Good morning and happy Wednesday. The air quality index is back above 120 — and it’s adding to the gloom of this cloudy day. We’ve got the chance of rain throughout the day, with a high of 81 degrees this afternoon. We might get a good sunset, though…

A teenager has been arrested in Chicago in connection with the fatal stabbing last week at Pier 84 in Hell’s Kitchen, according to reports. Read more…

Pier 84 stabbing


Walking up the Hudson River just got even more scenic — two new captivating art sculptures were unveiled yesterday. Artists Susan Markowitz Meredith and Helen Draves will have their artworks on display just north of the W59th Street entrance to Riverside Park. Read more…

Helen Draves Hope Masks

What we’ve been reading

A price of $15 is being floated for New York’s congestion charge. (Streetsblog)

The rotating Astor Place cube is back — to the delight of drunken East Siders. (TimeOut)

The drinking water for 20% of New Yorkers might be delivered via lead pipes. (Gothamist)

Sadly, not much seems to have changed since this 1988 TV news report on street homelessness and mental illness. (Beta MAX)

You’d think they would have found a queer-owned restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen for this list!! (The Infatuation)

Freeze Frame

Music Flowers W51st St

Music and flowers on W51st Street. This scene brightened our afternoon yesterday.

Happy birthday to Ric Owens.