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42nd St Art, Party Boat Horror + Water Tanks

Happy Friday! Sorry to break the news to you, but this evening’s sunset is the last at or after 7pm until March 13, 2022. However, although […]

Clyde Closes, Javits Farms + Hamilton Sings

Happy Wednesday. We walked along 8th Avenue in the early evening yesterday. There were people in our way. The city is on its way back… We […]

#NeverForget + Hell’s Kitchen This Week

Good morning. As I wrote the newsletter early today, I heard the siren and horn of an FDNY truck. It was a haunting memory of those […]

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Delphinium Home Celebrates 25 Years in Hell’s Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen gift shop and W42ST reader favorite Delphinium Home is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month — and Broadway reopening nights are bringing a boost to business as congratulations cards fly off the shelves. “For all of us who seem to have ‘made it through the rain’ during the COVID period, we are especially […]

Avante-Garde Dishes and Party Time Return to 10th Avenue as HaSalon Reopens

Israeli avante-garde cuisine and high-energy party time return to 10th Avenue in October as chef Eyal Shani opens the door again to HaSalon. The restaurant will bring up the shutters again on Saturday, October 2. “We are so happy to re-open HaSalon NYC with enhanced safety measures and providing a food experience like no other,” […]

It’s Green for Go as Javits Center Opens a New Rooftop Event Space and Farm

Javits Center’s green roof just got even greener, with the completion of a one-acre working farm which is expected to generate up to 40,000 pounds of produce each year. And in true farm-to-table style, the food grown there will find its way into meals created in the conference venue’s on-site kitchens. The farm is just […]

Clyde Frazier Shutters 10th Avenue Wine and Dine Restaurant

Clyde Frazier has shuttered his Hell’s Kitchen restaurant. “Thank you for your patronage throughout the years and to ARK Restaurants for creating Clyde Frazier’s Wine and Dine,” he said on Twitter on Tuesday. “The restaurant is permanently closed. It was wonderful ‘meeting and greeting’ with you for over 9 years.” The New York Knicks basketball […]

Fountain House Suffers Four Racist Attacks in Five Weeks at Downtown Store

Hell’s Kitchen-based mental health non-profit Fountain House is “outraged” and “hurt” by four racist attacks in five weeks on their Fountain House + Body store in SoHo. Ashwin Vasan, the CEO of the organization which fights for the rights of people with serious mental illness, hit out at the attacks. “I am absolutely disgusted by […]


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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 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 […]


What You Need to Know About NYC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

By now, you’ve had some time to get used to the city’s vaccination mandate that came into effect on August 17. Dozens of indoor businesses now require proof of vaccination for all guests and employees, and enforcement of the policy begins today. To make sure you’re prepared, here’s everything you need to know about the […]

On 9/11, Volunteers Pack 500,000 Meals at Intrepid Museum for Those in Need

In honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the non-profit 9/11 Day is hosting an epic meal pack at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum today (Saturday, September 11). More than 1,600 local volunteers are expected to come together and help pack 500,000 non-perishable meals for New Yorkers facing food insecurity.  The event at […]

Ida Flooding Wrecks Historic Hell’s Kitchen Recording Studios

As the tail of Hurricane Ida hit New York last Wednesday evening, water poured through the floors and ceilings of Threshold Recording Studios NYC. The flooding has damaged the historic Hell’s Kitchen sound studio beyond repair. Twenty-five years ago, James Walsh had a basement rehearsal room across the hall from an artist named Jeff Buckley. […]

Bob Gruen: Memories of the World Trade Center and 9/11

Bob Gruen is one of the most well-known and respected photographers in rock and roll. From John Lennon to Johnny Rotten, Muddy Waters to the Rolling Stones, Elvis to Madonna, Bob Dylan to Bob Marley, Tina Turner to Debbie Harry, he has chronicled the music scene for over 40 years in photographs that have gained […]

Sleep No More will Hibernate Until Valentine’s Day 2022

Back in July, the PR team at The McKittrick Hotel hit our inbox with what they described as “our most exciting announcement yet!” — that Sleep No More would welcome new audiences starting October 4, 2021. Now, they have put the show back into hibernation and pushed reopening to Valentine’s Day 2022. Like many New […]

Artist Hopes for “Endless Line” as The Armory Show Debuts at Javits Center

This month, Hell’s Kitchen and Hudson Yards can claim to be the art and soul of New York City! The Armory Show debuts at the Javits Center this week — and there’s a new outdoor art installation at Bella Abzug Park too. “I’ve been working with art installations based on ‘endless lines’,” shared artist Niyi […]

No NYC Subway Riders Got Fined for Defying Mask Mandate in August

As COVID cases in the city hit their highest point in months in August, the number of riders ejected from the subway for defying the mask mandate in stations and on trains sank to the lowest level in nearly a year, numbers obtained by THE CITY show. By Jose Martinez and Christopher Alvarez, THE CITY. This […]

CBS Mornings Wakes Up in Times Square After Departing W57th Street Studio

Gayle King, Nate Burleson and Tony Dokoupil will be waking up America this morning from a new Times Square studio — and with a rebrand from CBS This Morning to CBS Mornings. CBS This Morning broadcast for the last time from the W57th Street studio at the CBS Broadcast Center on Labor Day morning (yesterday). […]

Swift Eats “Hybrid Fast-Casual Ghost Kitchen” Opens in Hell’s Kitchen

It describes itself as a “hybrid fast-casual ghost kitchen created by locals for neighbors” — so let’s offer a neighborly hello to Swift Eats: Hell’s Kitchen! You’ll find the newly opened eatery on 9th Avenue, sandwiched between Vivi Bubble Tea and Dalton’s, in the space previously occupied by Chimichurri Grill that shuttered during the pandemic. […]

Historic Deadly Rains Put Spotlight on City’s Lack of Preparation

The record-breaking deluge that pummeled the city overnight Wednesday revealed weaknesses in the city’s infrastructure and planning following the second historic weather event in less than two weeks. Katie Honan, Reuven Blau, and Josefa Velasquez, THE CITY This article was originally published on Sep 2 at 4:13pm EDT by THE CITY At least 13 people […]

Manhattan Workers are Returning to the Office More Slowly than Expected

With the highly contagious Delta variant still spreading, many employers are slowing down their return-to-office plans. A survey completed by the Partnership for New York City between August 9 and 20 found that only 41% of Manhattan office workers will return to their workplace by September 30, down from a projection of 62% in a […]

Twenty Million Daffodils — a Yellow Revolution in Memory of 9/11

After 9/11, a small band of gardeners started planting daffodils in public spaces as an act of healing and hope … 20 years on, more than 20 million blooms have stood as a testament to their faith. The very first planting happened in DeWitt Clinton Park, a site selected because families had come to the […]

Moves are Afoot to Legalize Dancing Throughout New York City

For a city that considers itself the capital of nightlife, New York has held on to some unusually stringent laws around dancing — but that may soon change. Plans are underway to repeal the last remnants of the city’s antiquated Cabaret Law. A trio of officials — council members Keith Powers and Mark Levine and […]

Last Chance to Enjoy The Green at Lincoln Center

Summer is drawing to a close and Labor Day is the last chance for New Yorkers to sit out on The Green at Lincoln Center. “We hope you’ve enjoyed the sunshine and open-air performances on The Green this summer at Restart Stages! If you haven’t stopped by yet, here’s your last chance before the installation is taken down,” organizers […]

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