Good morning and happy Monday. The weekend’s weather turned out much better than expected — with most threats of rain and storms passing us by. The next three days have a similar forecast — so do keep an umbrella to hand in preparation, but hope for the best!

As Hell’s Kitchen celebrated PRIDE, one of the biggest parties was the W52nd Street Community Pride Festival on Sunday afternoon. The non-stop stage performances by drag artists were interrupted early evening by New York’s Mayor Eric Adams, who dropped into the festivities. Read more…

Mayor Eric Adams Dog

Floridian Davis Janowski is a technology editor but also works as a history-loving kayak guide and instructor at Manhattan Kayak Company. Davis has lived in Hell’s Kitchen for more than two decades. Read Davis’s West Side Story…

What we’ve been reading

* Stories that might be behind a paywall are marked with a 💰

A Hell’s Kitchen teenager died in a tragic accident on The Rockaways this weekend. (New York Daily News💰)

Admiring the important work of drag queens. (Chelsea Community News)

Whistleblower Frank Serpico wants a reinvestigation of his shooting 50 years ago. (Newsmax)

Do you still have a hankering for an Egg Cream? (Classic New York History)

All you need to know about New York’s park benches. (Gothamist)

Freeze Frame

9th Avenue Super Sidewalk Armed Police Guard

It was great to see that Mayor Adams brought a solution to keep bikes off the 9th Avenue “super sidewalk” on Sunday. It was only a short test with these five heavily armed officers, but it seemed to work. Just gotta find the budget for it now… 🤣

Happy birthday to Layla Law-Gisiko.