Good morning and happy Thursday. Summer has truly arrived today, with temperatures rising to the mid-80s this afternoon. However, the Canadian wildfire smoke is back, which means there is an air quality alert in place until tomorrow morning. This was the view from New Jersey at sunrise today (thanks to Gary Hershorn for the pic).

Canadian Smoke NYC at sunrise

Tired of refreshing Resy, only to find the city’s hottest restaurants already booked out? A new app aims to outwit, outplay and outlast the popular booking system to give “everyday diners” a fighting chance of trying Don Angie’s lasagna. Read more…

Tarek Arafat (left) and Frank Besson (right) are two New Yorkers who got tired of missing out on the city's hardest-to-get reservations.

Times Square is the Crossroads of the World, the place where the ball drops to mark each new year — and also, for half a century, the location of TKTS. Yesterday, the Theater Development Fund (TDF) celebrated 50 years of ticket selling at the famous red steps in Father Duffy Square. Read more…

TKTS 50 Times Square

What we’ve been reading

* Stories that might be behind a paywall are marked with a 💰

Audit finds the security of New York’s water system is out-of-date. (Spectrum)

Schucks! You can shell out at the “oyster bike” at Lincoln Center this summer! (I Love The UWS)

Chef’s Table’s $430 menu at Brooklyn Fare is the only Hell’s Kitchen mention in this list. (Grub Street💰)

Protests over the demolition of Chelsea NYCHA housing in rebuild plan. (CBS)

All South Koreans have turned a year or two younger in the past few days… (The Guardian)

Freeze Frame

Ice Cream Delivery Ben & Jerry's on W51st St

Thank you to Leslie Boghosian Murphy for this FREEZE Frame photo of James Healy and Jason Wade Mann stocking up their new Ben & Jerry’s store on W51st Street (just west of 9th Avenue). What a COOL pic! They are now open 12-12, 7 days a week.

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