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Bryant Park Slips into Winter

The Winter Village at Bryant Park opened today, and the first skaters took to the ice at 2pm in slightly waterlogged conditions. The soggy start should not deter visitors from the Winter Market, now open with around 60 vendors (around a third of the usual booths). The selection has been tightly curated, and there’s lots […]

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Where are You Eating this Winter? Indoors, Outdoors, Home?

When Governor Cuomo gave the go-ahead for indoor dining in New York City with 25% occupancy at the end of September, he tantalizingly told business owners that “guidelines will be reassessed based on the data by November 1. If the infection rate does not increase, restaurants may be permitted to go to 50 percent capacity; […]

Will Jon Stewart come back to Hell’s Kitchen?

We’ve been missing the Jon Stewart posters around the ‘hood. He’s heading back to television, will he be returning to Hell’s Kitchen too? The former Daily Show host has been signed up on a multi-year deal with Apple TV+, and first out of the blocks is an as-yet-untitled current affairs series.  A press release from […]

MTA give rent relief — and model for other New York landlords

The Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) have unanimously approved rent relief for the small businesses at Grand Central Terminal and other MTA locations. It creates a model that could be followed by all New York landlords seeking to help the recovery of the city. The MTA has given a full rent abatement from […]

Taste of Times Square extended

If you’ve not managed to dine under the bright lights of Times Square yet, you’ve been given a little more time. After a surge of business, most restaurants have extended their special Taste menus through the weekend until Sunday, November 1. Taste of Times Square started last Friday and was originally slated to last a […]

Open Storefronts! Shops get Open Streets Boost

Mayor de Blasio has signed an Executive Order to expand the popular Open Restaurants program to include retail stores. The surprise announcement came at his press conference at City Hall this morning. Over 200,000 businesses will receive an email today from New York City Small Business Services explaining how the new program will work on […]

Citi Bike rides past Long Island Railroad

Citi Bike has been slowly powering past their transportation competitors during the pandemic in New York. They now have more riders than Long Island Railroad, Citi Bike General Manager Laura Fox confirmed in a zoom call with Functions.NYC today. “We’ve for a long time had higher ridership on weekends than Metro-North and Long Island Railroad,” […]

West side stories

Charles ‘Chuck’ Gomez — Cuban Son Rising

Charles ‘Chuck’ Gomez has “had a remarkable journey”. He’s the son of Cuban immigrants “who worshiped the American Dream”. As a journalist, he covered civil wars and “had a grenade tossed my way in Nicaragua”. He met well-known world leaders in his travels as an Emmy Award-winning reporter — including Bill Clinton, Fidel Castro, Baby […]

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 last 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 […]

Elisha & Laila Ortiz — mom & baby’s West Side Story

In March, Elisha Ortiz was 3 months pregnant. She was locked down at home with her husband at their one-bedroom apartment in Hell’s Kitchen covering breaking news for NBC. She documented her rapidly changing tastes and own PPP (Pandemic Pregnancy Pizza) in our Best Pizza story. Now, baby Laila has arrived and is ready for […]

Michael Barth: “Go out and make a difference”

Michael Barth is a 26-year-old Wall Street associate. Last month he got a call from a four-star Admiral to tell him that his work with the Coast Guard Auxiliary (the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard) had been outstanding — he was given the “Auxiliarist of the Year” award. As Admiral Karl Schultz, […]

Mayor says Stay at Home for the Holidays

As fears for a second wave of COVID-19 grow, Mayor Bill de Blasio has a stark message for New Yorkers: Stay at home for the holidays this year. “Big moment up ahead: holidays are coming… We really want to discourage people from traveling unless they really, really have to, because right now New York City […]

The Birth of “Broadway Baby”

Russell Miller has spent a lifetime in the theater, working in London’s West End and on Broadway. His role has usually been at the gritty end of making things work, setting up the operations and commercial infrastructure of theaters and production. When he went in search of a theater-related present for a producer friend’s young […]

Cuomo: Wear (and Buy) a Mask

Governor Andrew Cuomo has moved from advising New Yorkers to #MaskUp to selling masks. Working with his daughter Mariah Kennedy Cuomo, he’s partnering New York State with online retailer The RealReal and dozens of New York fashion designers to create limited edition “Made in New York” masks. “It’s clear that masks help stop the spread […]

Cash is back at Lincoln Tunnel and GWB

From today (Monday), cash is king again in the Lincoln Tunnel and on the upper level of the George Washington Bridge – but only for a limited period. The Port Authority has announced that cash tolls will temporarily return to both crossings – and as a result, 100 toll collectors will return to the bridge […]

Voting — Standing in Line with Timothée Chalamet

New Yorkers lined up for early voting this weekend, and there’s no clearer indication that all votes are equal than standing next to a movie star for over 3 hours. Timothée Chalamet — the Dune star and Hell’s Kitchen native — spent Saturday next to W42ST reader Henry Johnson. Timothée broadcast on Instagram Live from […]

NEWSical Rising and a Cuban Son

Happy Sunday! Well done if you joined the lines to vote early yesterday. Thanks for sending in pictures. Last week, I met up with Charles ‘Chuck’ Gomez at Holy Cross Church to take his photo for our story today. Chuck has “had a remarkable journey”. He’s the son of Cuban immigrants “who worshiped the American […]


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