Good morning and happy Wednesday (yes, I’ve got the day right today!). We’ve still got smoky skies from those Canadian wildfires, but we get a high of 74 degrees this afternoon. There’s the chance of a shower around sunset. If you’re near the river, keep an eye out for the Fleet Week Parade of Ships this morning.

Manhattan Community Board 4 is pushing back on megadeveloper Vornado’s plans for a 212,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art film studio — citing a newly revised “sweetheart deal” of a lease that they say frees the company from long-promised public works and financial accountability to the neighborhood. Read more…

Pier 94 TV Studio Plans.


Improv is life for Kristin McCollum, who is a recent arrival in Hell’s Kitchen but feels right at home here — and shares that love as a tour guide for the Transit Museum and Radio City Music Hall. Read Kristin’s West Side Story…

Kristin McCollum with son and Playbills

What we’ve been reading

Traffic cops want body cams to record the rise in abuse from motorists. (Government Technology)

With the right-to-shelter in NYC under pressure, what does the guy who introduced it 45 years ago think? (West Side Rag)

Construction deaths in NYC prompt the need for change — but will Gov Hochul sign Carlos’s Law? (Observer)

Council members past and present share their stories of the “gay district”. (Gay City News)

Why listening to sad songs helps us to feel less alone. (WSJ)

Freeze Frame

Super Sidewalk

It was kinda inevitable that the new “super sidewalk” on 9th Avenue would be dug up sooner rather than later. We’re pulling together the neighborhood’s thoughts on how to make best use of this thoroughfare. Hit reply or email with your thoughts.

Happy birthday to Mini Martinez and Diana Wallwork.