Good morning and happy Wednesday. We’re experiencing a historical snow-free period in New York City. Mild temperatures continue today with the sun out and a high of 50 degrees (although the wind makes it feel a bit chillier). Rain tomorrow, enjoy today!

In the early hours of this morning, a Hell’s Kitchen smoke shop worker was shot. Police are searching for at least five men after the incident, which happened on the same day as New York City Council holds a hearing about the unlicensed stores. Read more…

Smoke City Shooting


The Port Authority announced yesterday that the New Jersey-bound north tube of the Holland Tunnel is to close six nights a week for post-Hurricane Sandy repairs until 2025. The decision, more than 10 years after the superstorm, will lead to overnight traffic diversions to the nearby Lincoln Tunnel in Hell’s Kitchen as well as the George Washington Bridge and Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. Read more…

Diversions Holland Tunnel closure to Lincoln Tunnel

What we’ve been reading

“There’s no more room in New York”, Mayor tells migrants — and appeals for help from other cities. (NY1)

A new sound detection program will give $800 fines to drivers making noise above 85 decibels — think no mufflers/loud music. (PIX11)

New York City’s nightlife establishments are stocking up on opioid overdose rescue kits. (Gothamist)

An “electric car is still a car” — Christine Berthet writes about “car anxiety”. (Streetsblog)

GotToGoNYC is the personal project of Theodora Siegel in search of the city’s bathrooms. (New York Times)

Freeze Frame

Living Lantern Garment District artists Mark Nixon Viliina Koivisto Frankie Boyle

If you’re looking for a little seasonal boost amid the winter darkness, head over to the Garment District for their newest free public art installation: the mesmerizing and interactive, Living Lantern, which was unveiled last night. Read more…

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