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Good morning and G’mar Chatima Tova. The persistent rain will continue until late this evening when we will finally switch the tap off and head into two days of warmth, dryness and sunshine! Woot woot…

Back in the fall of 2014, when W42ST was in the planning stages, the launch team used to gather in the Frank Gehry-designed lobby of the Signature Theatre to work from their coffee shop. “This whole building is designed for orchestrated collisions,” said Jim Houghton, the founder of the theater group, who died of stomach cancer in 2016. Yesterday, he was honored by the city as the section of W42nd Street between Dyer and 10th Avenue was renamed “Jim Houghton Way”. As a tribute from our team, the masthead of W42ST will also be renamed this week. Thank you, Jim. Read more…


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New York City’s bus stroller program has been criticized, citing “serious safety concerns” about potential battles over the sections set aside for parents and caregivers of tots. Read more…

What we’ve been reading

Stephen Ross sells his Columbus Circle penthouse for $40m — well below the original $75 million asking price. (WSJ)

New York’s Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the city’s outdoor dining program. (NY1)

McKinsey hired to study New York’s trash containerization plans. (Streetsblog)

It seems that New York’s restaurant pros are staying in on their nights off. (Grub Street)

Living in a 17th-century Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead — New York’s oldest private house. (New York Times)

Freeze Frame

If you are already thinking about the weekend, add the W44th Street Garage Sale to your to-do list. It’s organized by the block association and features our award-winning friends from Domus. Check it out from 9am-5pm between 9/10th Avenues on Saturday. More details here…

Happy birthday to W42ST copy editor (and my wonderful sister) Sandra Mangan!