Good morning and happy Wednesday. If you thought it was hot the last few days, it will be even hotter today. It’s forecast to tip into the 90s this afternoon — and the air quality is currently an unhealthy 137! Let’s be careful out there…

Meanwhile, there’s an opportunity for a deal in a luxury apartment on 8th Avenue — and you could get two months rent-free! The Biltmore, a towering 53-story residence nestled between Hell’s Kitchen and the Theater District, has launched an affordable housing lottery for 24 of its studio apartments. Read more…

The Biltmore on 8th Avenue


Actor and screenwriter Victor Colicchio has lived in Hell’s Kitchen since the neighborhood was “too hot to handle for most people.” Vic’s West Side Story includes the last Times Square apple drop and appearing on stage with George C Scott. Read more…

Victor Colicchio

What we’ve been reading

* Stories that might be behind a paywall are marked with a 💰

Will the 4th of July fireworks ever come back to the Hudson River? (CBS)

Amid complexities, migrants face deadlines to apply for asylum — “I have a PhD and there’s no way I could do it.” (New York Times💰)

UCB will reopen this fall, with new owners and a new location. (Vulture)

What can be done about catcalling and harassment on NYC’s streets? (Gothamist)

Lincoln Center is celebrating 50 years of hip-hop next month. (NYS Music)

Freeze Frame

Carnival Venezia

Looking out onto the Hudson this morning and seeing the Carnival Venezia heading up the river left us with no doubts that the wildfire smoke is still lingering in the city. Looking at the Canadian map of the fires, this could be the last day. Fingers crossed.

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