Good morning and happy Friday. I’m off on a seaplane ride to Boston at 8:30am (story tomorrow) — so the newsletter is a bit early today. It’s a very personal service. I just got a text saying: “This is Lea the station manager from Tailwind Air. I apologize but my train was delayed this morning and I’ll be arriving to our lounge around 8:10 am. If you arrive before I do and the doors are unlocked, please feel free to hang out in our lounge!If the doors are locked, please stay in the area and I will check you in upon my arrival. If our plane happens to arrive early and all passengers are there, our pilots will come up and check you in. I will keep you updated! Thank you and I apologize about this!”

In a surprise turnaround, members of the New York City Redistricting Commission voted against sending newly drawn maps that would largely restore sweeping neighborhood changes for approval to the City Council. Read more…

New Map of Council Districts zoom


Times Square is for families! Discover the area’s most kid-friendly attractions, family-style restaurants, immersive shops, free outdoor events, and theater for young audiences. Explore the Times Square Family Fun Guide at

Pickleball, the jauntily named recreational sport sweeping the nation, is coming to the West Side — in a pop-up playing space in Hudson Yards this October and then on a new set of courts in Hudson River Park. Read more…

Pickleball Hudson Yards

What we’ve been reading

Is New York’s 6pm the new 8pm for city dining habits? (New York Times)

New York will offer “social bonds” as it sells $1.4bn of debt. (Bloomberg)

How to tip the hotel housekeeper or bellhop without cash… (WSJ)

More find success in the New York housing lottery — but waiting times have extended. (City Limits)

10 things most New Yorkers don’t know about the Chrysler Building. (Untapped Cities)

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Gino Hawley Sunset

As predicted in yesterday’s newsletter, the first day of fall delivered a gorgeous sunset. Thank you to Gino Hawley for this high-rise view of the sun going down over Hell’s Kitchen.