Happy Tuesday. The Harvest Moon has been on full beam and fall equinox is tomorrow — so let’s say farewell to the summer of 2021 and welcome in those autumnal vibes.

Back in January, in the pursuit of something relevant to write about Martin Luther King Day, a Google search lead me to Reverend Walter Rauschenbusch, which lead me to his great-grandson, which led me to a story of America’s “first totally uninhibited gay discotheque” that included where the technique of “mixing” was invented — oh, and there was a brutal murder. You’ll need to get a big coffee to read about the historic Hell’s Kitchen building where Little Shop of Horrors reopens tonight. We present: Religion, Disco, Death and Drama — Westside Theatre’s History Reads Like a Play in 3 Acts.


What we’ve been reading

Comedy clubs and small theaters take NYC to court over unequal vaccination requirements. (Gothamist)

Is it time for Madison Square Garden to move again and let Penn Station rebuild? (Crain’s)

International travel changes give hope to New York tourism. (New York Times)

Crossing the East River is a bridge too far for Revel mopeds. (amNY)

When Central Park’s carriage drive was populated with rich New Yorkers and their horses — not joggers and cyclists. (Ephemeral New York)

Freeze Frame

Thanks again to Gary Hershorn for capturing the New York skyline as the Harvest Moon rose last night. The Empire State Building was green last night for Climate Week NYC. If you missed Meatless Monday (Kashkaval Garden and Meatball Shop both participated) there are plenty more activities to get involved in until September 26. Details here…