Good morning and welcome to the weekend. It’s going to be a cloudy Saturday, but still the temperature will crack 80 degrees this afternoon. Tomorrow will set the tone for the week, with a mix of cloud and sun and low 70s… Enjoy!

One of the city’s most beloved Broadway resources, TKTS is about to celebrate 50 years of providing discounted same-day theater tickets to grateful New Yorkers and visitors. Read more…

tkts red steps

Here’s the rest of the news from Hell’s Kitchen this week…

The 19 cannon shots heard by Hell’s Kitchen residents last weekend were not for the Coronation of King Charles III — they were for the commissioning of USS Cooperstown at Pier 88. Read more…

USS Cooperstown

Award-winning composer/lyricist and professional pianist Seth Bisen-Hersh definitely feels in tune with Hell’s Kitchen — “I love the energy on the streets,” he says. His current project is a short film about his grandmother’s Holocaust experience. Read Seth’s West Side Story…

Seth Bisen-Hersh Hell's Kitchen

With a push from Governor Phil Murphy, the agency that policed New York Harbor’s docks is dying. A history of union corruption, the mob, exorbitant salaries and a lack of diversity remains. Read more…

Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor Annual Report

Look up! The High Line has now appeared on Dyer Avenue — with plans to continue all the way to Pier 76 on the Hudson River. The construction is the first phase of a $60m plan originally put forward by Governor Andrew Cuomo in January 2021. Read more…

High Line

Deborah Heard is a familiar, smiling face around Hell’s Kitchen with her dogs Max and Princess — and often with an extra pup she’s dog sitting. Read her West Side Story…

Deborah Heard with pups

This week in the Manhattan Sideways daily newsletter, we talked about when Bryant Park was a wartime community garden in 1918 — and checked out a W54th St cooperative where you can find tech startups, senior and youth programming, an authentic Jamaican cafe and racing turtles all in one place!

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War Garden Bryant Park

Hell’s Kitchen’s revolving real estate door turns again, as the neighborhood prepares for two new housing developments being built in the West 50s — and a century-old church residence is demolished. Read more…

Centro Maria
Salsa Pier 76 HRPK

Director of marketing and communications Tom Fervoy has been in Hell’s Kitchen since the 1980s, when he was a regular on All My Children. Tom’s West Side Story includes an encounter with Whitney Houston… Read more…

Tom Fervoy

Crispy, Korean-style fried chicken is here in Hell’s Kitchen! Say hello to Koji Chicken, a new venture combining two restaurateurs’ passions for fried chicken and bubble tea in a friendly, well-lit counter cafe. Read more…

Koji Chicken

Baker Jim Lahey is a familiar face around Hell’s Kitchen, and his award-winning Sullivan Street Bakery is a firm favorite in the neighborhood. Read Jim’s West Side Story…

Jim Lahey Sullivan Street Bakery

Check out Sarah’s latest edition of “Make Way for the Weekend” for ideas of what to do around New York. Read more…

Cosmos Hall

The West Side’s crown jewel Hudson River Park turns 25 this year — and as we patiently await the completion of Pier 97, the beloved green space will host hundreds of public events between May and November — including yoga, a barbecue and music festival as well as sunset salsa classes at Piers 76 and 84 in Hell’s Kitchen. Read more…

From Miami to NYC, Ryan Brodsky shares his love for Hell’s Kitchen, embracing community, and his journey to becoming the “Mayor and First Dog” of W40th Street! Read Ryan’s West Side Story…

Ryan Brodsky Astro's Dog Run

What we’ve been reading

* Stories that might be behind a paywall are marked with a 💰

Breaking Ground chases back rent at Times Square supportive housing. (Gothamist)

Arrivals slept in police stations during the migrant crisis of the 1890s. (WSJ)

Are food halls the secret to getting workers back to the office? (Crain’s💰)

Margaritaville in Times Square has a debt problem. (Bisnow)

Happy 10th birthday to Citi Bike! (Curbed💰)

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Bella Abzug Park

The flower beds at Bella Abzug Park look spectacular. We have so little green space in Hell’s Kitchen, so drifting down and grabbing a chair at Hudson Yards is tempting. Enjoy this Mother’s Day weekend…


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