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Metropolitan Opera Sells $50 Tickets after Cyberattack

A New York City cultural institution’s misfortune has a silver lining for its fans: the Metropolitan Opera is selling tickets for $50 because of a cyberattack. The FBI are investigating the attack, which took down…

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Could New York City Buses Become Free for All?

As other cities experiment with fare-free transit, some MTA board members are calling on elected officials to come up with new funding sources that would allow…

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Farewell Trevor + Wordle Boycott

Good morning and happy Friday. It’s going to be crisp and clear today. Don’t be fooled by the sunshine though — with the windchill it’s going…

New York State of Mind

Good afternoon, this is W42ST Lifestyle Editor Sarah Beling with “Make Way For The Weekend” — your curated guide to the best of New York events…

Steak Frites + Composting Birthday

Good morning and happy Wednesday. It’s going to be foggy, muggy and in the mid-50s for most of the day. A slight improvement from yesterday… Say…

Rats of the Sky + Huge Cruiseship

Good morning and happy Tuesday. Don’t let that early morning cloud fool you — it’s going to be muggy and wet for most of the day,…


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What’s In Your Weed? Some Unlicensed New York Shops’ Supply has E. coli, Salmonella, Pesticides and Heavy Metals

As New York State’s weed legalization process moves slower than a stoner getting up off the couch, industry advocates warn that unlicensed producers will continue to hotbox the market with weakened and potentially contaminated weed.  A recent study from a trio of Tri-State cannabis trade associations found that at least 40 percent of products from…

Sidewalk Weed Causes West Side Pup Collapse — Owner Warns of Danger to Dogs

A leisurely Sunday dog walk turned into a nightmare for West Sider Layla Law-Gisiko after her pup accidentally ingested cannabis-filled detritus from the sidewalk.  Law-Gisiko had taken 50-pound Australian Bernedoodle Milou for their regular afternoon Midtown walk: “We didn’t notice that he had picked anything up from the sidewalk,” she said. An hour later, when…

All the Fun of the Fir! Where to Buy a Christmas Tree in Hell’s Kitchen

Are you getting ready for a holly, jolly Hell’s Kitchen Christmas? Here’s where to snap up a holiday evergreen without hauling it back from New Jersey. But first, a quick primer on this year’s offerings:  Most tree stands sell a combination of Fraser Fir — made of sturdy, thick branches with good needle retention (aka,…

Throw Yourself into Ceramics at Hell’s Kitchen Newcomer Pottery NYC

Want to calm the mind and stoke your creative spirit by making ceramics, but the thought of approaching a pottery wheel scares you? Pottery NYC, a new 9th Avenue drop-in studio is here to guide your hands — with the help and expertise of experienced artist Peter Ramirez.  The studio is meant for those who’d…

How to Help Migrants Seeking Asylum in New York City

The number of asylum-seeking people arriving in New York has dropped significantly in recent weeks, relief workers say, but their needs have not. Rachel Holliday Smith and Tanaz Meghjani, The City This article was originally published on Nov 23 5:01am EST by THE CITY Hundreds of migrants are still arriving in New York every week,…

Update: Hell’s Kitchen Neighbor Confesses to Serial Attacks on VERS Bar

A man who lives just a block from VERS on 9th Avenue was charged Tuesday with being the serial attacker who targeted the Hell’s Kitchen LGBTQIA+ venue four times in four weeks — and said on his way into court: “I’m gay myself.” Sean Kuilan, 34, was caught on video by the New York Post…

Pictured: Serial Brick Attacker Shopping for Soda after Assault on VERS

Police have revealed close-up pictures of the man who threw bricks at VERS on 9th Avenue in a suspected hate crime spree against the LGBTQIA+ venue. The pictures show him in a bodega on Saturday night after the most recent of four attacks, casually buying a can of soda. The man is still being hunted…

VERS Bar Hit with Bricks Four Times in a Week in Suspected Hate Crime

A hunt is underway for an attacker who tried to smash the windows of VERS bar in Hell’s Kitchen as many as four times in a week in a suspected hate crimes spree, Councilmember Erik Bottcher said Sunday. The suspected serial attacker last struck on Saturday night, shortly before five men were murdered at an…

Sullivan Street Bakery Suffers Major Flooding

A tide of water has swept through Hell’s Kitchen’s beloved Sullivan Street Bakery — flooding them ahead of one of the busiest weeks of the year.  Bakery owners Jim Lahey and Maya Joseph told W42ST that the flood occurred Friday evening, causing water to rush the ground floor of their W47th Street location which also…

Small Owl Rescued After Window Collision at Port Authority Bus Station

Owl-lo! The latest NYC visitor to come to grief near the Port Authority Bus Station this week was a small owl, rescued from near the bustling transport hub after what appeared to be a collision with a window.   The bird, a female Northern Saw-Whet Owl, was picked up by New York animal rehabilitation nonprofit the…

Back of the Net! Your Guide to Where to Watch the World Cup in Hell’s Kitchen

Ignore the chilly US temperatures, it’s time for the FIFA World Cup — and though the international soccer championship is usually held in the summer, this year’s competition will be playing out from November 20 to December 18 in Qatar, where 32 teams from around the world will compete for this year’s title, including, yes,…

New State Numbers Show Slide in Vacant Rent-Stabilized Apartments

So far this year, landlords have registered 38,000 vacant rent-stabilized apartments with New York’s Division of Homes and Community Renewal — down from more than 60,000 in 2021 — the state housing agency says in new preliminary numbers shared exclusively with THE CITY.  Sam Rabiyah and Tanaz Meghjani, The City This article was originally published…

10th Avenue Cycle Lane Plan Unveiled — Community Board Says it Needs to be Safer

The Department of Transportation revealed a sweeping redesign of 10th Avenue on Wednesday evening to Community Board 4 — creating a protected bike lane from W14th Street to W52nd Street that’s also intended to cut danger with concrete islands at the busiest crossings of a road where three people been killed in the last six…

Food Delivery Workers Would Be Paid $23.82 Minimum Under Proposed New City Rules

New York City’s app-based food delivery workers should be paid at least $23.82 an hour plus tips by 2025, an amount that takes into account their costs of operating, the city Department of Consumer and Worker Protection proposed via public notice Wednesday morning. Claudia Irizarry Aponte, The City This article was originally published on Nov…

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