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Today’s W42ST Daily presented by TFC — 8/5/2020

Summer is racing by. I chatted yesterday with the boss of a brand new rooftop bar that will be opening after Labor Day above a Midtown hotel. There are small signs that tourists from non-quarantined states are heading to New York. The American Museum of Natural History will re-open in September. I can feel the momentum of a comeback.

I spent the afternoon messaging over 80 contacts at local hotels to check in and see what their plans are. I knew there would be bounce backs, but the ring of so many “email undelivered” messages was heartbreaking. So many connections no longer at their desks serving the city’s visitors. They will be back, I hope, as will be those visitors.

We report today on a petition being signed by locals to “Demand your right to quality of life in Hell’s Kitchen! Close the homeless shelters in our neighborhood now!”  The city’s experiment, delivering thousands of people to local hotels with no support plan (or a plan that failed), should be ended. Read more here. 

We wrote on Monday about how bars and restaurants cannot pay their rent — and landlords aren’t budging. In all those percentages, there are some good landlords lost. Remember Ruth’s inspiring obituary to Barry Haviv. Share your story – we know there are good apples out there in the neighborhood, and we want to raise them up as an example. Just hit reply.

In half a century, TF Cornerstone (TFC) has transformed the Long Island City waterfront, developed some of the first residential buildings in the Financial District & Hudson Yards, and revitalized the Meatpacking District. TFC continues to cultivate the surrounding community long after a project’s completion date. Learn more…

Neighborhood favorite Marseille is embracing the ethos of the bouillon, a style of Parisian restaurant known for traditional fare at modest prices. ‘Allo ‘Allo!

There will be no Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall this Christmas. So sad…

Which NYPD officers have most complaints against them? Rogues gallery…

Nice piece about how Irish Arts Center is coping in the pandemic. Bright future…

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