Happy Thursday. It’s only April, but at 11am today we will be hitting 80 degrees. There are predicted showers this evening and a strong chance of vests and shorts being out on the streets of Hell’s Kitchen all day!

Last night, we celebrated the opening of the “kiosk” at Bella Abzug Park. It’s taken seven long years for Robert Benfatto and the team at HYHK Alliance to navigate the bureaucracy of New York City to get Paradis in the Park open. While researching the story, we found a video of the W42ST Party in the Park in May 2016. It’s one of the few times the grandiose kiosk has been in use. Check the video out in our story — waving at Gregory, Jim, Juli, Sandra, David, Diana, Davy, Bryan, Gabriel, Andy, Ruth, Michael, Jaci… are you there too? Read more…

Paradis in the Park Hudson Yards Hell's Kitchen

Mikhail Baryshnikov is returning to his very own Hell’s Kitchen venue The Baryshnikov Arts Center this May in the live premiere of The Orchard — an immersive adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s classic drama, The Cherry Orchard. Read more…

Mikhail Baryshnikov in this experimental Chekhov work.

What we’ve been reading

The Mayor is under pressure from New York business leaders over subway safety. (Gothamist)

And then there were none… New York’s housing discrimination unit has zero staff. (City Limits)

What do you say when kids ask about New York violence? (Chalkbeat)

Citi Bike system falls short in the aftermath of subway chaos. (Streetsblog)

Pamela Anderson hits the right notes on Broadway — and all that jazz! (New York Post)

Freeze Frame

While Trevor Noah is making jokes about the local dog mess problem and the local community board is battling against the sidewalk landmines — this W53rd resident is making signs! What are your bright ideas to cut the crap? Hit reply…

Happy birthday to Anna Andersen and Esther Chen.