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Good morning and happy Saturday. Congratulations on surviving this rollercoaster of a week. The weekend is mostly cloudy, and that pesky smoke is still giving us a light haze in the sky, but we are set for temperatures in the high 70s/low 80s for the next couple of days. Enjoy…

The secret is out — and the ice cream is nearly ready to serve! A new Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop in the neighborhood is promising premium cold and tasty treats in the W51st Street space vacated by Kahve earlier this year. Read more…

Ben & Jerry's

Here’s the rest of the Hell’s Kitchen news this week.

The historic CBS Broadcast Center on W57th Street could be on the move, as the company considers a sale of a full city block of Hell’s Kitchen and relocation from the West Side. Read more…

CBS Broadcast Center

“Criminals” and “Scum Lords”! Residents of 410-412 W46th Street and local pols protested last weekend (again!) against slumlord Daniel Ohebshalom, demanding action on horrifying living conditions and saying: “The system is as broken as our front door locks.” Read more…

410-412 W46th St Protest

New York has slowly become an online shopping town, and 9th Avenue’s never-ending congestion is often a direct reflection of the e-commerce boom’s messier sidewalk side effects. But as another Prime Day delivery dash approaches, a new Department of Transportation pilot program aims to make the shipping process smoother, safer and more environmentally sustainable through the implementation of a series of “last mile” parcel microhubs. Read more…

Delivery Workers on 9th Avenue

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Rich Braaten is an executive coach and Hell’s Kitchen local, whose journey from Buffalo to the Big Apple encompasses a love for Broadway, his tight-knit neighborhood, his daughters, his husband and shorkie Dior. Read Rich’s West Side Story…

Rich Braaten and Scott

The Canadian wildfire smoke dominated the news this week. We were out with our camera on Tuesday evening as the skies darkened early and the air quality dropped around Hell’s Kitchen. We also spoke to a few business owners about their experiences. The picture below is from reader Berny Mit. Read more…

Smoke Skies Hell's Kitchen

If you’ve been looking to celebrate Citi Bike’s 10th anniversary in Hell’s Kitchen, you may have instead encountered nothing but empty bike racks (and broken cycles with annoying red lights). Now, West Side lawmakers are calling on Citi Bike operator Lyft to change all that. Read more…

Empty City Bike Docks and Broken Bikes

Catie pulled together some useful links, hints and tips to stay safe as the smoke clouds continue to shroud Hell’s Kitchen. She even created a short video about making a DIY air purifier for your home. Read more…

Hell's Kitchen wildfire smoke

Sarah and Naty went to meet with Michelin-starred chef Hooni Kim to check the progress on reopening Danji after the smoke shop fire next door. It’s not good news. Read more…

Chef Hooni Kim Danji

Check out Sarah’s latest edition of “Make Way for the Weekend” for ideas of what to do around New York. Read more…

New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced the re-investigation of unsolved cases involving LGBTQIA+ victims. The initiative follows the tragic deaths of Julio Ramirez and John Umberger, victims of fatal drugging and robbery in Hell’s Kitchen in 2022. Read more…

Mayor Adams Julio Ramirez John Umberger

President of Hell’s Kitchen Democrats and the W55th Street Block Association, Christine Gorman, waited nine years before finding her perfect apartment in the neighborhood. The former teacher and science journalist shares her West Side Story. Read more…

Christine Gorman and Lorenzo

What we’ve been reading

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

Why you cannot buy wine at an NYC grocery store. (The Guardian)

Delivery workers couldn’t afford to stay home when the smoke was thickest this week. (NBC)

During the migrant crisis, the city is paying over $300 a night for rooms that typically cost $110. (1010 WINS)

The air quality underground is measurably worse than above ground. (Gothamist)

NY Nico, unofficial talent scout of the city, tells his story. (New York Times💰)

Freeze Frame

9th Avenue night

It was good to see clearer skies and 9th Avenue returning to normal. Well done on surviving the week… it’s been a tough one. Enjoy the weekend and see you in your inbox on Monday!


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