Welcome to the weekend and happy Saturday. It’s going to be cloudy today and sunny tomorrow — with both days looking dry and hitting highs in the mid-70s. Get out and have fun!

Hell’s Kitchen is preparing to welcome over 200 families as the Skyline Hotel returns as a temporary homeless shelter. The move was flagged not by a formal announcement to the community or in collaboration with local elected officials, but by the mass delivery of mattresses to the sidewalk outside the hotel. Yesterday, there was criticism of homeless services and local pols: “This is being done with no notice, no consultation, no plan and no guarantees for our community.” Read more…


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Here’s your weekly update on what’s been happening around Hell’s Kitchen…

While the rental market is hotting up — there are some lotteries coming up that might offer you the dream apartment you’ve been looking for (at a price you can afford). Check out 3ELEVEN with rents from $690 per month — and the bonus is that 50% of the inventory is earmarked for Manhattan Community Board 4 residents. Read more…

Lorraine Hansberry will soon be remembered in Hell’s Kitchen with a new park — but last week Broadway legends and a who’s-who of industry greats gathered in Times Square to honor the playwright and civil rights activist with a statue. Read more…

Thank you to Max Guliani for this picture of the official flagship of the Colombian Navy A.R.C. Gloria moored at the end of Pier 86 next to the Intrepid Museum last weekend. The visit was to “mark the 200 years of special relationship between Colombia and the USA.”

This week in a City Council hearing, the future of the MTA parking lot on the corner of 9th Avenue and W54th Street was discussed. We published an Op-Ed from two local activists about the history of the project, now called The Lirio.

“Residents of Hell’s Kitchen have been fed a bunch of fake news lately about the long-term struggle for affordable housing in our area. A handful of mudslingers are tossing around a few big lies in an outrageous, behind-the-scenes attempt to give a politically connected non-profit organization a free building and a yearly million-dollar city contract under the otherwise laudable guise of developing more low-income housing,” Christine Gorman and Aleta LaFargue said. Read more…

We will be publishing other opinion pieces on this subject in the coming weeks. If you want to read some other perspectives on the issue here are Patch’s and Streetsblog’s takes.

Want to find sunny days and chase the clouds away? Look no further than W42nd Street, where a brand-new Sesame Street musical will open Off-Broadway this fall. Read more…

Tuesday evening saw some rising stars head back to the stage. On March 13, 2020, as the lights of Broadway went out for the pandemic, students of PS 212 gave an unexpected closing-night concert at the Mark Hellinger Theatre. They’re back…

A virtual community forum was held this week to address concerns from New York’s LGBTQIA+ population, while outlining the facts and clarifying misconceptions surrounding Monkeypox. Read more…

Former President Barack Obama stopped by Hell’s Kitchen on the 10th anniversary of DACA to host a roundtable on the set of ¡Americano! at New World Stages. Read more…

The streets of Times Square are a little less green after New York City’s Sheriff seized Weed World Candies trucks from Hell’s Kitchen streets over past-due parking tickets. Read more…

There’s still time to read our Lifestyle Editor Sarah Beling’s “Make Way For The Weekend” newsletter if you are looking for plans and ideas…

Just in time for the final weeks of PRIDE, much-loved 9th Avenue Saloon and Boxers are getting back in the New York groove. Both are set to reopen in Hell’s Kitchen before the end of the month’s festivities! We took a sneak peek! Read more…

A futuristic mechanical dog, a gigantic robotic arm and Mikhail Baryshnikov take the stage in a modern, immersive adaptation of Chekhov’s The Orchard — but watch for actor John McGinty, who delivers an impassioned monologue in American Sign Language. Read more…

A new team of Hell’s Kitchen and Hudson Yards neighbors has come together to revamp and reopen the Astro’s Community Dog Run — touted by the New York Times as the “one of the last, best bargains in New York” — and this weekend you can see it for yourself at an open house rekey event! Read more…

What we’ve been reading

Hudson Yards boss Stephen Ross is betting on a recession getting folks back to their office desks. (Fortune)

The oldest standing building in New York City’s history. (Twisted Sifter)

She’s still got it! The Empire State Building is the US’s number one attraction. (TimeOut)

Are rent regulations the cause of the horrible experience of NYC apartment hunting? (City Journal)

On The Rocks makes this New York Whiskey bar list. (SecretNYC)

Freeze Frame

Hell’s Kitchen artist Gwyneth Leech’s Liminal New York — now open at the Foley Gallery — captures the Big Apple’s skyscrapers as they grow into the steel and chrome titans of tomorrow. Read more…

Happy belated birthday to Nancy Shankman — and happy birthday today to Bryan Ware.