Good morning and welcome to a wet Wednesday! It will clear up around 3pm and even with the rain, temperatures will be mid-60s today. However, we have tomorrow to look forward to — 72 degrees and sunny!

Yesterday morning, we went over to 10th Avenue to meet the demolition crews taking down one of our favorite Hell’s Kitchen outdoor dining structures outside Scruffy Duffy’s and Hellcat Annie’s. Unlike the recent destruction of outdoor structures on 9th Avenue per City instructions, the choice to remove the shed was made by the bars’ owner, Pat Hughes — under some pressure from the local rat population and the Department of Transportation. Read more…

If you’ve seen Andrés Trujillo around the neighborhood, he was likely on wheels — the longtime Hell’s Kitchen Silver Towers resident and lifelong roller skater prefers it that way. Now, Trujillo is taking his passion for the sport on the road (literally) as he prepares to launch a 600-mile rollerblading tour from Manhattan to Toronto by way of the Empire State Trail this June. Read more…

What we’ve been reading

Caught on camera — how viral videos might be skewing our perception of New York crime. (Gothamist)

HSBC is banking on the Spiral at Hudson Yards. (The Real Deal)

Watch the struggles of living with a disability in New York City. (Al Jazeera)

Homeless encampment clearouts have only resulted in 39 shelter placements. (New York Daily News)

Is your co-worker microwaving fish a good office habit? Test your patience here… (WSJ)

Freeze Frame

We are sad to report that Taboon didn’t make it after a fire devastated the popular restaurant back in May 2021. The popular eatery, that had occupied the corner of W52nd Street and 10th Avenue for 17 years, has permanently closed. Although it had been hoped that Taboon could refit the space after the fire, boards went up around the restaurant this week. The landlords are now looking for a new tenant.

Happy birthday to Rachel Levin.


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