Good morning — and welcome to a hot and humid Thursday. The good news is that there’s no rain forecast, so a dry day at last!

However, if you are a fan of splashing about there’s a real treat in store for you. Fireboat John J Harvey is offering free trips on the river — and we know from our experience that it’s never a dry ride! More details here…

We are following up on yesterday’s “data dump” from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund that gave Hell’s Kitchen businesses $137 million.

Today, we’re reporting on how the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant is helping out our local theaters to the tune of $221 million — and how Speaker Corey Johnson’s discretionary funding for the west side in the New York City budget is benefiting theater and locals. All the details, line-by-line, here…


What we’ve been reading

A dream “cone” true — stay a night in an ice cream truck. (PIX11)

Playwrights Horizons start performances again on W42nd Street. (New York Times)

Why do NYC’s subways flood — and can it be stopped? (Eyewitness News)

Are we giving away the streets to restaurants and landlords? (The Village Sun)

Who knew it was illegal to get a haircut on a Sunday? Well not anymore… (Brooklyn Reader)

Freeze Frame

We’re not wanting to end on a sour note… But have you checked out Citrovia lemons exhibition at Manhattan West Plaza on 9th Avenue and W33rd Street? It’s described as a sprawling, fantastical citrus garden (and free to enter). Thx Mickey for the tip and the picture!