Good morning and happy Wednesday. Well, today might be rain-free — but it’s going to be cloudy all day with strong gusts of wind. We’re set for an unsettled period of weather for the next ten days…

Its name may recall an old-school Hell’s Kitchen Irish bar, but the new Frankie’s Pub — which opened last night on 10th Avenue just in time for PRIDE weekend — plans to marry the neighborhood’s past and present with a vibrant, tchotchke-filled space decked out to conjure a friendly and eclectic LGBTQIA+ living room where “everybody knows your name.”  Read more…

Frankie's Pub


Earlier this year, the City Council forbade selling reconditioned batteries — yet FDNY inspectors didn’t look for them in a visit just weeks ago to the e-bike repair store where four died in a fire yesterday. Read more…

E Bike Fire Chinatown debris

What we’ve been reading

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

NYCHA housing in Chelsea moves a step closer to demolition — so it can be rebuilt. (New York Times💰)

Beatbox Embassy is being served up by Chashama at Port Authority. (PIX11)

375 Chicken ‘N Fries goes for expansion via franchising. (Restaurant News)

Could restaurants use their dining sheds as billboards? Seems the answer is yes. (Tribeca Citizen)

A real-life story of rent control and housing lotteries in Hell’s Kitchen. (Morning Brew)

Freeze Frame

Times Square Solstice

It’s hard to believe that it’s the summer solstice, but if you are passing through Times Square today, the hundreds of yoga mats are a reminder. Thanks to TJ Witham for this photo of New Yorkers at full stretch at the Crossroads of the World this morning. You can still take part…

Happy birthday to Robert Cohn and Vasilis Plakias.