Good morning and happy Monday. Have you thawed out yet from Saturday’s freeze? Today will be a lot more pleasant, but don’t let the sunshine and afternoon high of 48 degrees fool you… there’ll be a strong wind. Keep wrapped up…

Smoke filled the skies over 9th Avenue on Sunday morning when a fire broke out in a fifth-floor apartment above the Bombay Grill House. Neighbors and activists said this could have been prevented. There have been complaints made for over six months to elected officials, NYPD, FDNY and the City about a “chop shop” and squatters in the building. Read more…

Fire 9th Avenue Bombay Grill

Valentine’s Day has snuck up on you — again!! Whether you’re celebrating this weekend, on the 14th, or not at all (we don’t judge!), Sarah has revisited our Valentine’s Day in Hell’s Kitchen guide with exciting 2023 specials from your favorite West Side standbys as well as entirely new places to celebrate the people and the neighborhood you love! Read more…

Peachy Keen Groove

What we’ve been reading

Could this electric buggy replace NYC’s horse-drawn carriages? (New York Post)

New Jersey’s pioneering shipping containers to house the homeless. (Gothamist)

The subway bathrooms are reopening — and they are getting great reviews. (Hell Gate)

This critic is no fan of NYC’s new “mini-bean”. (ARTnews)

It makes no scents… Peculiar perfumes with notes such as gasoline and fossilized amber, and names like ‘Ink’ are trending. (WSJ)

Freeze Frame

Cynthia Frosty Hell's Kitchen morning

When it gets really chilly in New York, there are so many opportunities for great photos! Thanks to Cynthia (follow at @cynstahgram) for this picture of Hell’s Kitchen looking its frosty finest.

Belated birthday wishes to Liz Fischer — and happy birthday today to Sarah Mills and Amar Lefebvre.