Good morning and happy Thursday. The sun is going to beat down today and we will feel hot, hot, hot! The afternoon temperature will just hit 90, but it will feel about 5 degrees higher! Summer is here…

Before GrubHub, Seamless and Sweetgreen took over New York’s quick-bite market, there were delis, diners and cafeterias. And while a hearty cohort of delis and diners remain on the scene, the city’s automats and cafeterias are long gone — except for in the pages of photographer Marcia Bricker Halperin’s new book Kibbitz and Nosh: When We All Met at Dubrow’s Cafeteria, an evocative tribute to the last days of the cafes that served everyone from vaudeville veterans to the city’s once-thriving Garment District factory workers. Read more…

Lunchtime, Dubrow's Cafeteria, Garment District, 1975

Stand-up comedian Vicky Kuperman took a circuitous route to arrive in Hell’s Kitchen in 2001, but she’s been here ever since and can’t imagine living anywhere else. Read Vicky’s West Side Story…

Vicky Kuperman and Lili Fable at Poseidon Bakery

What we’ve been reading

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

NYC’s Independence Day fireworks caused air pollution similar to wildfire smoke. (Gothamist)

Former Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife are separating. (New York Times💰)

The GOATham Festival will be taking place in Riverside Park on Friday. (West Side Rag)

This Narcan vending machine is already stopping overdoses. (Curbed💰)

Ryan Sutton is back with his food critiques — and here’s a fab list of affordable Hell’s Kitchen food. (The LO Times)

Freeze Frame

Local 42 Bar

We are excited that there’s a NEW dive bar coming to 9th Avenue later this summer. The sign appeared over the weekend for “Local 42 Bar” — which is taking over the space between W41st/42nd Street previously occupied by Dave’s Irish Tavern. The new bar, by the team who have brought the neighborhood Steak Frites, Lovely’s Old Fashioned and Zillions Pizza, plans to keep some of Dave’s nostalgia. Get ready for a mid-August opening…

Happy birthday to Ruth Walker.