Good morning and happy Tuesday. Don’t let that early morning cloud fool you — it’s going to be muggy and wet for most of the day, starting around 11am. So if you’ve got errands to run, stop reading the newsletter now and dash outside to do them!

What’s that sound? If you live on the West Side, it’s probably a helicopter. Whether it’s a BLADE ’copter headed to the Hamptons, a mysterious, low flying helicopter over Hell’s Kitchen, or airborne police activity, locals and New Yorkers at large are growing almost as fed up with the not-so-ambient noise as they are of the city’s rampant rat problem – leading lawmakers to press for fewer choppers circling the Big Apple. Read more…

One of the largest cruise ships to ever dock in Manhattan has arrived at its berth next to the Intrepid, ahead of a naming ceremony Wednesday evening. With the customary breaking of a bottle of champagne against her hull, MSC Seascape will be named by Hollywood legend Sophia Loren, who is “Godmother” to several MSC cruise ships. Read more…

What we’ve been reading

Place your bets! Check out who’s at the table, gambling to win a New York City casino license. (The Real Deal)

How a death on the West Side Highway motivated legislation on the cost of a life. (New York Daily News)

Shells journey from dinner plates to docks as environmentalists and restaurateurs use mollusks to boost New York’s ecology. (THE CITY)

Good to see Ryan Sutton slurping up the new Gotham West Market ramen offering. (Eater)

A new kinetic sculpture at the Lincoln Center celebrates the many languages of New York. (West Side Rag)

Freeze Frame

Thanks to Matthew Currie (on Instagram as @hubiemyer) for tagging us in this picture. Matthew has an ongoing social media project of “Hell’s Kitchen at Night”. This is part 97 — “Cheese Bus”. He’s worth a follow…

Happy birthday to Sam Kimball and Sylvia Glockengiesser.