere nearly 20 years ago. Since then, he’s brought smiles and surprises to the public. His sense of humor has never failed him during the pandemic, especially when creating “New York’s Most Socially Distant Office.” Here’s…

Michael Waxes Lyrical About the Neighborhood He Now Calls Home

He may have only recently arrived in Hell’s Kitchen, but Michael William G has really taken the neighborhood to his heart. And pandemic living has inspired a pivot that’s led to him creating his own luxury candle brand. This is Michael’s West Side Story. So, what’s your New York story? Born here, or just arrived?I…

“I’m NEVER Leaving” — Tom’s Long-Standing Love Affair with Hell’s Kitchen

Tom D’Angora is a producer and activist. During the pandemic he and his husband, Michael, with the help of friend Tim Guinee, have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to save places like the West Bank Cafe and Birdland. This weekend he is turning his fundraising and production skills to save the York Theatre (with…


Duane Reade Closure is Bitter Pill for Hell’s Kitchen Heroes Enza and Steve

Steve Kaufman and Enza Santoro were nominated as W42ST Hell’s Heroes even before the pandemic. Then they took to the front line last March to provide vital meds and manage the rising panic with calm and professionalism while putting themselves at risk. Now the Hell’s Kitchen pharmacy they run faces closure. This week, Walgreens announced…

Coddiwomple Opens in Hell’s Kitchen with Free Sandwiches and Helicopter Ride

It’s hard to resist a tasty sandwich filled with farm-to-table ingredients, artisanal flair and international flavors. Even more so when it’s free — and comes with the chance of winning a helicopter ride! Innovative eatery, Coddiwomple, opens on 9th Avenue this weekend (October 9/10) and is tempting Hell’s Kitchen neighbors in with free sandwiches on…

West Side Cycling Booms — While Citi Bike Clears the Air

Two reports published yesterday highlight the success of more bike use in New York, with rider numbers booming and the air quality getting cleaner. Although the Cycling in the City report produced by the NYC Department of Transportation focussed mainly on East River crossings and what is happening in Brooklyn, W42ST sifted through the data…

Wing Your Way to the Best Fried Chicken Places in Hell’s Kitchen

It’s officially football season, and what better way to indulge than with some fried chicken and wings? We asked W42ST readers for their favorite spots in Hell’s Kitchen, and they served up more than expected. From sports bars, to Thai restaurants, to grab and go places — we’ve got a list of fried chicken and…

Shopping Traffic Still Down at Columbus Circle and Hudson Yards

Over a year after reopening, foot traffic at New York City shopping malls is still below 2019 levels throughout the city. Locally, retail traffic was down 32% compared to 2019 at Hudson Yards and down 35.5% at The Shops at Columbus Circle, according to new data we obtained from retail analytics startup Placer.ai. “Major New…

Restroom with a View — and Many More Highlights at Summit One Vanderbilt

In the 19th century, skyscrapers were defined by having an elevator, a metal frame and being more than 10 stories high. Now the race to the sky has been overtaken by W57th Street supertalls — matchstick-like buildings that tower over Central Park and bring derision from locals. Now, Summit One Vanderbilt is redefining that race…

Tardy Readers Need Worry No More — NYPL Has Scrapped Fines for Late Return of Books

Great news for the city’s bookworms! From today, NYC’s libraries will no longer charge late fines on overdue circulating materials — and all late fees and replacement fees owed to the New York Public Library, Queens Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library will be waived. The move was announced yesterday by Tony Marx, NYPL President,…

Get Inside This Big Picture Project With JR at Port Authority Bus Terminal

Street photo artist JR has spent the past two decades traveling the world creating monumental scale murals made up of portraits of local people. This morning his mobile photo booth arrived at Port Authority to capture locals for the Inside Out: NY Together project. JR works at the intersections of photography, social engagement, and street…

Anonymous Tip Leads to Gossip Bear Recovery — No Sign of Chair

Gossip Bar staff received an anonymous call early this evening, giving the location of the Yankee Bear snatched on 9th Avenue in the early hours of Thursday morning. The woman caller stressed: “I didn’t take it though!” The phone call led to the recovery of the bear from near garbage bins at 404 W56th Street…

Six Passengers Test Positive During First post-COVID Cruise from New York

The first post-COVID departure from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal landed in Bermuda with six passengers onboard testing positive for COVID. A total of twenty-two guests ended up quarantining rather than vacationing on the island. Bermuda’s newspaper, The Royal Gazette, first reported the incident after the Crystal Symphony docked on the island. All crew and guests…

EXCLUSIVE: Video of 9th Avenue Gossip Bar Bear-Nappers

We’ve been given exclusive video footage by a W42ST reader that shows two young women dragging Gossip Bar’s Bear (and chair) along 9th Avenue in the early hours of Thursday morning. The reader (who wishes to remain anonymous) was sitting outside at Atlas Social Club when he spotted the bear being dragged along the Hell’s…

Use This Fall Foliage Map to Plan Your New York Weekend Escape

The crisp weather this week was a clear sign that autumn has arrived and soon, the colorful palette that defines the season will be here too. Whether you’re planning a staycation or a trip upstate, I LOVE NY’s annual foliage map will show you where and when you can see the best autumnal colors.  The…

9th Avenue Gossip — “Our Yankee Bear is Missing”

If you go down to 9th Avenue today, you’re sure of a big surprise… Two Hell’s Kitchen’s bears, who have survived 18 months of the pandemic, have been separated in a late-night bear-napping. “My Yankee Bear was bear-napped last night from outside Gossip about 1:30am,” said Kieran Greene from Gossip Bar on 9th Avenue between…

Prince Harry Returns to Intrepid Museum in November for Salute to Freedom Gala

Prince Harry was in New York only last week — but he will return to the city again in November to present the inaugural Valor Awards at Intrepid Museum. He last visited the museum in June 2010. The Prince’s presence at the gala event will continue his work to honor both British and American veterans.…

Debt Crisis Threatens Midtown’s Myzel’s Chocolate

For more than three decades, Myzel’s Chocolate has served Midtown with a wide array of sweet treats and its old-world charm. Now, owner Kamila Myzel, is facing a debt crisis after struggling to keep her doors open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Kamila emigrated from Poland under political asylum with her mother, Alina, in 1981. She…

That Wasn’t a Dream — There Were Snow Plows on New York’s Streets Yesterday

New Yorkers did a double-take yesterday, as they saw snow plows and salt spreaders on the city streets. The New York City Department of Sanitation (DOS) started its annual snow training on Sunday (September 26) — and you’ll be seeing them getting ready for the winter for the next 10 Sundays. With the 2022 Old…

Dark Side of the Moo Brings Exotic Flavors to Hell’s Kitchen

If you’re adventurous and feeling limited by the abundance of chicken and beef at most restaurants, you’ll want to check out Dark Side of the Moo, where the menu reads like a zoo with options ranging from kangaroo burgers to alligator gumbo. After getting his start in the food truck world, owner Tyrone Green just…

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