Good morning and happy Thursday. More of the same summer weather today. Steamy, not quite reaching 90 degrees and the chance of afternoon thundery showers.

As Prime Day deliveries descend on the city and building staff face insurmountable piles of packages, some experts have called for a rethink. Meanwhile, New York concierges are finding solutions for their residents. Read more…

Package Delivery Hell's Kitchen

While the theater world returns to “normal”, behind the scenes Michael Kushner has been fighting an intense, two-year battle to diagnose myriad symptoms cascading from first-wave COVID-19. Read more…

Michael Kushner

What we’ve been reading

City plan for inflatable flood defenses seems like a dam bad idea. (Curbed)

The Commission to Combat Police Corruption reports that the disciplinary system appears corrupt… (THE CITY)

Who owns the block? The property developer chess game on 8th Avenue. (Crain’s)

Forget the free pizza and happy hours, workers are heading back to the office for the AC! (WSJ)

Ryan Sutton is recommending these 9th Avenue experiences in his best of 2022 (so far) list — “Anticuchos at Kausa” and “Tuna roll at Mari”. (Eater)

Freeze Frame

New York Carriage Horses

This scene on 10th Avenue yesterday evening could become a thing of the past within two years. A coalition of City Council members is attempting to ban horse-drawn carriages in Central Park and replace them with electric alternatives by June 1, 2024. The bill is being supported this afternoon by local council member Erik Bottcher.

Happy birthday to Travis Moser.