Good morning and happy Wednesday. Remember the hazy skies and orange sun last week? Well, it looks like we will be getting more of the same over the coming days. “A plume of Canadian wildfire smoke is forecast to drift over the area and could lead to decreased air quality,” said the National Weather Service’s New York office on Twitter. You might even get the smell of a campfire!

Meanwhile, the sweet aroma of honey-roasted Nuts4Nuts is wafting over to another borough after relocating its long-standing Hell’s Kitchen headquarters to Astoria. Read more…

Nuts 4 Nuts cofounders


From Sean Patrick’s first margarita at Blockheads to unforgettable shows at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, join him on a nostalgic journey through Hell’s Kitchen as he prepares to leave the neighborhood and head to LA. Read his West Side Story…

Sean Patrick Murtagh in recording studio.

What we’ve been reading

New York is still on the hook for the Excelsior Pass App. (Times Union)

Hudson Hotel conversion gets the green light after securing loan. (New York Yimby)

NYCHA needs $3bn to comply with city orders on brickwork at its housing. (THE CITY)

Kelly Clarkson is moving her talk show to NYC. (ET)

New York City will regulate the use of AI in the workplace from July. (Fortune)

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Outdoor Dining Arriba Arriba

We walked 9th Avenue last night to get a feel for what’s happening with outdoor dining. Many sheds are now down, some are becoming temporary structures — and a few, like Arriba Arriba, are rebuilding afresh. We’re writing an article this week — hit reply or email with your thoughts on what should happen with outdoor dining in Hell’s Kitchen.

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