Good morning and happy Wednesday! It’s looking like a repeat performance of yesterday’s weather — with a sunny start and then winds gusting strongly from 10am through to early afternoon. Bundle up…

New York’s ubiquitous scaffolding structures — officially known as sidewalk sheds — cast a giant shadow over the city’s streets, where some sheds have been obscuring businesses (and photo opportunities) for decades. In fact, it’s exactly a year this week that the scaffolding was put up around the Film Center on 9th Avenue. Read more…

Film Center Scaffolding Shed 9th Avenue


On International Women’s Day, we talk to Orietta Crispino, Artistic Director of Theaterlab, which has just celebrated 10 years at its W36th Street home. Here’s her West Side Story…

Orietta Crispino Theaterlab

What we’ve been reading

A teenager was shot near Park West High School on W50th Street on Monday afternoon. (New York Post)

The challenges of converting empty offices into affordable homes for New Yorkers. (PIX11)

The Mayor has backpedaled on giving $24 per hour to deliveristas. (THE CITY)

E-bike battery fires continue to soar, especially in New York. (WSJ)

Finding love on a trip to New York from Edinburgh. (CNN)

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US Embassy London Visa Phil O'Brien

The smiling picture of me outside the US Embassy in London this morning is a sign of GOOD NEWS! My reapplication for an E-2 Visa was successful — and I will return home to Hell’s Kitchen after five very long months at the end of next week. What did I miss… ?

Huge huge thanks to all who have supported me during this difficult time. You the readers, my colleagues at W42ST, my family, my friends, the local politicians, the business owners who wrote on my behalf — and most of all Gwen (who’s now on her 4th trip from NYC to London to support me).

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