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Good morning and happy Thursday. It’s going to rain from now until midnight — so don’t leave home without a sturdy umbrella. The good news is that Friday and Saturday will be dry, with clean streets!

Manhattan Community Board 4’s Transportation Planning Committee praised the extended pedestrian space on 9th Avenue at their meeting last night — but called for action against NYPD cruisers occupying the new sidewalks on 9th and 8th Avenues. Read more…

8th Avenue sidewalk blocked by cops


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Hell’s Kitchen’s first openly LGBTQIA+ state assembly member has spoken out after being banned from a Hockey Pride event at Madison Square Garden — ironically, for criticizing people being barred through the venue’s facial recognition technology. Read more…

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What we’ve been reading

How does NYPD’s excess overtime bill rack up against costs of subway fare evasion? (The Column)

Another point of view on outdoor dining in New York City. (Gothamist)

New York ranks at No 2 in the US bed bug list. (Eyewitness News)

The high-rolling developers bidding to put a casino in Manhattan. (New York Times)

Dive into this feature on Danny DePamphilis at Rudy’s Bar and Grill. (Last Call)

Freeze Frame

Gary Hershorn Hudson River w42nd St sunrise

Just to remind you that it’s not always raining… This was the Hudson River yesterday morning as the sun rose through 42nd Street. Thanks to Gary Hershorn for the heartwarming image.

Happy birthday to Shane Hathaway and Hillary Davis.