Good morning. I’m heading to Hibernia at 3pm to watch England play Denmark in the Euro Championships Football (soccer) semi-final. The last time England got to a major final was in 1966 — you never know!

Yesterday afternoon, Governor Andrew Cuomo chose John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Hell’s Kitchen to “commence a border war” to stop New York’s gun violence crisis. It’s worth listening to his speech and checking out the support on Twitter from families who have been victims of gun crime. More here…

Following on from our conversation with Telly Leung in Tokyo, we chatted to Kilty Reidy in Sydney yesterday. When Kilty left Hell’s Kitchen in December, New York was spiking and Australia seemed to have built a wall to keep out COVID. Fast forward to July and Come From Away is in the second week of a three-week shutdown. The country’s vaccination rate is the lowest of all OECD countries. Read more…

What we’ve been reading

What you need to know about the Hometown Heroes parade today. (Gothamist)

New York’s libraries are back! (amNY)

The refurbished Astra Dog Run takes a bow (wow-wow). (WSJ)

Life is a cabaret again — shout outs for HK favorites Jim Caruso, Joe Iconis, Birdland, Laurie Beechman, Green Room 42 and Feinstein’s. (New York Times)

Rediscovering 1975 New York City through timelapse. (The Met)

Freeze Frame

There were so many elements of the storm last night to remember. The wind, the clouds — and Gary Hershorn managed to capture the sky turning pink as lightning hit One World Trade Center downtown.