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Good morning and happy Thursday. It’s a cool start after last night’s rains — and an afternoon high of 68 degrees will be the lowest temperature that we’ll feel for a while. By Memorial Day, we will be bubbling around 80 degrees — and at the end of next week, we might see 90 degrees. Bring on summer…

Long-time Hell’s Kitchen resident Nicholas Gray, the trailblazing founder of Gray’s Papaya who popularized the pairing of hot dogs and papaya juice for New Yorkers, has died at 86. Read more…

Nicholas and Rachael Gray


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Brit Jenny Clarke came to Hell’s Kitchen for three months – and has stayed for over 30 years! She is the founder of the Melodia Women’s Choir and Executive Director of the National Flute Association. Read Jenny’s West Side Story…

Jenny Clarke

What we’ve been reading

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

Are NYC’s housing lotteries reinforcing segregation? (New York Times💰)

The fight for “Taco Tuesday” takes to the courts. (WSJ)

Migrant mothers and children struggle to make a living selling candy and fruit in the subways. (THE CITY)

There’s a proposal to ban radioactive discharges into the Hudson River. (NY1)

Father Duffy’s Times Square and Hell’s Kitchen connections. (The Tablet💰)

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Fleet Week Rudy's

Thanks to Joe Sallabi for sending us this picture from “The World’s Greatest Dive Bar for over 103 years”. Baron von Swine and the crew at Rudy’s welcomed service personnel from around the world to Hell’s Kitchen last night as Fleet Week got underway.

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