Good morning and happy Thursday. Peeking out the window, it’s already a glorious-looking morning. It will feel like fall is arriving as overnight temperatures drop below 60 degrees. Enjoy this refreshing September day (and night).

Over 100 industry leaders and concerned residents participated in a public hearing by the Department of Transportation yesterday, with a majority of participants slamming the DOT’s proposal to institute wider four-wheeled cargo bikes that go up to speeds of 20 miles per hour in bike lanes — and one issuing the dire warning: “If this passes, there is no doubt this will end in dead cyclists.” Read more…

Amazon e Cargo bike Launch

Actively engaging with our neighborhood is more vital than ever — and here in Hell’s Kitchen, there are many volunteer opportunities to support fellow neighbors, local public spaces and cultural organizations. In this year’s W42ST Best of Awards, we have a new category — BEST COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION. Cast your vote now…

W42ST Best of Awards 2023

What we’ve been reading

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

Airbnb in NYC: In August, there were some 22,000 short-term listings. As of September 5, there were 6,841. (Wired)

Is Andrew Cuomo getting ready for a comeback? (Epicenter)

Nordstrom has a new Broadway-themed cocktail bar. (WWD)

The noise of New York’s restaurants could be a sign of recovery, according to ex-mayor Bloomberg. (Grub Street💰)

Farewell to feedback, hello to feedforward… (WSJ)

Freeze Frame

Il Divino

And just like that… We bid “adiós” to Rincon 50 at the corner of 9th Avenue and W50th — and said “benvenuto” to Il Divino. The new sign went up yesterday afternoon, and by the evening, we could see a “friends and family” event at the new restaurant. Has anyone tried it yet?

Il Divino

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