Good morning and happy Wednesday. Today will be a little cloudier than yesterday — without the wind gusts. We’ve currently got a forecast of rain for Saturday, so focus your outdoor weekend plans on Sunday.

Amtrak plans to partially resume its Empire Line rail service out of Penn Station as early as Thursday morning, with a full restoration expected by Friday night. Despite these updates, uncertainty remains over when the parking garage will reopen, which has left over 100 vehicles belonging to Hell’s Kitchen residents stranded. Read more…

Antrak Parking Garage


The worldwide and West Side enthusiasm for pickleball is now being matched by four brand-new courts at W34th Street in Hudson River Park. Read more…

HRPK Pickleball Courts

What we’ve been reading

As New York’s e-bike legislation cycle rolls on, Councilmember Gale Brewer has put the brakes on some ideas. It’s hard to keep up… (West Side Rag)

NYPD is making greater use of drones to police the City. (Gothamist)

Penn Station is falling short on food options for LIRR commuters. (Newsday)

A 747 had to dump 20 tons of fuel and return to JFK Airport after a horse escaped its crate inside the plane. (Eyewitness News)

The founder of Chipotle is opening Kernel, a vegetarian fast-casual restaurant that will be operated mostly by robots. (Eater)

Freeze Frame

Slow moving NYPD vehicles

Can any reader shed light on this train of slow-moving NYPD vehicles escorting a black van around the West Side? We see it all the time, sometimes with three cars surrounding it, oftentimes more. Hit reply…

Happy birthday to George Hahn.