Good morning. Today we’re talking grand open spaces and supporting our artist neighbors.

When NYPD finally moves their tow pound from Pier 76 later this month, Hudson River Park will get a five-acre space back that is twice the size of Pier 84. Imagine that…

What’s next is an important decision for our community, which is starved of open space. Today we share the views of Tom Fox, a veteran urban and environmental innovator, on how an interim solution for Pier 76 would delay the completion of the park.

The development of the Hudson River Park is an important issue for our quality of life in Hell’s Kitchen. Read on…

Hold Fast on Restaurant Row has been a hangout (and home) for many performing artists before and during the pandemic. This week they have launched an initiative to support customers who are struggling with theaters still shuttered and limited finances.

Read and support here…

What we’ve been reading

Javits Center opens as a vaccination site today – but you’ll need an appointment. (New York Post)

Who’s actually riding those sightseeing buses? (Gothamist)

Did we really have the vaccine on January 13… 2020???? (New York Magazine)

Buffalo Wild Wings is allegedly $3m behind on its Times Square rent, starting July 2019. (Crain’s)

What’s the future for fitness and gyms after COVID? Bleak, according to this survey. (Bisnow)

Freeze Frame

Since November, Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries (on W40th near 9th Avenue) have given out 180 heavy winter coats and over 2,500 warm winter essentials to our neighbors.

Their shelves (and coat racks) are starting to look empty. Please consider making a donation of gently used coats and winter clothing. They also have an Amazon wishlist! Right now, they are in particular need of Large and XL coats, boots, and jeans! More info here…