Good morning and happy Wednesday. We should see an end to the overnight rain showers by mid-morning — and then we will head into some settled weather for the next week. This could be our last day in the 80s for a while, so enjoy!

Excitement is building for Alicia Keys’ upcoming musical Hell’s Kitchen. Keys took to Instagram yesterday to share her enthusiasm for the production and her neighborhood: “I can’t wait for y’all to fall in love with Hell’s Kitchen!!!!” Meanwhile, the Public Theater has announced a two-week extension for the world premiere show loosely based on the life story of the Grammy Award-winning artist and former Manhattan Plaza resident. Read more…

Alicia Keys with mom Terri as a kid at Manhattan Plaza


The state cannabis agency approved regulations on Tuesday that will expand the adult-use market from distressed farmers and justice-impacted individuals to the broader public.  Applications will open on October 4. Read more…

Cannabis Store

What we’ve been reading

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

Any tips for what happens when Square goes down? (Grub Street💰)

Those who feel left out by the pickleball craze can take up this new pastime: feather bowling. (New York Post)

Have you ever considered taking the train to Florida? (TimeOut)

The most photographed restaurant in the USA is Hell’s Kitchen… in Vegas. (Business Insider)

We’d love to do a feature story like this on Hell’s Kitchen bathtubs — do you have one? (New York Times💰)

Freeze Frame

Romer Hell's Kitchen opening

A cool boutique hotel opened its doors in the neighborhood yesterday! Welcome to newcomer Romer Hell’s Kitchen on 8th Avenue between W51/52nd St. They are also the sponsors of the NEWCOMER category of this year’s W42ST Best of Awards. You can VOTE HERE for your favorite newcomer (and the other nine categories) — and if you need inspiration, here are our stories on some of the recent neighborhood arrivals.

Thanks to Ben Schneider, who identified yesterday’s Freeze Frame of a mural at the Javits Center as part of the Street Art for Mankind project. Artist Carlos Alberto is creating the mural, which will be unveiled on September 19 during Climate Week NYC. The summit takes place alongside the UN General Assembly.

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