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One Moment Caller… In Search of New York’s Payphones

One Moment Caller… In Search of New York’s Payphones

The removal of Midtown’s last public payphone on Monday was met not only with its own hero’s salute, but a citywide wave of nostalgia for what once was New York’s ubiquitous corner landmark. In addition…

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Payphone Nostalgia + West Side Grants

Payphone Nostalgia + West Side Grants

Happy Thursday. Are you ready for another lovely spring day? We’re going to be in the high 60s this afternoon, but after today the temperatures will…

HK Street View History + NYC Tap Water

HK Street View History + NYC Tap Water

Good morning and happy Wednesday. We got distracted writing the newsletter this morning by the arrival of some very large ships and the buzzing of helicopters…

Payphone Hang Up + Subway Masks

Payphone Hang Up + Subway Masks

Happy Tuesday. It’s going to be pleasant today with some clouds around and a high of 68 degrees this afternoon. It will be pretty much like…

Fleet Week + Theater Ticket Deals

Fleet Week + Theater Ticket Deals

Good morning and happy Monday. Did you survive the sweaty weekend? Today is going to be more seasonal and a light wind is going to blow…


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Artist Dana Nehdaran’s Brush with COVID Led to Portrait Painting Passion

Artist Dana Nehdaran’s Brush with COVID Led to Portrait Painting Passion

Dana Nehdaran is an Iranian Jewish artist living in Hell’s Kitchen. In March 2021, he got COVID and 15 days later had a stroke. As a result, he lost a quarter of his vision. After three days in hospital, his neurologist asked him to not do anything strenuous for three months while he recovered. During this time Dana painted…


Hangry New Yorkers Find There’s No Such Thing as a Grubhub Free Lunch

Hangry New Yorkers Find There’s No Such Thing as a Grubhub Free Lunch

In an amusingly “too-good-to-be-true” campaign, popular delivery platform GrubHub offered every single New Yorker a free lunch on Tuesday — prompting an unsurprising system crash, mayhem at local restaurants, and thousands of hangry customers shut out of the gratis meal promo.  As you may have guessed, there is no such thing as a free lunch,…

Grab Your Credit Cards, Century 21 is Making a New York Comeback!

Grab Your Credit Cards, Century 21 is Making a New York Comeback!

Attention, bargain shoppers — the much loved, erstwhile discount designer destination Century 21 is getting a restock. Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) reports the COVID-shuttered department store plans to reopen its flagship FiDi location in 2023. Retail and hospitality firm Legends, the management company behind merchandising at the MLB flagship on Sixth Avenue, Yankee Stadium, and…

LGBTQ+ Community Seeks Answers in Disappearance and Mysterious Death of Julio Ramirez

LGBTQ+ Community Seeks Answers in Disappearance and Mysterious Death of Julio Ramirez

Friends, family, investigators and the LGBTQ+ community are seeking answers in the disappearance and mysterious death of 25-year-old Julio Ramirez, last seen leaving the Ritz Bar and Lounge in Hell’s Kitchen. Julio Ramirez was a masters graduate of the University of Buffalo working as a mental health counselor and living in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Ramirez was…

¡Americano! — the Musical Story of a Dreamer Shared by Author and Actor

¡Americano! — the Musical Story of a Dreamer Shared by Author and Actor

Seeing your life’s hardest moments depicted onstage is a distinctly uncanny feeling — one that Tony Valdovinos, the real-life inspiration for new musical ¡Americano! is still getting used to. “When I watch the show, it’s not just my story,” he said. “It’s the story of the organizers. It’s the story of students getting together from…

AIDS Walk New York Returns to Central Park on Sunday — and You Can Still Join

AIDS Walk New York Returns to Central Park on Sunday — and You Can Still Join

After two years of fighting both COVID-19 and HIV remotely, one of the city’s longest-standing public health fundraisers, the AIDS Walk New York, returns to Central Park this Sunday.  Now in its 35th year, AIDS Walk New York has planned a full morning of activity —  including an opening ceremony, the traditional 4-mile walk beginning…

Trees, Tech and AC Top Poll for Million Dollar West Side Funding

Trees, Tech and AC Top Poll for Million Dollar West Side Funding

The votes are in — and the million-dollar discretionary funding available to West Siders from the City’s budget has been allocated towards more trees, technology upgrades and an air conditioning repair at a Hell’s Kitchen school. More than 2,000 West Siders cast their ballot to choose which proposed projects will be put in front of…

Old Italian Torta Recipe Brings Memories of Alps Drugstore and Lots of Spinach

Old Italian Torta Recipe Brings Memories of Alps Drugstore and Lots of Spinach

We recently shared nostalgic posters of the Ninth Avenue International Food Festival, and asked for your memories. In response, reader Sherrie Allan shared her copy of the Ninth Avenue Festival Cookbook from 1974. Seemed like the perfect opportunity to take some of those Hell’s Kitchen recipes and see if they could be recreated! Step up…

Surprise Delete of ‘SpeakerCoJo’ Twitter Triggers Look at City Archive Policy

Surprise Delete of ‘SpeakerCoJo’ Twitter Triggers Look at City Archive Policy

When former City Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s official Twitter account abruptly vanished in January, social media observers and good-government watchdogs were left wondering if he had scrubbed four years of pithy political posts to make way for a career as a lobbyist. Katie Honan, The City This article was originally published on May 11 4:24pm…

Lime Moped Quietly Ends its Ride Sharing Program in New York

Lime Moped Quietly Ends its Ride Sharing Program in New York

In the city’s latest moped race, battery-powered Revel has revved ahead across the finish line —  as competitor Lime quietly ends its ride sharing program in Manhattan less than a year after it began.  The eclectic transportation company, based out of California, launched last spring as a cheaper alternative to the omnipresent blue Revel Vespa-style…

From Wall Street to Fashion Week — Jason Brings Style to 9th Avenue

From Wall Street to Fashion Week — Jason Brings Style to 9th Avenue

Jason Alexander didn’t plan for a career in fashion. London-born and St Lucia-raised, Alexander had earned a university degree in business, moved to New York, and was working on Wall Street when he found himself pulled in an entirely new direction. “My job was on Wall Street but it wasn’t something that I was passionate…

Hell’s Kitchen’s Filipino Culinary History Stirred By 1974 Shredded Beef Recipe

Hell’s Kitchen’s Filipino Culinary History Stirred By 1974 Shredded Beef Recipe

We recently shared nostalgic posters of the Ninth Avenue International Food Festival, and asked for your memories. In response, reader Sherrie Allan shared her copy of the Ninth Avenue Festival Cookbook from 1974. Seemed like the perfect opportunity to take some of those Hell’s Kitchen recipes and see if they could be recreated! Step up…

Prepare to Stomp and Stop the Chomp Because Spotted Lanternflies are Back

Prepare to Stomp and Stop the Chomp Because Spotted Lanternflies are Back

They’re back… and it’s time for action! Spotted Lanternflies have once again been seen in Hell’s Kitchen — and this time it’s their babies (known as nymphs) leading the charge.  The pesky pests that play havoc with our trees are BIG trouble — and the advice of everyone (even environmental conservationists) is to “squish ‘em”…

How Much?!? Take a Wild Ride Through the West Side Real Estate Market

How Much?!? Take a Wild Ride Through the West Side Real Estate Market

We’re living in one of the wildest housing markets in recent history — from surging rents, to never-before-seen sale prices, to aggressive renters offering well over asking prices, New York’s real estate sector feels a little bit like a battlefield, but should you choose to charge into the fray, here are a few of the…

Graffiti on Subway Surges as World Visits NYC for ‘Risky Game’

Graffiti on Subway Surges as World Visits NYC for ‘Risky Game’

The deaths of two French artists last month highlight a recent spike in the number of subway graffiti reports as well as the enduring allure of tagging New York trains. Jose Martinez, THE CITY This article was originally published on May 5 at 6:48pm EDT by THE CITY On April 18, the French graffiti artist…

Two Men Killed in Shooting at Hell’s Kitchen Recording Studio

Two Men Killed in Shooting at Hell’s Kitchen Recording Studio

Police are searching for four suspects after two men were killed early this morning at a recording studio on W37th Street just east of 9th Avenue. The recording space at Nightlife Productions studio has been operating in the neighborhood for over 15 years. City Council Member Erik Bottcher spoke to studio owner Bernadette Brennan after…

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