Good morning and happy Friday. Hurricane Lee is passing us by today to head further up the East Coast and is leaving us with a beautiful fall day. It could be time to dig that sweater out! Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown. Shanah Tovah to all who celebrate!

As Hudson River Park celebrates its 25th anniversary, we explore the battles fought to create this beloved green space (and there are some great archive photos from Tom Fox of how the West Side used to look). Read more…

The West Side Highway in 1986 at W42nd Street ©Tom Fox

We’ve had hundreds of entries for the W42ST Best of Awards 2023. Everyone who votes will be entered into a draw for tickets for the awards event at the end of the month (so please share with your friends). VOTE NOW! Thanks to the Durst Organization for supporting the awards for the 4th year. They confirmed their involvement yesterday, joining lead sponsor Wells Fargo, hosts Intrepid Museum and supporters HYHK Alliance and Romer Hell’s Kitchen.

W42ST Best of Awards 2023

What we’ve been reading

Amazon has opened a new workplace at the Lord & Taylor building on Fifth Avenue. (6sqft)

Casey Neistat dips his toe into New York’s crumbling sidewalk. (New York Post)

Michelin’s list includes Bad Roman at Columbus Circle. (Eater)

Despite decades of warnings and a 911 arrest, Columbia allowed obstetrician Robert Hadden to continue practicing. (ProPublica)

Yep! The fall foliage map is out for New York… (TimeOut)

Freeze Frame

Smoke Shop Nano

We were sad in April when Abel Castro announced that he would close Ñaño Ecuadorian Restaurant after 10 years. Yesterday, we spotted the depressing sign on 10th Avenue that it’s to be replaced by a “Smoke Shop Coming Soon”. The whack-a-mole approach to this issue seems to be never-ending…

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