Good morning and happy Tuesday. It’s going to remain humid this morning, with the chance of some rain showers. This afternoon those strong winds will arrive again (especially the further west you are) and will relieve the humidity a little. Tomorrow is looking fabulous!

New York State Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal has joined the fight against unauthorized cannabis shops — and is calling for a “hands-on approach” involving the Hell’s Kitchen community and for the Office of Cannabis Management Director “to act quickly and aggressively to shut down these unlicensed stores.” Read more…

Hell's Kitchen Smoke Shop

Professional choreographer and director Jessica Chen arrived in New York as a student at the Ailey School and never left! Hell’s Kitchen “has been my home, safe space and HQ ever since,” she says. Read Jessica’s West Side Story…

Jessica Chen at Bird & Branch

What we’ve been reading

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

Check out this paparazzi-proof building on 11th Avenue down in Chelsea. (Robb Report)

As apps take over restaurant reservations, phones are disconnected and owners are not keen on you DM-ing them! (Eater)

Why was New York hit so much harder by COVID than LA? (Los Angeles Times💰)

The DA is investigating close connections and friends of Mayor Adams. (New York Times💰)

Exploring Henry Dreyfuss’s symbol legacy — and its connection to W42nd St. (WSJ)

Freeze Frame


We’re always intrigued by new businesses popping up around the neighborhood as we walk the streets. The tailors and dry cleaners next door to Amy’s Bread on 9th Avenue was demolished a while ago. See below how the street looked in 2012 (thanks Google Streetview).

Laundomat Amy's Bread Balcon

We did see them putting up a sign at the end of June (which has since been covered up). Do you reckon it’s “Balcon” — or is a “Y” going to appear before opening?


Happy birthday to Chaya Cooper and Aviva Mohilner.