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Hell’s Kitchen Traffic Activist Christine Berthet is Recommended to Board Amid Congestion Pricing Gridlock

Hell’s Kitchen activist Christine Berthet has fought to reclaim 9th Avenue from “the hellish Lincoln Tunnel traffic” for over 40 years. Now Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has asked New York Governor Kathy Hochul to appoint Berthet to the congestion pricing Traffic Mobility Review Board (TMRB). The creation of the six-person board is critical to…

Bowling Alley Strikes Out on West 42nd Street After 13 Years

Lucky Strike has confirmed that it has permanently closed its location under River Place on the corner of W42nd Street and 12th Avenue. It’s another Hell’s Kitchen victim of the pandemic. “Regrettably, due to the pandemic, the property owners have chosen to go in a different direction at our New York property. We have appreciated the…

Covenant House Moves to New Home to Help Young Homeless

Covenant House — the nonprofit focused on youth homelessness — has just opened up a new headquarters in its first ever purpose-built facility. The new location is at 460 W41st Street, just around the corner from their longtime home at 550 10th Avenue. The move came about after The Gotham Organization bought the original property…

Fifth Avenue Shines Bright and Early for New York’s Holidays

Last night the Fifth Avenue Association got the holidays underway with sidewalks of oversized lit toys and a fountain featuring animal sculptures, icebergs and 5,000 feet of lights. The launch of the “Fifth Season” started with a grand opening ceremony at the Pulitzer Fountain in front of The Plaza Hotel, with music from the Brooklyn…

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Thank YOU edition!

Happy Wednesday — and welcome to the Thanksgiving edition of W42ST’s daily newsletter. We will be taking a break until Monday, but follow us on Twitter,…

Awards Nominations Roundup + Gridlock Help

Good morning and happy Tuesday. I’m off to JFK this afternoon to pick up my sister — and W42ST’s social media and copy editor — Sandra.…

New Covenant House + HK This Week

Good morning and welcome to the weekend. I celebrated the end of my first week back to work with a bar crawl in Hell’s Kitchen with…

Fireworks, Opera and Stars

Happy Friday. We saw people walking around in shorts yesterday as the temperatures soared. Don’t be fooled this morning though, it’s currently 43 degrees! So what…

Hot Days & Bright Holiday Lights

Good morning and happy HOT Thursday. That’s right, it’s mid-November and we might get to nearly SEVENTY degrees this afternoon. In more seasonal news… We took…


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Rock Climbing and Piano Playing Create a Harmonious Life for Personal Trainer Judy Kuan

Judy Kuan talks about her love for the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood — and how she developed her piano playing (mixed with personal training) and discovered a love of rock climbing during the pandemic. So, what’s your New York story? Born here, or just arrived?I’m originally from Minnesota, and moved to NYC in 2005. For the…

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…


Craft+Carry Opens “For Beer Lovers, Not Snobs” in Hell’s Kitchen

Craft+Carry bottle shop has opened on 9th Avenue, boasting 24 rotating draft beers and over 400 different craft brews in cans and bottles. This is their newest location for the rapidly expanding taproom that first opened its doors in downtown Brooklyn at DeKalb Market Hall in 2017. Since then, Craft+Carry has steadily grown and now…

Welcome to the W42ST Best of Awards 2021 — Sponsored by Wells Fargo

Welcome to the 2nd Annual W42ST Best of Awards — Sponsored by Wells Fargo with support from HYHK Alliance and The Durst Organization. The W42ST Best Of Awards 2021 are different — this community is the very special judging panel. YOU nominate and award the winners. Last year, our community of 35,000 strong picked the neighborhood…

Martha’s Vineyard Vacation Ends with Heart Attack and Helicopter Ride

Phil O’Brien is the Publisher and Editor of W42ST.com. After a recent medical emergency on vacation, the website took a break of three weeks while Phil recovered from a heart attack. The last full day of our weekend break on Martha’s Vineyard started with a cycle ride from Edgartown to Oak Bluffs along a causeway…

NYC’s Kitchen Drawers Full of Plastic Utensils Can be Cleared Out with #SkipTheStuff Bill

Each year, billions of straws, utensils, napkins and condiment packets are included in take-out/delivery orders across the US — and then thrown away. You didn’t ask for them and probably don’t need them, and they cost… big. New York City spends $42 million per year on waste management fees for single-use disposable foodware. Clearly, NYC needs to…

Theatrical Walking Tour Steps Inside the Story of Hell’s Kitchen and its People

Six years ago, when artistic director Grant Neale lived on W50th Street and 11th Avenue, he would “see all these people streaming from the cruise ships and missing the story of Hell’s Kitchen and the people.” This week, he’s brought a theatrical walking tour to the neighborhood to introduce the streets and the characters to…

Over the Moon as The Edge Sells for Over $500 Million

A full moon rose behind The Edge last night as Hudson Yards closed a deal with investment firm KKR for a majority stake in the vertigo-inducing observation deck. Related Companies must be over the moon, if you will, as the 1,100-foot-tall deck (well, 75% of it) sold for the sky-high sum of $508.5 million. The…

Big News for NYC Clubgoers as $12 Million Nightclub Gets Set to Open near Times Square

Here’s a milestone for post-pandemic nightlife in New York: Manhattan’s newest nightclub, Nebula, will be bringing the beats to 135 W41st Street from Friday, November 5. The sprawling 11,000 square foot club is also the largest to open in Manhattan so far this year.  Owner Richie Romero (who partnered on the venture with Yang Gao,…

Run, Don’t Walk as Intrepid Museum Halves Ticket Prices for New Yorkers

Jump to it, Hell’s Kitcheners! Beginning Friday, October 22, New Yorkers get 50% off tickets to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The new cost of general admission for residents of the five boroughs will be $16 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $12 for children ages 5-12. In addition to their permanent exhibits,…

What’s Killing Hawks, Owls, Ducks and Squirrels in New York City Parks?

The dead, male, red-tailed hawk was discovered without any signs of significant trauma by a park-goer inside Washington Square Park in the spring of 2020. A necropsy later confirmed the hawk was poisoned by pesticides, including lethal doses of difethialone and a trace of brodifacoum. In other words: rat poison — a frequent killer of…

Appeal for Funding to Halt Crisis at Crossroads of the World — “People are Shooting Up and Shooting Each Other”

The Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and heads of Manhattan’s most prominent Business Improvement Districts gathered in Times Square on Sunday to protest the “failure of government in the greatest and wealthiest city in the world.” “Conditions on our streets are untenable. Just south of where we stand there are open-air marijuana sales, people are…

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…

From Ghastly Ghouls to Dressed-Up Dogs — 15 Ways to Get into the Halloween Spirit

After a year of canceled events, New Yorkers are ready for spooky fun this Halloween. From ghost tours to corn mazes, here’s our roundup of the best Halloween events in Hell’s Kitchen and beyond. Cybert Tires Halloween Display, 545 W52nd Street (bw 10/11th Ave) Explore Cybert Tires’ spooky decor before they move to a new…

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,”…

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…

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