Good morning, Hell’s Kitchen. The great news is that we might be hitting 90 degrees today and the city is taking another step out of the pandemic. However, we report on a neighborhood in a deep crisis and appeal for our elected city councilor to get back to work.

Yesterday morning, outside Starbucks on W43rd Street and 11th Avenue, an Asian man was punched, bitten and told to “go back to China.” It is the third high-profile, hate-driven crime in less than two months within a few blocks. Read our report…

With a mental health crisis on the streets of Hell’s Kitchen — we publish a report by THE CITY on NYC’s $100 Million ‘Diversion Centers’ that sit empty or barely used. Read more…

Where’s Corey? One of the most charismatic, promising young political leaders has abandoned the people who elected him. We appeal for our Council Member, Corey Johnson, to get back to work in our Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. Please read and share…

What we’ve been reading

There’s confusion around curfews being lifted for New York restaurants. (NY1)

The Broadway League is evaluating mask guidelines for theatergoers and cast. (Broadway News)

Brooklyn Chop House takes over Buffalo Wings’ space in Times Square. (New York Post)

Is the ban on broker fees about to make a comeback? (The Real Deal)

Hell’s Kitchen residents get vocal about the state of our sidewalks! (Patch)

Freeze Frame

There you go! Doesn’t that view from the river make you fall in love with Hell’s Kitchen all over again? We promise you tomorrow’s newsletter will be packed with fun and food (including your gluten free recommendations).

P.S. If you want to watch Forrest Gump on the flight deck of Intrepid Museum, they’ve made a few spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis to W42ST readers. Click here (quickly!).