Good morning and happy Friday. We got the rain out of the way early this morning, so we are now ready for an amazing weekend. Have fun in the sun…



Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors is a high-octane, low-down, hilarious reimagining of the gothic classic. With fangs of fury and abs of steel, the stakes are high for Count D as he flees lady vampire hunter Jean Van Helsing and her motley entourage. If you’re a sucker for a bash brimming with bits, bites and bats, you can B Positive that this 90-minute, gender-bending, quick-change Stoker-joker is just your type. This Dracula has got the chops to make it on stage and leave audiences dying for more. He may not be the next Phantom, but he’s in the same vein. You can Count on it. draculacomedy.com

Hell’s Kitchen actor, singer, composer, director and teacher Anita Hollander lost her leg to cancer in 1982 and moved to NYC the following year — where she promotes greater inclusion, accessibility and employment in the entertainment industry and is currently carrying on the fight on the SAG-AFTRA picket line. Read Anita’s West Side Story…

Anita Hollander at Manhattan Plaza Health Club pool

What we’ve been reading

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

The numbers are bearing out warnings of a Manhattan construction crisis. (The Real Deal💰)

How dancers are exploring the power of rest to improve their balance. (All Arts)

Mayor and local officials want to convert Midtown offices to housing. (New York Times💰)

The architectural connection made by bridges between New York’s boros. (Architectural Digest)

What is in your future? Ads inside fortune cookies, apparently! (Crain’s💰)

Freeze Frame

Summer streets

Tomorrow is Summer Streets, the annual five-borough event that closes miles of thoroughfares to cars from 7am to 1pm and opens them up to walkers, bikers, runners, dogs, strollers and gawkers. We were out yesterday exploring for our sister publication, Manhattan Sideways, in Harlem. We checked out one block on either side of Adam Clayton Boulevard (yes, Summer Streets goes that far uptown) on 116th Street. Read about our discoveries by subscribing to the Sideways newsletter. Just click this link.

Happy birthdays to Michael D’Angora, Alvaro, Shiri Eshel and Audrey Stimpson Rosenfeld.