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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Westminster Dog Show unleashes upstate

Those pretty, pampered pooches strutting their stuff through the neighborhood are no more – as of next year, Westminster Dog Show is moving upstate. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, for 2021 the Westminster Kennel Club, organizers of the hugely popular dog show that has been a NYC mid-winter mainstay for more than 100 years, is […]


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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, […]


Falling five floors in Hell’s Kitchen — and surviving

Sydney Morning Herald reporter Matthew Knott was with friends on a Hell’s Kitchen rooftop in mid-June when he decided to head to the bathroom. He walked 10 steps to check the view of the Manhattan skyline and “stepped out onto what I thought was concrete, but found there was nothing under my feet. Suddenly I […]

Hello Dolly! Welcome to Hell’s Kitchen’s newest bar

Quick quiz before we start this story. Dolly Varden is Hell’s Kitchen’s newest bar, it opens tonight. So… is Dolly Varden? A play on Dolly Parton A type of dress An Alaskan Trout A famous New York train car A character in a Charles Dickens novel Answers in a minute… Read on! Dolly Varden is […]

Times of Change on 42nd Street

New York is in a state of change. There’s a renewal, there are repairs, it’s reshaping before our eyes. A walk along 42nd Street shows the transformation. You’d best get in quick to take a look (and a photo) of the cavernous Main Concourse at Grand Central Terminal. Scaffolding started to go up yesterday morning […]

Taste of Times Square Makes a Comeback

Finally, a benefit of the pandemic, the 26-year tradition of Taste of Times Square is back — and it’s on for a whole week! The popular event, which usually happens for one evening each year in early June, has been transformed into a week-long event with 20 restaurants taking part. Restaurant Row, on W46th Street […]

Target is OPEN!

The scaffolding is down, the shelves are stacked, the sidewalk is cleared — and Target has confirmed they are open today in Hell’s Kitchen. The store on 10th Avenue between W44/45th Street, opened earlier than planned (it was originally scheduled for Sunday). If you don’t want to form a socially distanced line to get the […]

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