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Amy’s Bread at 30 + Phil at 60

Happy Saturday! If you see the John J Harvey Fireboat at the end of W42nd Street spurting water into the air around 12:30 today, you will…

New Port Authority + Spotted Lanternflies

Good morning and happy Friday. We’re continuing with the sweltering heat today and nighttime conditions in the City are expected to be unusually warm. Some evening…

Goodbye, 412 + The House Race

Good morning and happy Thursday. A Heat Advisory is in effect for New York City from 11am today through to 8pm tomorrow evening. The intense heat…

Stop the HK Split + West Side Bike Lanes

Happy Wednesday. We’ve got sunshine, we’ve got blue skies… Make the most of today as the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Thursday…

Emmy’s Pizza + Times Square Jungle

Happy Tuesday. Say good morning to the sunshine and prepare to be a little hot out there today as the humidity returns. No longer just a…


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Hell’s Kitchen has Lost an Outdoor Dining Shed — but Regained a Mural

The battle for and against outdoor dining structures rages on. This weekend it was reported that opponents of the “COVID sheds” were heading to the Supreme Court to get them taken down. On 10th Avenue, one wrap-around structure was demolished this Sunday afternoon — revealing a much-loved Hell’s Kitchen mural. Sesamo, on the corner of…

Hell’s Kitchen Pups Set Sail on The Hudson for a Pawsitively Perfect Cruise

The Circle Line set sail this morning on its inaugural Pawsitively Perfect Pup Cruise with a deck packed with Hell’s Kitchen hounds and their owners. W42ST readers were on board and shared their pictures with us for this photo gallery. The cruise set sail for an hour-long tour with West Side views of the Hudson Yards, One…

“We’re Lathering Up to Shave New York’s 5 O’Clock Shadow of Trash Bags” — DSNY Has Plans to Shut Down the Rat Club

In a bid to combat the rise of record-setting rat sightings, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is floating a proposal to curb the seemingly never-ending presence of odorous trash bags on New York’s sidewalks with a new rule that would shift trash take-out to 8pm.  “Rush hour shouldn’t be trash hour,” DSNY spokesperson Joshua Goodman…

Historic Hudson Hotel Sold to Developers for Coliving Space

As the fate of Hell’s Kitchen’s shuttered hotels slowly comes into focus, the vacant Hudson Hotel on W58th Street and 9th Avenue is slated to be converted into shared space housing by developer CSC Coliving.  According to Crain’s, in early 2022 the firm purchased the 24-story hotel, which closed during the pandemic, for $207 million…

Be Carefree on Car-Free Blocks as New York’s Summer Streets Return This August

Who needs traffic signals when car-free Summer Streets return to New York this August? It’s a chance to step out and enjoy over eight miles of pedestrian-friendly city blocks, pedal away on select free Citi Bikes and sample plentiful public events on some of the warmest weekends of the year. In a two-mile expansion from…

Italian Impostor: La Vela Restaurant Battles Copycat Eatery Two Blocks Away

Imitation is not the greatest form of flattery for La Vela Dining & Bar owner Antonio Mauro, as the veteran restauranteur battles customer confusion and encroachment from a nearby competitor with a near-identical name. “It could ruin my business,” said Mauro, who has operated the popular Neapolitan eatery on 11th Avenue between W42nd and W43rd…

“You Can’t Say, ‘Let’s House Our Homeless, Get the Homeless Off the Street — but Just Don’t Put Them on My Street’” Mayor Adams Announces $8m Assistance Fund

Looking to address the urgent need for permanent, supportive housing in Midtown and beyond, Mayor Eric Adams, homeless outreach nonprofit Breaking Ground and the Partnership for New York City — a collection of over 60 Big Apple-based corporations — announced the launch of the Homeless Assistance Fund this morning. The fund is a public-private initiative…

Central Park Boathouse Will Close This Fall

After a series of pandemic fits and starts, the legendary Central Park Boathouse restaurant will close this fall, citing financial instability.  The Loeb Boathouse, adjacent to the Eastern side of Central Park Lake, will shutter its doors this October. The eatery had previously closed from October 2020 to March 2021. Originally opened as a restaurant…

Three Months After The Death of Julio Ramirez, We Ask Elected Officials for Answers

“On Thursday April 21, 2022, at approximately 0348 hours, police responded to a 911 call of an unconscious male in the vicinity of Ludlow Street and Stanton Street, within the confines of the 7 Precinct. Upon arrival, responding officers encountered an unidentified adult male, unconscious and unresponsive, with no obvious signs of trauma observed. EMS…

Midtown Monopoly — Paramount Stays as Hotel, Pennsylvania Going, Hudson to be Apartments, Skyline and Travel Inn are Homeless Shelters

The latest move in a high-stakes Monopoly game — where city officials and developers use properties, unions and people seeking shelter as pieces — has put Midtown’s Paramount Hotel in the spotlight. A historic, French Renaissance-style hotel constructed in 1927, the Paramount closed in March 2020 and has yet to reopen, despite New Yoirk City…

“The Real Life Moulin Rouge” — Behind the Curtain at Hell’s Kitchen’s Rose Room

Aerialists, contortionists, magicians, naked straight-jacket escape artists, wax play — a distinctly downtown parade of performance debauchery comes to Midtown at the newly opened Rose Room, a speakeasy, cabaret and club discreetly hidden behind the blackbox theaters of the Producers Club.  “We want it to be like a real-life Moulin Rouge in New York,” said…

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