Good morning and happy Wednesday. We are in the 50s for the rest of the week — and today will be full of sunshine and clear skies. There is a very slim chance of snow on Sunday, but the outlook’s not really showing freezing temperatures for the next 10 days.

Mayor Eric Adams and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg have declared a new initiative to smoke out New York’s unlicensed cannabis shops, including 38 stores in Hell’s Kitchen (yes, we counted, mapped and photographed them all — thx, Catie!). Read more…

Hell's Kitchen's 38 Smoke Shops


Move over dollar slices, there’s a new Hell’s Kitchen pizza place (sandwiched between two smoke shops) that tastes like a zillion bucks. Head to W42nd Street, where the team that brought you Steak Frites Bistro is now tossing up marquee-worthy slices at Zillions Pizza. Read more…

Zillions Pizza
The W42nd Street marquee at Zillions Pizza is meant to evoke Times Square nostalgia. Photo: Naty Caez

What we’ve been reading

The MTA token booths may be going, but customer service centers are coming. (amNY)

London Tiktok housing advocate says NYC disrepair is worse, and there are more rats. (PIX11)

With new Airbnb regulations, New York visitors worry about the expense. (The Points Guy)

Discarded syringes are increasing as the city reports a 36% rise in collections. (New York Post)

Could a casino at the Crossroads of the World be a good thing? (Curbed)

Freeze Frame

Back in the second issue of W42ST magazine in December 2014, we shared the story of artist Asae Soya’s mural on W45th Street (just west of 10th Avenue). Yesterday, Council Member Erik Bottcher posted on Twitter the clean-up on the bridges over the Amtrak lines and appealed to artists — Soya’s art has long been covered by graffiti. Are you inspired to create something? Email his office at

Street Art Painted Over Erik Bottcher

Sarah will be sitting down with CM Bottcher to review his first year in office at the City Council. What questions would you like to ask him? Hit reply…

Happy birthday to Jules Hughs and Karey RR Smith.