Good morning and happy Friday. We can expect an afternoon high of 86 degrees today — and then it will cool into the mid-70s at the weekend. We’ve got some showers tomorrow, but it’s generally just a lovely Saturday and Mother’s Day to look forward to.

The West Side’s crown jewel Hudson River Park (HRPK) turns 25 this year — and as we patiently await the completion of Pier 97, the beloved green space will host hundreds of public events between May and November — including yoga, a barbecue and music festival as well as sunset salsa classes at Piers 76 and 84 in Hell’s Kitchen. Read more…

Salsa Pier 76 HRPK

From Miami to NYC, Ryan Brodsky shares his love for Hell’s Kitchen, embracing community, and his journey to becoming the “Mayor and First Dog” of W40th Street! Read Ryan’s West Side Story…

Ryan Brodsky Astro's Dog Run

What we’ve been reading

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

Landlords target rent control in Supreme Court. (The Real Deal💰)

Theater made from simple ingredients — Orietta Crispino plays Let Me Cook For You. (The Village Voice)

The national COVID emergency has ended. What does that mean for New Yorkers? (Gothamist)

The ball is over for Andrew Lloyd Webber as Bad Cinderella announces Broadway closure. (New York Times💰)

One woman’s love-hate relationship with New York gyms. Can you relate? (The Guardian)

Freeze Frame

Lincoln Tunnel Traffic

While on Ryan’s rooftop, we took the chance to capture this picture of early evening traffic at the Lincoln Tunnel entrance. The decades-long call for so-called congestion pricing is closer than ever to becoming a reality after the release today of a key document, thousands of pages long, that starts a 30-day clock for federal officials to make their final call on the tolling idea. Read more…

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