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Restaurants come and go in Hell’s Kitchen

Happy Wednesday. Tonight the curtain goes up for Broadway’s first play since COVID shut down productions in March last year. The first preview for Pass Over […]

Broadway Ushers and Community Garden Keys

Good morning and happy Tuesday. It’s going to be a lovely summer day with a little cloud cover and temperatures in the upper 70s to lower […]

New Theater, Old Diner, Fame + HK Sadness

Good morning — and welcome to our Saturday weekly round-up of what’s been happening in Hell’s Kitchen this week. Be warned that there’s been much sadness, […]

HK Diner Discovery + The Vessel

Happy Friday. We hope you survived those storms yesterday — the upstate rain seemed like a waterfall. How was it in Hell’s Kitchen? Our break from […]

Theater 555 + Missing JP

Good morning and happy Thursday. Sounds like we need to be prepared for a stormy afternoon and evening. There are strong winds as thunderstorms roll through. […]

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When Climate Change Comes Knocking at Your Door, It’s Best to Be Prepared

Aria Velasquez, THE CITY This article was originally published on Aug 1 at 10:02pm EDT by THE CITY What would you do if you got caught in a flash flood? On July 8, New Yorkers got a sudden real-life lesson as an afternoon storm rolled through the city and filled roadways and some subway stations, […]

Cheap Beer and Free Hot Dogs Return to Hell’s Kitchen as Rudy’s Reopens

PHOTO ESSAY by RICHARD MOORE Three familiar faces greeted Hell’s Kitchen drinkers as Rudy’s legendary dive bar opened its doors at noon today (Sunday). Owner Jack Ertl was on hand, along with long-time general manager Danny DePamphilis — and, of course, Baron von Swine had his wave and piggy smile ready at the door of […]

Friends and Family Mourn the Loss of Makeup Artist JP Ramirez

Friends and family announced on Instagram this evening that Juan “JP” Ramirez, who was last seen in Hell’s Kitchen over a week ago, “has passed away.” “It is with heavy hearts that JP’s family is sharing that our dear friend JP has passed away,” said Ylva Erevall, a photographer who described JP as “my rock […]

Perched on a Hill in Upstate New York is a Fabled Hell’s Kitchen Diner

Perched on a hill in Liberty NY is a Hell’s Kitchen diner. How did this place where “men and women in evening dress swap jokes with men in overalls” get transplanted from 11th Avenue to upstate New York? As the new millennium greeted the west side of New York City, the future was a venue […]

West side stories

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 […]

NYC Delta COVID Wave Sends Relatively Few to Hospitals So Far

Ann Choi and Will Welch, THE CITY This article was originally published on Jul 26 at 10:20am EDT by THE CITY A surge in positive tests for COVID-19 in New York has spurred dread of another wave of potentially deadly infections — even calls to again require masks indoors. Yet while the number of cases is […]

Say “Hi(gh)” to the Newly Reopened Skyscraper Museum — and it’s Free!

The Skyscraper Museum has reopened to the public — and while the buildings might be the highest in the world, the admission cost is the lowest it can be. It’s free! In the late 19th Century, two inventions — the elevator and steel cage construction — allowed the city to reach to the skies. The museum tracks […]

722mph Skyray Floats Slowly Back to Intrepid Museum’s Flight Deck

A new addition to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s flight deck is due to arrive tomorrow (Tuesday) — and it’ll be coming by air… well, sorta! The Douglas F4D Skyray will be craned into place at the end of a 3-day multi-step journey of 177 miles over land and sea. It isn’t the […]

Woman Jumps from 10th Avenue High Rise with Dog in her Arms

A 60-year-old woman jumped from the rooftop of 45-story Hell’s Kitchen high rise, The Victory, at lunchtime today according to a preliminary report from the New York Police Department. The woman was holding a dog. Both were pronounced dead at the scene just before 1pm by emergency responders on the scene. The Victory at 561 […]

The Daily Show — Brought to You from Hell’s Kitchen for 25 Years

When Comedy Central recorded the first episode of The Daily Show from Hell’s Kitchen back in 1996 with Craig Kilborn as anchorman, they could have had no idea it would become a national institution. The show, which turns 25 years old today (Thursday) has been produced in Hell’s Kitchen through wars, elections and even COVID. […]

Watch Jeff Bezos Rocket into Space at the Crossroads of the World

Times Square will livestream Jeff Bezos blasting into space aboard Blue Origin on their towering billboards tomorrow morning (Tuesday). The first human flight for Blue Origin is planned to launch at 9am EST. UPDATE: 9:30am EST, July 20, 2021. The livestream will be on the huge digital billboards — called “spectaculars” — on the side […]

Schmigadoon and Schmackary’s — a Broadway Love Story

In a match made in Broadway heaven, the new Apple TV+ comedy series Schmigadoon has teamed up with Zachary Schmahl’s cookie empire, Schmackary’s. “For anyone who does not immediately recognize the title, the name Schmigadoon is the dumbest imaginable goof version of the title Brigadoon, a Lerner and Loewe musical about two American tourists who […]

NYPD Rescue Dog and Owner from Hudson River at Pier 83

NYPD’s Harbor and Emergency Service Unit rescued a dog from the Hudson River at Pier 83 in Hell’s Kitchen on Saturday afternoon. They also pulled the pup’s 28-year-old owner from the waters after he had attempted to help his pet, which had accidentally taken a plunge into the river. A video tweeted by Erin Lostraglio […]

Preston Konrad Brings his Big Brand Ideas to a Tiny Hell’s Kitchen Store

Preston Konrad is a retail guy. He’s worked as a creative director around the world for top brands like Ralph Lauren and hosted a TV show — but he’d never had a shop. That changes today when he opens his store on W49th Street between 9/10th Avenue, in the space that used to be occupied […]

“Beyond Thrilled” — Intrepid and Alvin Ailey Join Broadway Shows Getting Millions in Shuttered Venue Grants

The latest update of Theater District and Hell’s Kitchen businesses receiving Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program reads like a Broadway Playbill — but now with the addition of neighborhood favorites Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum and Alvin Ailey. Our earlier report outlined that 91 organizations in our area had been approved to receive a […]

$137 Million Dished Out to Hell’s Kitchen Restaurants — but Many are Left with Empty Plates and a Bitter Taste

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) has awarded over $137 million to 168 Hell’s Kitchen eateries, averaging out at $818,363 per business. The funds were handed out in amounts ranging from $5 million to $3,919. It’s a lifeline for those businesses fortunate enough to get an award — but many struggling restaurant owners have been left […]

It’s Not Just Adams vs. Sliwa: Long-Shot Mayoral Candidates Line Up for November

Rachel Holliday Smith, THE CITY This article was originally published on Jul 8 at 7:06pm EDT by THE CITY Eric Adams has good reason to take his post-mayoral-primary victory lap. With registered Democrats outnumbering Republicans nearly 7-to-1 in New York City, it’s not unreasonable to think he’ll win the general election over GOP candidate Curtis […]

Time to Have Your Say On the Future of Penn Station and “Manhattan Midtown West”

In January, Governor Andrew Cuomo heralded a $51bn reimagining of Manhattan Midtown West that will “spread East to Broadway and West to the Hudson” — by March, that plan was being opposed by local politicians as “a real estate development plan, not a transportation plan.” Next week, residents will have their chance to get a […]

Bryant Park Movie Nights are Back — with a Touch of Broadway in the Mix

There are destined to be 10 titles in this summer’s free Bryant Park Movie Nights lineup — but some of those revealed so far have a distinctly Broadway feel. And there’s double delight for movie fans this year. Due to popular demand, Bryant Park Movie Nights will run on Monday and, for the first time, […]


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