Good morning and happy Humpday. It’s the last day of August and after a steamy, humid morning we’re going to have some lovely summer weather. Could be a good evening to check out the US Open at Hudson Yard’s backyard.

Eight blocks of Hell’s Kitchen will become part of the Times Square “Gun Free Zone” from Thursday. NYPD will be putting up signs at the entrance to the 25-block area to mark the gun-free status after New York City council banned firearms in the Crossroads of the World. Read more…

Brian Barrows NYPD Gun Free Zone Times Square

Good news, uptown theater fans! The TKTS discount ticket booth is set to reopen its Lincoln Center location once more, with plans to relaunch next week. Read more…

TKTS Lincoln Center

What we’ve been reading

Alec Baldwin returns to acting with a role on Broadway. (New York Post)

With office vacancies high, is Governor Hochul’s plan for 10 towers at Penn a good bet? (New York Times)

City’s arbitrary administrative rules are contributing to the homeless crisis. (Gothamist)

The last vegan frontier — check out this BBQ on Lexington Avenue. (Restaurant Hospitality)

What’s it like to play golf as a single in New York? (Golf Digest)

Freeze Frame

Brandon Doman has brought his Strangers Project back to the Fountain House Gallery on the corner of W48th Street and 9th Avenue. We reported on Brandon in 2020, when he brought his crowdsourced, one-page celebration of collected and curated New York stories to the gallery during the pandemic. Check it out until Labor Day. Thank you to Michael William G for this picture, and Karin Schall for the nudge to report on the project again.

Happy birthday to Broadway PR boss Keith Sherman.