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Good morning and happy Thursday. The humidity is up today — and the temperature is still tipping 90 degrees. We’re also heading back into a routine of watching for heavy thunderstorms in the afternoon for the next few days. Take an umbrella with you…

There have been calls for urgent action after two children aged three and six were given an electrical shock by a fence at Mathews-Palmer Playground on Sunday. The youngsters were unhurt, but concerns over the safety of the fence and the park remain. Read more…

Fencing at Mathews Palmer Playground


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A potentially dangerous situation in Times Square was averted yesterday morning thanks to vigilant photographer Richard Moore who alerted the NYPD about a man menacing a group of musicians with a knife, leading to his swift arrest. Read more…

Police arrest a man brandishing knife in Times Square

What we’ve been reading

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

New York public housing now needs $78bn for repairs. (New York Time💰)

Check out this private art gallery on W57th Street — it might be a long while before you can see it in person. (The Guardian)

Did you know that the High Line features more than 150 species of plants native to New York? (NY1)

New Yorkers still don’t feel safe on the streets. (City & State)

Tailoring is moving seamlessly from formal wear into casual wear… (WSJ)

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Manhattanhenge down 42nd St

Last night’s Manhattanhenge might have been a bust because of the cloud cover — but this picture from Gary Hershorn taken down 42nd Street on Tuesday evening gives us hope that we might get another chance to capture that Instagram moment this evening. Remember to tag #W42ST with your pics…

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