Good morning and happy Thursday. Slightly cooler today, but still unseasonably warm with clear skies all day. It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner…

The owners of beloved Hell’s Kitchen restaurant Chez Napoleon have set a fast-approaching reopening deadline — stating that if the single piece of paper keeping the 62-year-old institution shut is not issued imminently, they will close permanently on November 30, ending an 11-month struggle that has seen them lose $750,000 in revenue. Read more…

Chez Napoleon still closed in Hell's Kitchen

A man accused of torching Hell’s Kitchen outdoor dining sheds, smashing windows and trying to set fire to LGBTQIA+ spaces across the West Side in August 2021 has been charged with hate crimes after prosecutors found anti-gay material on his Facebook account. Alex Blodgett, 39, faces up to 25 years in prison if found guilty of the spree, where he is accused of setting 14 fires in one night. Read more…

Suspected arsonist attacks Atlas Social Club

What we’ve been reading

The recent hack at the New York Post was an inside job — and the young journalist has come clean… (The Daily Beast)

Advertising with drones is now a thing… Watch out on the river tonight for the light show. (Gothamist)

After the renovation at Lincoln Center, David Geffen pledges to “give every nickel away” of a fortune estimated to be $7.7 billion. (New York Times)

There’s a trick to saving money and avoiding airport crowds around the holidays. You’ll just have to spend more time with the in-laws. (WSJ)

Memories of “architectural jewel” The Windermere and W57th Street. (Joanna Paxinou)

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Paula Adbul and Dionne Warwick star in Macy's Thanksgiving celebrations

There’s no better way to kick off the New York holiday season than with the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — and this year’s event boasts a mouthwatering lineup of special performances, with guests including musical legend Dionne Warwick, Paula Abdul, Lea Michele and the Broadway cast of Funny GirlRead more…

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