Good morning. How was the start of your week? The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for New York City for Thursday from 8am to 11pm — so get ready for a heatwave!

The US Small Business Administration updated its list of Shuttered Venue grants yesterday. Another 50 local arts organizations have been collectively awarded over $100m from the federal government’s initiative. Read the highlights (from Playwrights Horizons to Russian Samovar) and full local list here…

Chana and Bailey from HK Free Store have organized a Swap and Share Event this Thursday at Hartley House. “We’re thrilled to use Hartley House’s outdoor historic courtyard for the event, keeping fresh air and distancing on our minds. HK Free Store doesn’t accept clothing or other textiles because of space and other constraints — the time is ripe for more neighborhood sharing of these items. It will be an opportunity to swap clothes, shoes, accessories, textiles, and more,” they told us.

Hartley House is at 413 W46th Street (between 9/10th Ave). The event takes place Thursday 8/12 between 6:30-8:30pm. More details here…


Mark Fisher Fitness is offering two free workouts at NYC’s friendliest, quirkiest gym! Click here…

What we’ve been reading

West Side Story (even without Scott Rudin) is not returning to Broadway. (Vulture)

No back pay for New York City Ballet musicians. (Crain’s)

In leafy NYC, more money means more trees. (Streetsblog)

WFH looks like continuing until after September. (Gothamist)

There was a vigil last night for Barry — Central Park’s barred owl. (NY1)

Freeze Frame

This shot of Restaurant Row by local Instagramer Dicas de Nova York just says summer. What’s gonna be your playlist for an opentop cruise around Hell’s Kitchen?