Happy Monday. We’re waving farewell to summer this week. It departs with the first few days seeing temperatures in the 80s, but by Friday we will be down to a high in the mid-60s. Get ready for a change of wardrobe…

Every New Yorker knows that while the Hudson is likely at least slightly cleaner than the East River (and certainly cleaner than the Gowanus Canal), it’s by no means recommended for swimming or drinking. Now, a legal agreement between the US Department of Environmental Protection and General Electric – known for polluting the river for decades – will help determine just how dirty the New York City-adjacent Hudson is. Read more…


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While most New Yorkers agree that the city’s rat population is more, er, vibrant than ever, there is significant debate over how exactly to reduce rodents around town – with some state lawmakers looking to ban the use of notorious glue traps. Read more…

What we’ve been reading

The economics for the folks collecting cans on New York’s streets. (New York Post)

New York announces Gridlock Alert Days — including this week’s UN meetings. (CBS)

New York State is no longer supporting the city’s outdoor dining program. (The Village Sun)

City’s plans to convert hotel rooms into affordable housing seem to have slipped away. (Politico)

The city that never sleeps is going to bed early. (New York Times)

Freeze Frame

Things are hotting up in the W42ST Best of Awards 2022. We’ve had thousands of votes for hundreds of nominated businesses. To add to the competition, today we are announcing that each of the winners will get 4 months of free local business advertising (worth over $1,000 each). Thanks to Wells Fargo for their sponsorship and to Intrepid Museum, the Durst Organization and HYHK Alliance for their support. Voting closes at midnight tomorrow (Tuesday). Vote here…

Happy belated birthdays to Karim Rashid and Ron Stern.