Good morning and happy Friday! The weather pundits are split on how good today and the weekend will be. New York Metro Weather has a rating of 3 out of 10 (they are not humidity fans), whereas Currently in NYC are going with a bike rating of 8 out of 10. We will take the 8 and plan to have as much sweaty summer outdoor fun as possible…

In a bid to combat the rise of record-setting rat sightings, the Department of Sanitation is floating a proposal to curb the seemingly never-ending presence of odorous trash bags on New York’s sidewalks with a new rule that would shift trash take-out to 8pm. Read more…

Trash Bags Hell's Kitchen

As the fate of Hell’s Kitchen’s shuttered hotels slowly comes into focus, the vacant Hudson Hotel on W58th Street and 9th Avenue is slated to be converted into shared space housing by developer CSC Coliving. Read more…

Hudson Hotel

What we’ve been reading

New York City congestion tolls might be moving forward… (NBC)

With inflation rising, singles are thinking twice about the cost of dating. (New York Post)

Competitive Democratic primaries could be swayed by Republicans. (Gothamist)

Evictions are rising as rents spiral in New York. (6sqft)

A review of Waterline Square’s addition to the West Side. (Curbed)

Freeze Frame

W42ST Tiktok

In our efforts to grow W42ST’s audience we’ve done a couple of things. Firstly, yesterday we went on TikTok. Follow us at — and we’ll follow back.

Secondly, (and more importantly) Naty Caez (who you might know as @natymichele on Instagram) has joined us to help with audience development. Please say hi to Naty at if you have ideas to help W42ST grow. And do tell your friends about us!

Happy belated birthday greetings to Luisa Cerutti at Domus.