Good morning and welcome to a muggy Tuesday. Looking like the rest of the week is going to follow the same pattern — but I’m assured it’s good for the plants.

Hell’s Kitchen bars and restaurants were damaged as a man went fire-raising around the city in the early hours of Monday morning. He appears to have started by breaking the windows of Atlas Social Club and then moved downtown setting light to outdoor dining and dumpsters. More here…

Anyone for tennis? The former NYPD tow pound site at Pier 76 is being transformed by American Express into a tennis center during the US Open — and fans of the sport can book one of the six popup courts for just $5. Details here…


What we’ve been reading

Subway artist Devon Rodriguez gets an agent. (Hollywood Reporter)

Actors and stage managers agree to a new prorated pay deal on Broadway. (Broadway News)

Thanksgiving turkeys could be in short supply this year. (New York Post)

A Museum of Broadway is set to open in Times Square next summer. (New York Times)

Which New Yorker is the Monopoly board’s Rich Uncle Pennybags modeled on? (Ephemeral New York)

Freeze Frame

It was great to see the cast and crew of Hamilton back at work at the Richard Rodgers yesterday. We caught them at lunch on their first day “in the office”. Everyone was optimistic when news of Broadway’s reopening first came out in May, but now Delta cases are surging and so are concerns within the theater industry. Ticket sales are lagging (even for Hamilton) as theatergoers face a renewed threat from COVID’s latest variant. More details here…