Good morning and happy Tuesday. Well, that was an interesting start to the day. Pink skies at sunrise accompanied by rain thumping against the window and flash flood warnings on the phone!

We’d like to propose a toast! Beloved Hell’s Kitchen wine and cheese bar Casellula is preparing to partner with well-established neighborhood wine bar brand Vin Sur Vingt as its new operator. Read more…

Brian Keyser Casellula

Think boxing is just blindly throwing a punch? Think again. Over on the W37th Street where Title Boxing once reigned, a new contender has entered the ring — the Victory Boxing Club, where owner and operator John Snow trains everyone from busy executives to recovering stroke patients, with a focus on the psychology behind every swing and jab — and the motto “you don’t have to be in my ring for me to be in your corner.” Read more…

John Snow Jim McKeon Victory Boxing

What we’ve been reading

Columbia University plunges in rankings as questions are raised over data. (Gothamist)

Congestion pricing is at a crossroads as cross-party opposition tries to put brakes on Governor. (Politics NY)

New redistricting map is due on September 22. (Gotham Gazette)

Architects talk about New York’s evolving skyline. (Inside Hook)

New York State’s pandemic emergency powers have finally expired. (New York Now)

Freeze Frame

Spotted Lanternfly hanging out

Yesterday afternoon saw a peak in Hell’s Kitchen’s spotted lanternfly infestation. In the 50s and around Waterline Square we saw hundreds crawling and flying. We watched building staff spraying, squishing with brooms and even vacuuming the pests away. What was your experience? Do you have any tips on how to get rid of them? We will be updating our advice tomorrow.

Happy birthday to Sam Hysell.

Remember to vote in the W42ST Best of Awards 2022 — sponsored by Wells Fargo and supported by Intrepid Museum and the Durst Organization. Vote here…

W42ST Best of Awards 2022