Hello on heatwave Tuesday! It’s likely to be the hottest day this year so far. When the haze burns off we could get a heat index above 100 degrees this afternoon. Hope you can find some AC to sit in!

Yesterday, we listened in to the response of Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Chief of Department Rodney Harrison to Sunday’s shooting in Times Square. They pointed the finger at Times Square CD panhandlers as they promised to “flood the zone” with police. More here…

The Department of Homeless Services is starting to move homeless residents from Hell’s Kitchen hotels back to congregate shelters this week. More details here…

What we’ve been reading

There are still some chances to join the Whitney’s Queer History Walks. (Whitney)

New York’s economy is lagging behind other states in pandemic recovery. (CNN)

Two-part Harry Potter returns to Broadway as a single show. (New York Times)

Buttigieg and Schumer commit to solving Hudson Tunnel issues. (New York Post)

Kings of Kobe make the NYC hot dog hit parade. (Eater)

Freeze Frame

Ninth Avenue is looking brighter after Il Punto Ristorante brought some traditional Sicilian color to their outdoor dining area on the corner of W38th Street. Antonio at Il Punto told us that he’d seen artist, c1mah, working a block away on a Curbside Canvas project for #nowyork and had commissioned him to brighten up the eatery. Grazie Mille!

Belated happy birthday to Aleta LaFargue.