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Domus is SEW supportive!

VIDEOS BY DAMON WEBSTER The Domus tree cozy is back on W44th Street between 9/10th Avenue, and it’s been updated to add support for essential workers and Black Lives Matter. Domus co-owner Luisa Cerutti was spotted “yarn bombing” this afternoon outside her store in Hell’s Kitchen. It’s the fourth tree cozy to be sewn onto […]

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Teen Tragedy at Manhattan Plaza

NYPD is reporting that a 13-year-old fell twenty floors to his death from Manhattan Plaza in Hell’s Kitchen this morning at around 6am. The teenager, Matthew Pierre, had been on the terrace at 400 W43rd Street doing his homework, his family told police, according to the New York Post. The New York Daily News reported […]

The Plastic Bag Ban is Back

Time to dig out those reusable bags, because after months of legal wrangling, today the ban on single-use plastic shopping bags comes into force across New York State.It was way back on March 1 that the Bag Waste Reduction Law took effect – part of eco-friendly plans to cut the number of bags used across […]

West Side Story: Aleta LaFargue

Aleta LaFargue, Hell’s Kitchen native and one of Manhattan Plaza’s first babies, has served as their Tenant President for the last 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 […]

Rats Leaving New York City!

Here’s an occasion where New Yorkers are happy to let the Los Angelenos take a spot above them – the survey of the US’s rattiest cities! Winner of the dubious title is Chicago, Rat Kings for the six year in a row. But where was NYC, we hear you ask? For the third time in […]

The Odd Brokers who deserve an Oscar (and Felix)

When you’re asked to sell an apartment belonging to Carole Shelley, star of stage, screen and TV versions of New York comedy The Odd Couple, who died in 2018, what you gonna do to make it stand out from the crowd? Listings brokers Mark D. Friedman and Richard Rosenthal, of Brown Harris Stevenscame up with […]

The Mean Fiddler is Closing

“With a heavy heart, we have to say goodbye to all customers who have entered our doors and danced the night away,” wrote Patrick McNamee on the Mean Fiddler’s Facebook page at midnight last night. “We have tried in vain to make a deal with the landlord but it wasn’t to be. This has been […]


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West Side Story: Elisha & Laila Ortiz

In March, Elisha Ortiz was 3 months pregnant. She was locked down at home with her husband at their one-bedroom apartment in Hell’s Kitchen covering breaking news for NBC. She documented her rapidly changing tastes and own PPP (Pandemic Pregnancy Pizza) in our Best Pizza story. Now, baby Laila has arrived and is ready for […]

West Side Story: Michael Barth

Michael Barth is a 26-year-old Wall Street associate. Last month he got a call from a four-star Admiral to tell him that his work with the Coast Guard Auxiliary (the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard) had been outstanding — he was given the “Auxiliarist of the Year” award. As Admiral Karl Schultz, […]

Eliza Hamilton – will she be able not to sob?

Krystal Joy Brown can’t wait to get back on stage. She’s been playing Eliza Schuyler in Hamilton on Broadway since mid-December. But she has one reservation about re-opening night: “When the show starts, the crowd always applauds at the line ‘Alexander Hamilton. My name is Alexander Hamilton’ and I don’t think that I will be […]


Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – literally!

They’ve released the trailer for the upcoming movie version of the West End hit musical “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” – and it’s struck a chord in the neighborhood. Telling the story of a teenager in Sheffield, England who dreams of becoming a drag star, the movie is slated to arrive in US movie theaters in […]

Joe Allen is ready for reopening

In a sign that New York is coming back, the “after the show” favorite eatery, Joe Allen, is reopening on Restaurant Row this evening. General Manager Mary Hattman took a New York minute to send a quick video message and tour us around the new outside dining, which has been designed by David Rockwell. The […]

Saturday Night Comes Begging

Victor Rallo is Beverage Director and Partner at Esca on W43rd St between 9/10th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen. He shared his harrowing Saturday night experience with us. “I saw a man walking through our planters separating our courtyard from West 43rd and Ninth Avenue. This night was about to change.” The weather was great and […]

WANTED: Male Adult Toy Tester

Do you fancy testing and writing about four sex toys a week? Well, this $36,000 a year job might just be for you. Badum-Tish, a leading adult toy advice platform, is spreading the net to Hell’s Kitchen to appoint a ‘Male Adult Toy Tester’. The successful candidate will be required to review at least four […]

Cheers to better landlords

I had to pinch myself when I heard that the MTA had actually done something good. For an organization that competes with Mayor de Blasio for the wooden spoon in any New York popularity contest, their announcement that they will be helping local businesses with rent was amazing news. The MTA plans to change tenants’ […]

Deli love in the time of coronavirus

Almost exactly two years ago, I posted a picture of myself on Instagram with two neighborhood corner deli friends. W42ST asked me to write an article about these bodega pals for their October 2018 Hell’s Kitchen Heroes issue. I’ve watched these guys, Wally (Wahlid) and Hamza grow up behind the counter of their family’s corner […]

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