Happy Bloomsday (thanks Mike for the reminder)! Today is a celebration of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses which tells the story of Leopold Bloom, and his adventures on a single day in Dublin (Thursday, June 16, 1904). “How’s that relevant to NYC?” I hear you ask… Well, in 1933 the book was put on trial in New York for obscenity in The United States v One Book Called Ulysses case.

Anyway, enough of the Irish history and on to my apologies about the weather. It’s a rainy morning, a gray afternoon and then more rain late this evening. It’s back to summer tomorrow.

Former President Barack Obama stopped by Hell’s Kitchen on the 10th anniversary of DACA to host a roundtable on the set of ¡Americano! at New World Stages. Read more…

President Obama New World Stages ¡Americano!

The streets of Times Square are a little less green after New York City’s Sheriff seized Weed World Candies trucks from Hell’s Kitchen streets over past-due parking tickets. Read more…

Weed World trucks Hell's Kitchen

What we’ve been reading

Been wondering what’s going on with that 51-story-hotel construction on 11th Avenue? They can’t find the architect! (New York Times)

Council member Bottcher fights alongside Christine Quinn for an extra $40m of mental health funding for homeless shelters. (New York Daily News)

It’s 40 years ago this week since the No Nukes rally in Central Park. (Jacobin)

Daylight drug use continues to haunt the Garment District. (amNY)

Door Daddy Randy — legendary bouncer and unofficial club line therapist. (VICE)

Freeze Frame

Italian Gin and Tonic Harry's Table

We finally got to check out Harry’s Table at Waterline Square last night. We had an oversized Italian Gin and Tonic and a tasty Margarita Pizza (at New York prices). It’s well worth the trip a little up north to this huge new space between W59th and W61st Street on the far west side (even if just to wander its vastness).