Good morning. We hope that you stayed safe last night as Hell’s Kitchen got battered by Ida. New York City issued its first-ever Flash Flood Emergency — and the hourly rainfall record (created only two weeks ago) was exceeded when 3.15 inches fell between 8:51 and 9:51pm last night.

Yesterday, the Theatre Development Fund announced that they will be reopening their TKTS booth under the red steps in Times Square. During its 18 month closure, the landmark location has served as a barometer of New York life. Check out our story and photo/video gallery of the iconic red steps during the pandemic.

Charlamagne Tha God is following in the footsteps (and billboard space) of Jon Stewart and Trevor Noah on 11th Avenue. The host of The Breakfast Club radio show is launching his new Comedy Central series, Tha God’s Honest Truth, in Hell’s Kitchen this month. More here…


With the highly contagious Delta variant still spreading, many employers are slowing down their return-to-office plans. A survey completed by the Partnership for New York City between August 9 and 20 found that only 41% of Manhattan office workers will return to their workplace by September 30, down from a projection of 62% in a similar survey done by the organization in late May. More here…

What we’ve been reading

Farewell to the stars of this food website’s reviews. (Eater)

How does the Garment District — the home of American fashion — recover from the pandemic? (Forbes)

Gyms ask for a lift as rent bills run up. (Crain’s)

Delayed by the pandemic — 700-person nightclub, Nebula, set to open Sept 23 on W41st Street. (New York Post)

The rise and fall of the Singer Tower — the lost skyscraper. (It’s History)

Freeze Frame

Thanks to Melissa Katzman for recording the rainfall on the corner of W52nd Steet and 9th Avenue last night.

Happy birthday to Charles “Chuck” Gomez, Jonathan Schnapp and Heather Carlucci.