Good morning and happy Monday. The beautiful weekend sunshine is segueing into cloud today — and tomorrow it will follow through to rain for a couple of days. The sun will be back on Thursday. It’s the last full week of summer, make the most of it.

Hell’s Kitchen is gaining recognition not just for its edgy character, but also for its evolving and diverse culinary landscape. Critics are taking notice, celebrating both the newcomers and “old timers” in the neighborhood. Read more…

Lum Lum Thai Hell's Kitchen

Sheldon Todman is better known as Shellz Kitchen, a visual artist who spends time documenting the neighborhood, interviewing people and preserving the memories of stores, restaurants and places that are no longer in Hell’s Kitchen while also welcoming newcomers. Read his West Side Story…

Shellz Kitchen

What we’ve been reading

* Stories that might be behind a paywall are marked with a 💰

New York’s latest visitor attraction… the rat tour! (New York Post)

Mayor Adams’ “stop” policy shows racial disparities even starker than Bloomberg’s “stop & frisk”. (Gothamist)

Ozempic use is growing, especially in wealthier Manhattan neighborhoods. (New York Times💰)

An introvert’s guide to NYC… (Thrillist)

Is a hot dog a sandwich? Public radio wades into the debate… (WNYC)

Freeze Frame

Met Opera

Over the weekend the Manhattan Sideways team dropped in to view the Met Opera Summer HD Festival at Lincoln Center and we think it is the perfect “let’s try something new this week” kind of event.

This event has everything you’d want for a summer evening. Free seating, a small bar for libations and ice cream. Bring a chair if you want to seat yourself. Read the story this afternoon by subscribing to the Sideways newsletter. Just click this link.

Happy birthday to Barry Reeves and Evan Berman.