There’s nothing that I like more as a local (and a journalist) than walking around and making a little discovery.

Last week, I ventured down 9th Avenue towards Hudson Yards and stumbled across the re-opened Longo Bros. It’s always been a favorite place for me in Hell’s Kitchen since, during research for the magazine, I discovered Sam Erickson’s photo of John Mayer sitting on an old couch.

Anyway, Longo Bros (Est. 1933) rides again as an Italian small plates, pizza and pasta eatery with an excellent pedigree (and the ownership of Italian cousins). Read the history and the new story here…

Yesterday lunchtime, I took a stroll around the neighborhood and found a new Citi Bike station being lifted into place. It’s got 56 docks (and hopefully as many bikes coming). There’s another one arriving soon too. More here…


Have you got your W42ST mug yet? Are you out of ideas for holiday gifts? If you want to snag one, head over to our friends at The Mug Affair. They’re a local business who donate $2 for every mug sold to help Art and Music in the public school system (and it supports the work of W42ST too!).

What we’ve been reading

There was a shooting last night in Hell’s Kitchen. (W42ST)

Indoors or outdoors? One thing’s certain – eating out, 2020 style, is a unique experience. (Bloomberg)

It could be 2023 before congestion pricing arrives in NYC. (New York Post)

A new comedy theater looks set to blossom out of the ashes of UCB. (Brooklyn Vegan)

A James Bond weapon? Kurt Cobain’s guitar? Some auctions are much more fun than others. (amNY)