Good morning and happy Thursday. Another pleasant day, but expect some increase in humidity and a windy afternoon. There is a forecast for some rain on Friday, so make the most of today.

The longstanding debate over what to do about outdoor dining may finally get a resolution this afternoon, when New York City Council votes on a bill that would make it a permanent feature of the NYC streetscape. Read more…

Outdoor Dining Tacuba

Professional musician Steven Herring is the Founder and Executive Director of arts education nonprofit The Living Arts Collaborative and has lived in Hell’s Kitchen for almost 20 years. Read Steven’s West Side Story…

Steven Herring

What we’ve been reading

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

Sales tax collection in NYC is slowing down. (Bloomberg Tax💰)

New York City is consuming more cannabis than anywhere else on the globe. (NBC)

There’s a plan for over 4,000 new public restrooms in NYC by 2035. (Hell Gate💰)

Book ahead to get a cheap ride to Boston or DC. (SecretNYC)

Wednesday nights out for Mayor Adams on W34th Street. (Politico)

Freeze Frame

Hell's Kitchen Park Painting

The new basketball backboards are up at Hell’s Kitchen Park, and the playing surfaces were being painted yesterday afternoon, including a new pickleball court. No firm date for opening, but it should be this month!

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