Good morning and happy Friday. We’re getting very excited about everything opening up in New York City and the upcoming PRIDE weekend. Did you catch Madonna previewing her “No fear, Courage, Resist” video on the big screens in Times Square last night?

Yesterday lunchtime, we rubbed shoulders with the lead actors of Hamilton and Tina as Shelly Fireman reopened Bond 45 on W47th Street. We’ve also got updates on reopening for Joe Allen, Glass House Tavern, Bar Centrale, Orso, On the Rocks and Casellula. Details here…

The latest Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) designed skyscraper to grace the west side, The Spiral is really taking shape — and what a shape it is! BIG won plaudits and awards with VIA, its distorted pyramid on W57th Street, and with The Spiral the design company is again thinking outside of the box. More pics and details here…


Many of us will have suffered iffy service at local bars and restaurants recently. It will get better. This re-tweet from Eater Critic and Hell’s Kitchen resident Ryan Sutton sums it up well. Take any criticism/thoughts to the owner/manager — bad online reviews destroy businesses.

What we’ve been reading

Restaurant workers are starting to feel safer in New York. (Grub Street)

Curious about new developments in the neighborhood? Here’s how to check them out. (Brick Underground)

There were nearly 100,000 rent relief applications in NYC in just two weeks. (The Real Deal)

Chaos with Immigration Court appointments raise fears of deportation. (Documented)

Have moths been partying in your closet during the pandemic? (New York Times)

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Did you see the Strawberry Moon over the city last night? It was burning bright. Thanks to @i_heart_nyc for the photo.