Good morning, Hell’s Kitchen! Every day we are getting more excited by the announcements of new events and restrictions being lifted around the city.

Tomorrow, Pier 76 will become a public space for us all to enjoy. In less than 5 months, the NYPD Tow Pound at Pier 76 has been transformed into a 5-acre plaza in Hudson River Park. More here…

We read in The Village Voice yesterday that “in 2016, there were 4.9 million registered voters in New York City. In the following year’s general election, Mayor Bill de Blasio clinched his second term with just 726,361 votes. That means only 14 percent of people who could vote, voted for de Blasio.”

We’re publishing an article from THE CITY today — “Why We Might Not Know Who Won the NYC Mayoral Primary Until Mid-July” — which includes tips to help you navigate the 2021 elections.

W42ST will be asking the six candidates fighting to replace Corey Johnson as the member for Council District 3 to share their West Side Stories before election day.


What we’ve been reading

Actor Lisa Banes is in a critical condition after a hit and run accident near Lincoln Center. (Vulture)

Humidity is high as the heatwave continues this week. (New York Post)

Nearly two-thirds of workers will return to New York offices at the end of summer. (NBC)

Bruce will be bossing it again on Broadway this summer. (Gothamist)

10 things to avoid doing next time you’re shopping at Trader Joe’s. (Medium)

Freeze Frame

Thanks to Kerry Byrne for the news that Rudy’s is returning on August 1. Baron von Swine will be back on 9th Avenue after a hiatus of nearly 18 months (although the Baron did make an appearance last October for an afternoon).

Kerry (pictured with manager Danny DePamphilis) shared: “Rudy’s, among other claims to fame, is featured in the Steely Dan song Black Cow and has cheaply lubricated the lips of celebrities, locals and visitors alike for many decades.”