Good morning and happy Tuesday. We’ve got sun again and consistent temperatures in the mid-30s today. Prepare yourself for Friday though — we might get a high of almost 60 degrees, and then temperatures plummet below 20 degrees in one day!
Two anti-drag protesters were arrested on Monday evening after getting into Hell’s Kitchen Council Member Erik Bottcher’s apartment building, amid an escalating campaign of homophobic targeting. The two women were arrested after a demonstration which also left the sidewalk outside Bottcher’s Chelsea home covered in vile slurs, and followed days of the gay legislator being subjected to hate speech. Read more…
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As 2022 ticks away and we inch ever closer to another Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration, two signs of the impending festivities are making their way to Midtown. You can already make a wish for the new year on the official Times Square confetti and from today you can take a peek at this year’s official “2023” sign. Read more…
What we’ve been reading
PF Chang’s just opened in Union Square, and is coming to 8th Avenue soon. (Eater)
There’s a surge in migrant buses heading to the city again. (CNN)
The NYPD is to abandon “digital stop and frisk” checking for warrants. (Eyewitness News)
NY weed testing: “Regulators essentially told growers to do their best, just don’t hurt anybody.” (Leafly)
Leafing through New York’s most popular books of 2022. (TimeOut)
Hell’s Kitchen artist Kevin Lustik is exhibiting his latest needle and yarn creations at Jadite Galleries on Tenth Avenue between W46/47th St through January 3. Opening hours are Monday through Saturday, 12 noon to 7pm. Go check out the show — more at @lustikart
Happy birthday 100th birthday to photographer Tony Vaccaro — and to Joe Mulligan and Bini Mustafa, who are a little younger!