Happy Friday. Today is going to be a pretty perfect May day with temperatures in the mid-70s. Tomorrow and Sunday we skip a month or two and head to July weather. Yep, it’s going to bubble into the 90s this weekend. Find a way to keep cool…
Temperatures rose on 9th Avenue yesterday when business owners were hit by new letters from the Department of Transport demanding that bars and restaurants now remove outdoor dining from the side streets. Added to that, over at the Senate, the pols could not deliver on plans to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). One-third of local businesses shared in a $137m payout — while two-thirds got nothing. One of the business owners we spoke to was Amália Sarmiento from Arriba Arriba. She didn’t get RRF, she got a notice to remove her side street shed yesterday — and she has scaffolding surrounding her restaurant. Read more…
In happier news, my colleague Sarah Beling sent out her first weekly newsletter yesterday afternoon. “Make Way For The Weekend” is your curated guide to the best of New York events in one convenient place! Go grab a coffee and have a read…
What we’ve been reading
We’ve all got lots of little bottles of hand sanitizer, but NY has 700,000 gallons in stock. (Politico)
Have you heard of “Cuck Money”? You might need to learn about it in NYC’s hot rental market! (Curbed)
Getting riders back on the subway could be boosted by a DineAway Sweepstake. (Bloomberg)
Battery Park will need to rise to stem the tides — but will residents object to green space destruction? (The City)
The MTA is honoring the late rapper Notorious B.I.G with a MetroCard tomorrow. (Eyewitness News)
We were invited to meet the cast of The Orchard at the Baryshnikov Arts Center yesterday. In amongst the formal photocall and open rehearsal, it was wonderful to watch the legendary Mikhail Baryshnikov warm up. Such magical movement in his stretches (and arm flapping)!
Happy birthday to Heather Weiss and Hope Kaye.