Good morning and happy Wednesday. We’re in for another hot day. Sunny until around 3pm, when temperatures will be hitting 93 degrees. Cloud cover might help cool things down after that. Keep cool, if you can…

It’s bad news for rodents… Yesterday, Council Member Erik Bottcher led New York City’s Rat Czar Kathleen Corradi on a tour of Hell’s Kitchen’s rat hotspots — in the hope that something can be done about the infestation of vermin that has plagued the neighborhood for years. Read more…

CM Erik Bottcher and Rat Czar Kathleen Corradi in Hell's Kitchen


Last night, the Community Board delivered what might be the first bar in Hell’s Kitchen (and New York) that can only be open until 10:30! When did HK become rural England!?

The application for a beer and wine license for a new Pocket Bar on W57th Street floundered amid comments ranging from “who would want to live above a bar?” and would you want this on your “beloved block?” — to folks saying this bar “revitalized the block.” Others remarked that the business was “aggressive by signing a lease!” and the “caliber of clientele does not attract noise.”

We have put in a Freedom of Information Request to see the letters from the community that have stymied this application. Meanwhile, the CB4 Business Licenses & Permits Committee session is available on YouTube (it’s just over an hour). Watch here…

The final decision is down to the Full Board on July 26 at 6:30pm — mark your calendars (and grab some popcorn).

MCB4 License Zoom

What we’ve been reading

The battle on this UWS street is not an open and shut case. (Streetsblog)

When is a crime not a crime? Reporting it is not enough to make the stats. (West Side Rag)

The report on the state of New York beaches is a bit sh*t… (New York Post)

Chronicling New York’s deadly draft riots of 1863. (Bowery Boys)

Tips and shortcuts to make your work day go faster. (WSJ)

Freeze Frame

Spotted Lanternflies Instar Four Hell's Kitchen

Yep, look closely. Those spotted lanternflies are gathering. Thanks to Catie Savage for this picture of the currently wingless “fourth instar” stage nymphs hanging out on W49th Street and 10th Avenue. Have you been seeing them too?

Happy birthday to Danny Bristoll.