Good morning and happy Wednesday. Yet another wonderful summer day. High of 80 degrees and a chance of a light shower this afternoon. Go have fun in the sun!

It’s time to vote in the Democratic primary for New York District 12. We asked the three main candidates to tell us their West Side Stories. Check out what Carolyn Maloney, Jerry Nadler and Suraj Patel had to say.

Suraj Patel
Congressman Jerry Nadler
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney at Manhattan Plaza


But seriously, folks — Mayor Eric Adams announced the return of the New York Comedy Festival this fall, ahead of Carolines on Broadway’s 40th anniversary year. Read more…

Mayor Eric Adams and Caroline Hirsch launch New York Comedy Festival

What we’ve been reading

It’s 43 years since a special unit was created on Rikers for transgender people — now it is failing. (THE CITY)

More electric buses are heading to the streets of NYC. (TimeOut)

It’s National Thrift Shop Day — here’s how to dispose of your old clothes in a sustainable way. (New York Times)

Soul Cycle changes gear and closes locations. (NBC)

Check out this cool list of vinyl stores in New York. (Secret NYC)

Freeze Frame

Alicia Keys Dress Hard

We checked out the new Hard Rock Hotel in Times Square for the first time yesterday. Delighted that a local girl made good took center stage in the lobby. “Born January 25, 1981, in Hell’s Kitchen, New York, Alicia Keys became an international success story from the day her first album dropped in 2001. Songs in A Minor went platinum five times over and earned her five Grammys. Alicia Keys wore this yellow Max Azria Atelier gown during her appearance at the 2009 Academy Awards Vanity Fair after-party,” said the plaque. The bar up the stairs looked amazing too!

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