Good morning and welcome to Wednesday. Last night was spent in Central Park at SummerStage. We spotted Novak Dkojovic with a guitar (no idea why!) — and I did that annoying thing of filming a whole song. My daughter, Millie, introduced Lake Street Dive to me. Before I left for the concert, she messaged: “Film Mistakes for me“. Two years of pandemic separation across the Atlantic felt justification for the slight annoyance of those around me. My mind is pretty focused on travel at the moment. It still looks like Brits and Europeans (even vaccinated) will not be allowed into the United States until Thanksgiving.

The last ship to dock at Pier 90 on Hell’s Kitchen’s west side was the USNS Comfort in April 2020 at the height of the COVID-19 crisis in the city. Now, in a sign of the city’s comeback, Manhattan Cruise Terminal at Pier 88 and Pier 90 is preparing to host ships once again. More details here…

So when you are craving a treat and a smile — what’s your favorite Hell’s Kitchen dessert? Is it Schmackary’s for cookies after a Broadway show? Is it the new place at Gotham West Market — Mikey Like It Ice Cream? Or maybe a cake from Huascar’s & Co Bakeshop? What about a milkshake at Mom’s? Who did we miss?

Tell us your favorite and why — and be entered into a sweepstake for two boarding passes for the North River Lobster Company. Closing date is Monday, August 31, 2021.


What we’ve been reading

Over 250,000 people have signed a petition to revert the name of the Cuomo Bridge to Tappan Zee. (

Shootings are up, but gun violence is down from last summer’s levels. (New York Times)

The Metropolitan Opera returns in-person with “Verdi’s Requiem: The Met Remembers 9/11”. (All Arts)

Tension as bosses want workers to return — but employees favor remote work. (Bisnow)

There’s a new craze for arm wrestling in New York. (New York Post)

Freeze Frame

We got a sneak peek of the new home of the Irish Arts Center on 11th Avenue yesterday. There will be more updates in the fall. It’s an amazing story — which we first reported on back in March 2016 when we interviewed Aidan Connolly about plans for this Irish cultural hub.

Happy Birthday to Danny Sayegh and Patrick Hamilton.

We’re slightly early this morning as we have got a tennis date at Pier 76 at 9am! We might even fit in a trip on the Times Square Ferris wheel later… Have a great day!