Good morning and welcome to a reopened New York City. Governor Cuomo said that in 472 days we went from “worst to first”. Thanks for letting us into your inbox during that time to keep you connected, update and upbeat.

Last night there were fireworks and the city lit up in the blue and gold colors of New York State. More here…

Overnight, fire engulfed apartments above Rancho Tequileria on the corner of W50th Street and 9th Avenue. Although residents and firefighters were taken to hospital, there are fortunately no serious injuries. Check out pictures and our report here….

As well as having world-famous, delicious pies — The Little Pie Company now has a delightful patio. Race you there for a seat!


Book of Mormon was the last show I went to see before Broadway shut down. It’s returning to Broadway in November without Scott Rudin and with changes to the show.

What we’ve been reading

Homeless protest the move from hotels back to shelters. “We’re human beings who need some place to live. Sixteen men to a room is not living.” (Gothamist)

Can you beat these NYC “temporary” scaffolding records? (Patch)

How much do you think a subway performer can make in 4 hours? Guess before you watch this 30-second video. (Ring Jedi)

Have you ever thought of swapping your NYC apartment for a vacation? Here are the ins and outs. (Brick Underground)

West Side Boat Basin will be back — after an $89million restoration! (I Love The Upper West Side)

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You know PRIDE is getting into full swing when The Ritz on Restaurant Row unfurls their rainbow ribbons.

This evening from 5-7pm, a few steps away on the southeast corner of W46th and 9th Avenue, you can meet with members of NYPD’s Gay Officers Action League (GOAL). They are excluded from this year’s PRIDE — but their LBGTQ Outreach Team will be on hand to take questions about neighborhood safety for seniors and share precinct contact information.