Happy Tuesday. We’ve got a newsletter packed with books today. Pull up a chair and prepare to flick some pages…

Great news for the city’s bookworms! From today, NYC’s libraries will no longer charge late fines on overdue circulating materials — and all late fees and replacement fees owed to the New York Public Library, Queens Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library will be waived. Details here…

This morning, Andrew Yang woke up in his Hell’s Kitchen home as a political free spirit. Yesterday, he announced that he had changed his voting registration from ‘Democrat’ to ‘Independent’. Also, there’s a nice anecdote about Hell’s Kitchen in his new book (out today). More here…


What we’ve been reading

Six: The Musical finally opens on Broadway — delayed from March 12, 2020. (Vulture)

New York City real estate is very much a family affair. (Crain’s)

Jimmy’s Corner bar reopens in midtown. (Gothamist)

How Gramercy Park turned from a “little crooked swamp” into Manhattan’s only private park. (Ephemeral New York)

The forgotten City Hall Riots — when New York’s first Black mayor tried to enforce reform on NYPD. (Intelligencer)

Freeze Frame

Back in July, we interviewed legendary music photographer Bob Gruen about his fly-on-the-wall photography in Hell’s Kitchen recording studios. Tonight at 7pm he’s going to be at the new Rough Trade store at 30 Rock for a conversation and book signing of his autobiography “Right Place — Right Time”. It’s a great opportunity to meet Bob and pick up a book (and some vinyl).

Happy birthday to the fabulous Sandra Mangan — the best sister and the world-class copy editor that keeps W42ST in check!