Happy Monday. The good news is that the showers have disappeared for the day — but temperatures are dropping! Overnight it could be as low as 32 degrees with a windy start to Tuesday. Wrap up…

Lucky Strike on the corner of W42nd Street and 12th Avenue has been added to the long list of Hell’s Kitchen pandemic casualties. Do you have any favorite memories of strikes at the bowling alley? More here…

It’s your last chance to nominate your favorite places for the W42ST Best of Awards 2021 — sponsored by Wells Fargo and supported by HYHK Alliance and The Durst Organization. Nominations close at 5pm today. We’ll then pull together shortlists for voting starting next Monday.

You can make your choices across seven categories:

Best Bar
Best Place to Eat
Best Place to Work Out
Best Coffee Shop
Best Retail Store
Best Service Provider (e.g. nail salons, dog walkers, dentists, etc)
Best Newcomer (businesses that opened since March 2020)


What we’ve been reading

Bill Ackerman (who built a tennis court on top of his Hell’s Kitchen office) has other big rooftop plans for the city. (New York Times)

Foreign travel is back — but is Times Square seeing more visitors? (USA Today)

Democratizing the arts in New York City — where does the money go? (New York Daily News)

Proof of vaccination is needed if you want to go see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade balloons getting inflated. (Gothamist)

Has someone been selling authentic Banksy artworks on the subway? (Secret NYC)

Freeze Frame

Here’s someone who loves New York and W42nd Street as much as we do. Commercial Pilot Helya posted on Instagram:

I love you New York
I love watching your sunsets and sunrises out of my window
I love walking in Metropolitan museum empty corridors an hour prior to its opening
I love your coldest winter days when the sun sets at 4 pm
I love your hottest summer nights when the sun sets after 9 pm
I love 6½ Avenue it gives me hope that there is Platform 9¾
I love you pre-pandemic and post-pandemic
I love your busy loud streets all day every day
I love your energy. It’s never enough of you
I love my very diverse Hells Kitchen neighborhood
I love your Metropolitan. A museum, an Opera, a Subway (even though it’s more an experience than a way of quick transportation)
I love exploring street fairs with all kinds of food, little cute things, etc
I love walking 52 blocks and 7 avenues just because
I love best greatest art of all time you’ve collected
I love your super-tall skyscrapers and red bricks houses
I love your soul
This is my city. I can’t wait to be home.

Happy belated birthday to Laura MacGill — and birthday wishes today to Gary Su.