Happy Wednesday. I’ve not been back on a bike yet after my health scare (planning that today with my new helmet) — but I am walking around the neighborhood more regularly now. As always, there’s lots going on…

Yesterday, I popped by the new Craft+Carry that’s just opened up on 9th Avenue. There are 24 craft beers on tap (which was pretty impressive until I checked on Valhalla which has 48!). Either way, Hell’s Kitchen has many more craft options than it used to.

We’ve had over 2,000 nominations so far in the W42ST Best of Awards. Keep them coming, as shortlisted businesses will also get featured in our new Hell’s Kitchen LOCAL app. The concept behind the mobile-friendly service is to highlight businesses that locals love — not the critics, not the influencers, just the insiders’ view (that’s YOU!)

Following a year without crowds, Times Square is gearing up to welcome back revelers this New Year’s Eve — but you’ll need to be fully vaccinated if you want to be there to witness the ball drop. Details here…


What we’ve been reading

The Standard Hotel is under threat of foreclosure. (Bloomberg)

Hell’s Kitchen’s Alicia Keys doubles her net worth during the pandemic. (Showbiz CheatSheet)

New York divorce prompts $676m art auction. (The Guardian)

The case for rats being helpful for keeping New York rents low. (New York Post)

Broadway has had another good week! (Broadway News)

Freeze Frame

This was the view down W42nd Street this morning at sunrise. Thanks to Gary Hershorn for rising early to take this picture.