Happy Monday. How was your weekend? Ours was filled with flowers and sweet perfume — more of that later!

Voting started on Saturday in the Democratic primary elections to replace term-limited Corey Johnson as the New York City council member for District 3 (which includes Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea and the West Village). There are six candidates on the ballot. This weekend, all six of those candidates denounced an advert backed by real estate developers through a political action committee (PAC). Read more…

All the world’s a stage, said Shakespeare — and one local theater company is about to take that literally. From June 17, INTAR is staging its MicroTEATRO Festival at some pretty unusual Hell’s Kitchen venues. Details here…


What we’ve been reading

Using a fake COVID vaxx card could land you in jail for a year! (Gothamist)

In the NYC mayoral race, grabbing second place might be good enough to win. (New York Times)

A study says there have been 1,400 premature deaths from NYC car pollution. (Streetsblog)

An epic Central Park concert is promised for August. (Vulture)

In the Heights didn’t reach the expected high notes on box office receipts this weekend. (amNY)

Freeze Frame

Congratulations to Hell’s Kitchen resident and Meatpacking District’s Executive Director Jeffrey LeFrancois for putting on the L.E.A.F. Festival of Flowers this weekend. More than 100 florists created displays throughout storefronts and plazas for a European-style flower market. Thanks to Gwen Baker for the photo.