Good morning and happy October! It’s looking like a beautiful day — and we’re heading up above 42nd Street today to take a peek at Summit One Vanderbilt which opens later this month.

On the way back west, we’re going to pop into the New York Public Library. A lock of Beethoven’s hair and Charles Dickens’s letter opener made out of his dead cat’s paw are just some of the objects we’re planning to take a look at in the Polonsky Exhibition of library’s treasures. Details here…

If you go down to 9th Avenue today, you’re sure of a big surprise… Two Hell’s Kitchen’s bears, who have survived 18 months of the pandemic, have been separated in a late-night bear-napping. Bear facts here…


What we’ve been reading

From dorm life to “quiet” Hell’s Kitchen — an NYC apartment story. (Brick Underground)

MTA police are enforcing the mask mandate on the subways. (Eye Witness News)

She survived the Spanish Flu in 1918 — but died of COVID aged 105. (New York Daily News)

You’re welcome — Mayor De Blasio heralds precinct greeter and “community guides”. (PIX11)

A little West Side Highway history lesson. (Untapped Cities)

Freeze Frame

EXCLUSIVE: A W42ST reader has shared video footage of two late-night revelers dragging the Yankee Bear (and his chair) past Atlas Social Club at 12:25am on Thursday morning.

We’ve just spoken to Gossip Bar about the new development. “Everyone at Gossip has been searching for Yankee Bear. Some customers even went up to Yankee stadium to see if the bear maybe escaped the bear nappers and headed back to the Bronx,” said Gossip boss Keiran Greene. “One of our customers reached out to Corey Johnson’s office for help — but he is also MIA!”

The exclusive video identifies the bear thieves, but at the moment the bar has agreed to just release this one frame showing the backs of the party pair in the hope of a safe return. “We don’t care about the chair, we want our bear!” said Greene.

While the kidnappers are still at large, we are told that extra security measures are being taken at Rudy’s to keep Baron von Swine safe.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of the bear, please call Kieran on (212) 265-2720.

Happy birthday to Daniel Parisi and Jason Witcher.