Good morning and happy Friday. We’ve got a sunny morning, followed by a cloudy afternoon. The sun might be back for our 7:59pm sunset (yes, the summer is rushing away…). Humidity is on the rise, but the weekend is looking sunny and fun!

In good news for the neighborhood, Hell’s Kitchen Park is back up and running, boasting new improvements after months-long renovations to the tune of $450,000. Read more…

Hell's Kitchen Park renovation

A man has been indicted on four charges for sexually assaulting and robbing a woman as she walked in Riverside Park alongside the Hudson River. Manhattan DA said: “New Yorkers need to know they can safely use our city’s many beautiful waterfront parks.” Read more…

NYPD Crime Scene W59th Riverside Park

What we’ve been reading

Trash ticketing has doubled, but rat report numbers are coming down. (Gothamist)

The legality of supervised drug centers challenged. (The Guardian)

New York’s Urban food halls have a new owner on the menu. (Eater)

New York’s first cannabis farmers’ market will be in New Paltz this weekend. (Marijuana Moment)

NYC celebrates 50 years of hip-hop — from humble beginnings on Bronx streets to billionaires and bling. (The Economist)

Freeze Frame

Video Dub inc ghost signs

New York’s “ghost signs” are usually for long-lost New York tailors and tobacco shops from the early 1900s. Looking up from 10th Avenue in the W50s, we wondered about the history of this one. Does anyone know?

Happy birthday to Danny Jordan.