Good morning and happy Twelfth Night. Did you get hot yesterday? Although it topped 60 degrees, it didn’t come close to the warmest January day back on Jan 6, 2007 when temperatures in Central Park hit 72 degrees. Today is milder with the chance of a shower this evening.

We are sad to report that twice W42ST Best of Award Winner and longtime Hell’s Kitchen fixture Kahve Coffee has closed. They cited rising rents and COVID-19-era challenges as devastating to the shop’s survival. Erol Zeren told us yesterday: “I didn’t put up a sign or anything announcing that we closed because the more I talk about it, the sadder I get.” Read more…


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New York City students and teachers can no longer access ChatGPT — the new artificial intelligence-powered chatbot that generates stunningly cogent and lifelike writing — on education department devices or internet networks, agency officials confirmed. Read more…

What we’ve been reading

New York’s gun crime is taking its toll on children. (New York Times)

Man pays dough to eat a piece of bread on a Times Square billboard. (New York Post)

Saying farewell to the baby names “Karen” and “Donald” in 2022. (Manchester Evening News)

312 W43rd Street — site of the Martin Luther King Labor Center — has topped out. (New York Yimby)

How would you feel about saying farewell to your bodega guy? (Hell Gate)

Freeze Frame

Thanks to local photographer Madhavan for this glorious picture of yesterday’s sunrise. “Heaven over Hell’s Kitchen,” he said on his Instagram account @kpmimages.

Happy birthday to Stéphane Toullieux, Michael Munoz, Russell Miller and Sharon Middendorf.