Happy Wednesday. There is a heat advisory is now in effect in New York City with temperatures heading above 95 degrees this afternoon. Keep cool — and if you have a dog, check out these safety tips.

The latest move in a high-stakes Monopoly game — where city officials and developers use properties, unions and people seeking shelter as pieces — has put Midtown’s Paramount Hotel in the spotlight (it will not become housing). Meanwhile, in Hell’s Kitchen, the Skyline Hotel and Travel Inn will continue to be used as temporary homeless shelters. Read more…

Paramount Hotel New York


Make plans to celebrate Westside Theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors 40th anniversary this Saturday at a free, public block party in Hell’s Kitchen. Read more…

Little Shop of Horros

What we’ve been reading

Rockaway beaches were closed yesterday after multiple shark sightings. (Gothamist)

Barriers to building affordable and supportive housing in New York City have increased — there’s no end in sight for the homeless crisis. (City Limits)

Mayor raises doubts about the future of a “central business district” as office workers stay home. (New York Post)

Check out what the Covenant House skyscraper will look like on 10th Avenue. (New York Yimby)

Former Mayor Bill de Blasio has bowed out of his run for Congress — but he’s succeeded in raising nearly $700,000 that he gets to keep. (THE CITY)

The resilient (and violent) history of New York’s bodegas. (Untapped Cities)

Freeze Frame

Prince Andrew Manhattan Mini Storage Advert

It’s good to see that even after the $3bn sale of Manhattan Mini Storage, the adverts remain the same!

Happy birthday to Marti Gould Cummings and Edith Gonzalez.