Good morning and happy Monday. We’re going to continue this hot and steamy weather for a couple more days. Temperatures are in the high eighties and thunderstorms are likely in the afternoon/evening. Air quality is getting back to normal. Woot…

As time is called on the historic Hourglass Tavern, Palermo Argentinian Bistro rises in its place on Restaurant Row, serving traditional asado-cooked steaks by renowned Chef Carlos Barroz. Read more…

Chef Carlos

Though often regarded as a beach-centric holiday (we’re sorry to report that the Hudson River is not yet swimmable), there are still plenty of ways to celebrate the 4th of July around Hell’s Kitchen! Read more…

Macy's 4rh July Fireworks 2022

What we’ve been reading

Your deliveries could soon be landing in a sidewalk locker. (Gothamist)

Age limit on FDNY exam is stopping hundreds of paramedics from becoming firefighters. (New York Post)

Putting New York in the shade as temperatures soar. (New York Times)

Pizzagate — is there a smoking gun (or pizza) in the news around NYC’s wood and coal-fired slices? (The Guardian)

Memories of a Young and Schmuck ghost sign on 8th Avenue. (Forgotten NY)

Freeze Frame

Norma Sidewalk

Well, those works around the sites of dismantled payphones at Hellcat Annie’s, Mee Noodles and Norma didn’t end up delivering trees — but at least they didn’t bring us LinkNYC kiosks either. The work has been completed on 9th Avenue, and we have some shiny new bits of sidewalk to keep us moving.

Happy birthday tomorrow to Megan Nemeth (our favorite Bettibar bartender) — and Happy Independence Day to you all. We will be back in your inbox on Wednesday.