Good morning and happy Wednesday. Have you been wondering about the hazy skies over the city? Did you see how orange the rising and setting sun has been the past few days? Well it’s down to the smoke from wildfires in Canada drifting down to us. Apparently, it should clear after Wednesday.

Fleet Week is back! Officially starting Wednesday (although the first ship arrived yesterday morning at Pier 90), New York’s piers, harbors and sidewalks will be awash with an ocean of service members, here to honor the legacy of the Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard. After brushing up on how to distinguish service members by their uniforms, join the celebrations in Hell’s Kitchen — home to the historic USS Intrepid and many of the city’s Fleet Week events. Read more…

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Content creator Michal Blank is known to her social media followers as New York Mickey, “covering NYC with ADHD” and offering tips to locals and visitors. Read Mickey’s West Side Story…

NYC Mickey

What we’ve been reading

* Stories that might be behind a paywall are marked with a 💰

NYC is battling climate change, one skyscraper at a time. (AP)

The “Unlooking Doors” grants for refurbishing vacant rent stabilized apartments are seen as “unrealistic” by landlords. (Bisnow)

Scammers have moved on to tennis court sign ups in NYC. (New York Post)

The QR code is coming off the menu at restaurants. (New York Times💰)

Reporters share their complaints and “disappointing” photos of NYC. (Insider)

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While having a happy hour drink on 9th Avenue yesterday afternoon, we spotted these NYPD officers out for a training ride.

Happy birthday to Tim McNicholas.