Welcome to May and happy Monday! Did you hear that thunder in the early hours of the morning? Quite a welcome to the week…

In the latest episode of the “Never Ending Story” of 9th Avenue construction, more than 30 Hell’s Kitchen restaurants and bars were ordered to dismantle their outdoor dining structures over the weekend, leaving small business owners angry and frustrated at more than 500 outdoor dining seats being lost. Read more…

The outdoor dining at Prime Meat Rokko is demolished.

Summer hasn’t begun until you spot crowds of eager New Yorkers lined up at sunset for a performance or film screening in Midtown’s verdant jewelbox, Bryant Park — and this year’s lineup of free performances through the summer series, Bryant Park Picnic Performances presented by Bank of America has something for everyone. Read more…

The Town Hall Cenntenial Concert last summer at Bryant Park.

What we’ve been reading

Fatal stabbing at Dave & Buster’s appears to have been a dispute over a prize. (New York Times)

New York has a new food critic — this student is anonymously reviewing school lunches. (New York Post)

Mandatory composting for residential buildings moves a step closer. (6sqft)

Are you ready for full-scale casinos in New York? They’re coming… (Gothamist)

Michael Musto shares his life saving New York bike riding tips. (The Village Voice)

Freeze Frame

Meanwhile, some better news on 9th Avenue. Boxers is coming back to Hell’s Kitchen, in the old McDonald’s location between Gossip and Shaking Crab (W49/50th St). Thanks to @gaynycnow for the tip.

Happy birthday to Keith Sherman.