Good morning and happy Saturday. If you loved the weather yesterday, you will be happy with today too. Pretty much the same with temperatures in the early 80s, low humidity and a light breeze. Chance of some showers on Sunday though…

Good news, Hell’s Kitchen movie fans! LOOK Dine-In Cinemas is preparing to move into the space left vacant by Landmark Theatres at VIA on W57th Street — and as well as big screen blockbusters, they’ll be serving food and cocktails. Read more…

Here’s what else has been happening in Hell’s Kitchen this week…

We launched the 3rd Annual W42ST Best of Awards — Sponsored by Wells Fargo with support from Intrepid Museum and the Durst Organization.

Voting is now open! You can nominate your Hell’s Kitchen favorites across 10 categories (check out the list of last year’s winners here). 

Win tickets for the Awards ceremony!  All voters will be entered to win a pair of tickets for the Awards Ceremony held on the evening of September 30 under the wings of Concorde at the Intrepid Museum!

Please remember to mind the rules! There is one vote per person — and a valid email address must be provided for a vote to count. Vote here…

One of the new categories in this year’s awards is “Best Venue”. There are over 40 venues in and around HK offering entertainment that are not Broadway theaters. Check the list…

In a move that could render the guilty-coffee-shop-granola-bar-purchase obsolete, a new app finds the city’s private bathrooms for public use. Read more…

A chance meeting on a bus led filmmaker, actor and writer Cristina Doikos to live in Hell’s Kitchen. She shares her loves, hates and memories of the neighborhood she proudly calls home — and talks about her new short film project, Displaced, which she hopes “will reignite the conversation about the injustices in our immigration system.” Read more…

Chef Paul Denamiel from Le Rivage on Restaurant Row posted this tribute to his father on Instagram this week. “Au revoir Marcel. As most of you know my father passed away on the 18th of August. Marcel lived his life on his terms. He believed in hard work, discipline and respect for one’s craft. His greatest accomplishments were his grandchildren, his son and the respect of his peers, in that order. Marcel’s mark on the city of New York has been and will remain a source of inspiration and a reflection of the American dream so many aspire to. It is already difficult to contend with all the people he touched. I will miss him very much,” said Paul. May he rest in peace.

Those pesky spotted lanternflies seem to love clustering around our West Side glass and steel towers. We’ve observed hordes of them at Hudson Yards, Manhattan West and Waterline Square. If you feel squeamish about squishing, help is at hand with a DIY contraption with a soccer cone at its core to trap the pests. Read more…

Director, actor and educator Alexa Kelly moved to New York 34 years ago and has put down firm roots in the neighborhood. This evening, she was on the red carpet this week as Director of Strings Attached at its opening night on Theatre Row. Read her West Side Story…

New York City is again looking for a company to run its ferry service — and wants the winner of the next contract to contribute more revenue rather than receive millions of dollars in subsidies to keep the service afloat. Read more…

In the meantime, if you are thinking of a weekend trip on the river — remember that there’s a free ferry from the Midtown Terminal to Red Hook (courtesy of IKEA) and a ferry to Staten Island for $2.75 each way.

Talking of the weekend… Did you read Lifestyle Editor’s weekly newsletter about what’s happening for the week ahead? Check out “Make Way For The Weekend”!

Your Uber app is no longer dominated by a fleet of black Toyota Camrys — the platform has officially begun to offer New Yorkers yellow taxi cab rides as part of its services. Read more…

What we’ve been reading

As New York returns to school, teachers who’ve been at the forefront of the pandemic share their stories. (City & State)

Mayor Eric Adams answers questions about… fashion?! (WWD)

Were you one of the riders on Citi Bike’s record-breaking day this week? (Streetsblog)

Raccoons across New York are to be vaccinated against rabies. (amNY)

Memories of 150 years of Bloomingdale’s. (New York Times)

Freeze Frame

Here are a few of our favorite things… New York Fashion Week, Citi Bike and Kinky Boots all in one picture! Worth the challenges of navigating 8th Avenue’s bike lane on a Friday evening…


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