Happy Tuesday. We’ve just discovered (thanks to Stacy at Currently Weather) that today is the last day of the meteorological summer. Who knew? So we can expect pumpkin-flavored everything to appear from today…

Uncle Mario’s Brick Oven Pizza on the corner of 9th Avenue and W50th Street has closed its doors after 15 years. Owner Mario Abitino told us high rents meant that he shuttered the popular Hell’s Kitchen pizzeria. More here…

Jon Stewart said goodbye to The Daily Show and Hell’s Kitchen six years ago. Now he’s set to return to television next month with The Problem With Jon Stewart — and he’s recording the first episodes of the show on W57th Street. More here…(including how to get tickets)


We attended the NYC Tourism is Back celebration at One World Observatory last night. Hell’s Kitchen neighbor André De Shields made a grand entrance. He’s such a wonderful man and exudes everything that’s great about New York and Broadway.

What we’ve been reading

Those cotton totes are not so good for the environment either! (New York Times)

Young people are heading back to New York. (New York Post)

“This is Broadway” video campaign launched. (Broadway News)

A shout out for Shorty’s — whose wings feature in “Hot Ones”. [HT to That Guy] (Business Insider)

There are so many reasons to give the “milk crate challenge” a hard pass… (PIX11)

Freeze Frame

New mural alert! Check out the fresh art at Cafe Grind on W43rd Street and 9th Avenue. “One Day at a Time” by Jason Naylor.

Happy birthday to Keith Sherman.