Good morning and happy Friday. We’ll be missing rainbows this PRIDE weekend — unless, by some miracle, the sun breaks through this gloom. It’s hot and humid, punctuated with heavy rain showers and possible thunderstorms. Here’s our PRIDE bar guide to finding AC and a Margarita indoors…

You can now stand on W54th Street and explore a 3D rendering of the Centro Maria site using an AR app. It’s your chance to scan future urban development projects in Hell’s Kitchen in real time! Read more…

Centro Maria renderings

Judy Xu is a creator of whimsical crochet creatures. Between her day job and diverse food adventures, she finds time to surprise local businesses with her handmade creations. Here’s her West Side Story…

Judy Xu Crochet

What we’ve been reading

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

The only way is up… increases approved for rent-stabilized apartments. (NBC)

The illegal smoke shop crackdown is beginning, according to Governor Hochul. (New York Post)

Lab-grown chicken could soon be on the menu in the US. (New York Times💰)

When you get written a ticket for riding on the sidewalk, it’s time to write about it. (Slate)

New York is the best place in the world — unless you have a disability. (Cup of Jo)

Freeze Frame

Tom Zuback Pigeons 9th Ave

Someone needs to tell those pesky pigeons that the 9th Avenue “Super Sidewalk” is neither their runway or their feeding ground! Thanks to Tom Zuback for this photo.

Happy birthday to Megan Sanko.