Happy Friday. Are you ready to enjoy the pleasant fall weather this weekend with an outdoor brunch?

We asked your opinion of outdoor dining in Hell’s Kitchen — and over 270 of you replied with views on what’s become an emotive subject in New York. We also spoke to local business owners whose livelihood has been saved by the Open Restaurants program — but who are now threatened by changes that the city continues to make to regulations. Read our report…

Six years ago, when artistic director Grant Neale lived on W50th Street and 11th Avenue, he would “see all these people streaming from the cruise ships and missing the story of Hell’s Kitchen and the people.” This week, he’s brought a theatrical walking tour to the neighborhood to introduce the streets and the characters to a wandering audience in Butterfly Effect NYC. Read about our walk…


We brought the food, the flair, and the floating cantina…now you bring the fun! La Barca Cantina is OPEN at Pier 81 and ready for a #tacosonaboat fiesta!

What we’ve been reading

The west side and Times Square feature heavily in this list of empty New York office space. (Bisnow)

Can you think of any traits to add to this list of toxic things New Yorkers do? (TimeOut)

Tips for coping with the stress of a NYC apartment search. (Brick Underground)

The Landmarks Preservation Commission is the only fully vaccinated city agency. (Crubed)

Good night, John Boy! Waltons star will be resting his head on Billionaire’s Row. (New York Post)

Freeze Frame

We reported at the weekend about the Shadowman appearing on W37th Street. The street art (or graffiti) mimics the work of Richard Hambleton. known as “the godfather of street art” and his “shadowman” signature work. Hambleton died at the age of 65 in October 2017.

Yesterday, the New York Times reported on the stealth artist from Seattle who has been creating this work.

Next on our list of local graffiti… Who is NYC GAS (and/or GAZ)? Hit reply…