Good morning and happy Saturday. We’re going to have two seasons in one weekend. Today will be a high of 75 and feeling like it’s fall — but tomorrow we will reverse back into summer with temperatures heading into the 80s until midweek. Enjoy…

Like many New Yorkers in March of 2020, Tae Young Woo found himself both laid off and looking for elusive COVID tests – but little did he know that the stressful incident would eventually lead to his new business venture creating Finestra Health, a search engine helping patients find the cost of procedures across area hospitals. Read more…

If you are in the mood for a shopping adventure, then a trip to the liquidation sale at the Hudson Hotel is a recommendation. You can find anything from a $.50 cent spoon to a $300,000 chandelier — and absorb some New York nostalgia while you are there. Read more…

If you are looking for somewhere to hang the chandelier you just bought (organizers tell us they are “taking reasonable offers” for it), then look no further than Waterline Square. There’s a $27 million penthouse apartment on the market that could fit the bill. Read more…

We’d like to propose a toast! Beloved Hell’s Kitchen wine and cheese bar Casellula is preparing to partner with well-established neighborhood wine bar brand Vin Sur Vingt as its new operator. Read more…

Think boxing is just blindly throwing a punch? Think again. Over on the W37th Street where Title Boxing once reigned, a new contender has entered the ring — the Victory Boxing Club, where owner and operator John Snow trains everyone from busy executives to recovering stroke patients, with a focus on the psychology behind every swing and jab — and the motto “you don’t have to be in my ring for me to be in your corner.” Read more…

The City Council is dragging its paws on a bill that would ban the sale of guinea pigs, as local shelters have been inundated with the four-legged pets in the pandemic. Read more…

Unfortunately, if you are on the far West Side near any glass and steel towers, you’ll have been bombarded by those pesky spotted lanternflies. This week has seen them swarming and causing problems. We’ve compiled some tips on what you can do (other than a simple stomp!). Read more…

The Congestion Zone “could jeopardize the viability” of 88 garages that house 11,541 parking spaces between 60th and 55th streets. Read more…

The call of the wild arrived in Hell’s Kitchen as the Fountain House Gallery opened the group exhibit “Animal Crossing” on 9th Avenue this week. Read more…

Remember to vote in the W42ST Best of Awards 2022 — sponsored by Wells Fargo and supported by Intrepid Museum, the Durst Organization and HYHK Alliance. Vote here…

Looking for luck on the West Side, billionaire developer Stephen Ross and the Related Companies are preparing to roll the dice and bid on plans to license New York City’s first casino. Read more…

Contrary to their brand name, Caroline Bell and the team at Café Grumpy are well-versed in the art of making New Yorkers smile. Serving up curated coffee made of house-roasted brews since 2005, the Big Apple staple has grown from its original store in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to outposts throughout the city, including a popular Garment District location. Read more…

What we’ve been reading

Is there any science behind 10,000 steps a day — or just a marketing gimmick from 1964? (New York Post)

Could rats get New Yorkers to compost? (The Guardian)

MTA appoints a Weekend Subway Service Czar. (Railway Age)

Can a “cash mob” save Papaya King? (Patch)

“Phantom of the Opera” to close on Broadway after 35th anniversary. (TimeOut)

Freeze Frame

We’re being promised some hazy skies as the smoke from west coast wildfires heads to New York. Gary Hershorn captured this spectacular sunrise this morning behind Midtown. Meanwhile, tonight will see our last 7pm sunset of the year…

Happy birthday to Suzy Darling and Nelson Baker.