W42ST Daily 4/30/2020

Good morning.  It’s time to bid farewell to April, and welcome in May.

The days have merged into each other, but I’m determined not to let the months disappear. I’m using this month end to make a few changes in my world. How about you?

First up, health and fitness. Weighing scales have been introduced into the quarantine quarters – and in six weeks, I’ve put on 6lb. My mind immediately jumped to: “If we’re on lockdown for two years, I’m going to be 100lb heavier!” So it’s three fitness sessions and three bike rides a week for me.

The food front is pretty good. Sharing confinement with a vegetarian has driven me to a much healthier diet. However, reducing my alcohol intake is on the change list.  

Nourishing the mind and switching off is next up. My book reading has been on pause, along with New York City. I’ve managed 70% of one book in six weeks. So I’m planning to read two books in May. One will be rereading EB White’s Here is New York. At 68 pages, that’s got to be an easy win. Any other suggestions? My sister sent me this today. Urbanism without Guarantees by Christian M Anderson (about the gentrification of a single street in Hell’s Kitchen – W46th St). I want to read it, but will it switch me off?

Send me your resolutions – or maybe you’re making a bucket list?  LMK.

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Imagine a New York market without kale. Place it in front of Esposito Meat Market, Sea Breeze, and the International Grocer. Nestle it under the 9th Avenue Elevated Railroad. We give you Paddy’s Market.

We now have 99 different places on our “Hell’s Kitchen in OPEN!” list. Have a check to see if we’ve missed one? We want to get to 100. Please share with your friends.

The latest addition is Stony Hill Farm Market. You’ll know them as the farm market that sets up in between Esca and the Little Pie Company on W43rd St each Saturday from May through to the fall. They are offering curbside pickup 10am-1pm this Saturday (at the usual place). Order online before 10am tomorrow (Friday) to enjoy their farm fresh food.

Our fabulous food writer Michael Muñoz features W42ST editor Ruth Walker in his podcast this week. Listen to the latest episode of Hell’s Kitchen food goodness on In Yo’ Mouth.

Get the virtual confetti ready – online weddings will begin next week. Ding dong…

This year’s Lucille Lortel Awards will be presented online. Gong gong…

How one Times Square bodega is battling to keep going though the pandemic. Read more…

How our energy use charts the ebb and flow of daily life in NYC under lockdown. Recharge…

Think you’ve got what it takes to be a Broadway sensation? Playbill has a competition that could put you in the spotlight. Star here…

Tonight’s sing along is Stand By Me. Sing song…

Stand By Me (Otis Redding).  Handwritten lyrics taped to the fence by USNS Comfort.


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