Happy Monday — and hello August!

The month started well with three familiar faces greeting Hell’s Kitchen drinkers as Rudy’s legendary dive bar opened its doors again. Owner Jack Ertl was on hand, along with long-time general manager Danny DePamphilis — and, of course, Baron von Swine had his wave and piggy smile ready at the door of the 9th Avenue saloon. Details and more pictures here…

Last month was the 3rd wettest July on record in New York with over 11 inches of rainfall. Our friends at THE CITY have pulled together a climate change plan for New Yorkers — it’s worth a read!

Tomorrow (Tuesday) sees the National Night Out Against Crime — and Hell’s Kitchen is playing host to two free fun events.

What we’ve been reading

Council restricts food delivery apps in New York City. (Gothamist)

Here’s the latest on Broadway vaccinations… (Broadway Journal)

50,000 CUNY students get pandemic debt forgiveness. (Eyewitness News)

Prepare to “Fall off the Porch” — Virgil’s returns to Times Square. (TimeOut)

Need to make a proper phone call from a proper phone booth? Try the Harvard Club! (Ephemeral New York)

Freeze Frame

Thanks to Scott for this Hell’s Kitchen Happy Birthday moment — complete with a little gift from NYPD!

Happy Birthday today to Howard Miller — and belated wishes to Chris Welty (we just hope that’s not your car with the ticket!)