Good morning and welcome to the longest day of the year! Yes, it really is the start of summer today! Woot woot…

PRIDE month is also hotting up — and we’ve pulled together a list of Hell’s Kitchen’s gay bars and drag scene. Check it out here — and as an added bonus we’d love you to tell us your favorite and why (and you get the chance to win a $100 gift card for Kashkaval Garden as a thank you!).

Gay Bars Hell's Kitchen

New Yorkers searching for charming caffeination and community contribution needn’t look further than the Loyalty Foundation o W57th Street and 10th Avenue — where a brand-new coffee shop and computer donation site serves to support children. Read more…

Loyalty Foundation Hell's Kitchen

What we’ve been reading

Food critic Adam Platt signs off from “the last great job of the 20th century.” (Grub Street)

“Snail’s pace” roll out of protection for older pedestrians could take 800 years. (Streetsblog)

Lifeguard shortage leads to swim class cancellations. (NY1)

An appeal to tear down New York’s scaffold jungle. (New York Post)

Why the rise of the “kidult” is helping to keep the toy industry afloat. (Bloomberg)

Freeze Frame

Jim Newman PRIDE

Thanks to Jim Newman for this self-portrait. “For me, Pride is a subtle celebration of my quiet private inner self,” he said on Instagram

Happy belated birthday to Eric Stiller and today to Vasilis Plakias