Good morning and happy Wednesday. The clouds clear at 11am to reveal a beautiful April day. Temperatures soar to 81 degrees this afternoon. Enjoy this fabulous spring day!

COVID-19 cases have dropped, but the entertainment industry is still navigating uncharted territory, with Off-Broadway’s brightest working hard to stay afloat amid tiny budget margins, small casts and sometimes uncooperative audiences. Read more…

Signature Theatre


Nelson Christopher Ala arrived in NYC as a rock ’n’ roll guitarist. The freelance photographer based in Hell’s Kitchen shares his West Side Story, including his personal journey of resilience after a life-changing accident on 9th Avenue. Read more…

Nelson Ala

What we’ve been reading

* Stories that might be behind a paywall are marked with a 💰

Questions have been raised about big-money red light camera contracts in NYC. (New York Daily News💰)

New bright orange Smart Bins requiring an app to unlock them are coming to NYC. (Curbed💰

NY lawmakers resist Governor’s plan to lift density cap, citing potential for rampant luxury development. (THE CITY)

Eat up and get out — NYC restaurants imposing 90-minute time limits on diners. (New York Post)

Dogsitting for rich New Yorkers. (New York Times💰)

Freeze Frame


I’ve been starting to visit all those new Hell’s Kitchen places that opened in my five months away. It was a delight last night to sit at the bar at Chalong and watch Pattamon “CC” Kerdrojwongkul at work creating amazing cocktails. W42ST featured the eatery back in January — and this weekend they got a wonderful review from the New Yorker. Where next…?

Happy birthday to Cid Roberts.