Good morning, what a lovely day to get out and support our local restaurants. Go enjoy brunch in the sunshine.

Today we have Michael Muñoz’s W42ST 2020 Gift Guide. His message to you: “As your local W42ST foodie, Christmas Elf, and unofficial Mayor emeritus of Hell’s Kitchen I wanted to spread some love and cheer and bring you the best of the best products from all of the shops we know and love in our neighborhood to ease the stress of holiday gift buying!” Go shop…

Last night, Timothée Chalamet was host of Saturday Night Live. He gave a shoutout to Hell’s Kitchen, his mom and the Port Authority Bus Terminal during his monologue. Who doesn’t love this local lad made good…

The folks at Shops at Columbus Circle and the Museum of Art and Design have created this fun coloring sheet. Download, get out your colored pencils (or crayons), and take your “masterpiece” to the Guest Services Desk at the shops to get a complimentary gift. If that’s not enough art inspiration — use the code SHOPSCC to receive $5 off admission at MAD.

What we’ve been reading

Are you ready for the snow that’s heading our way? (amNY)

Do you think Midtown’s empty offices should be turned into apartments? (New York Times)

The iconic 21 Club is to close “for the foreseeable future.” (Deadline)

More and more restaurant workers are suffering from burnout. (Grub Street)

Did you know that Midtown once had its very own reservoir? (Gothamist)


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