Good morning and welcome to a snowy Saturday. The nor’easter has arrived and we can report from being out there from 6:30am that it’s certainly a story. However, we wrapped up and it was fine. In the words of British comedian Billy Connolly: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.”

Here’s our photo story on what’s happening in Hell’s Kitchen this morning from Times Square to 10th Avenue. More pics…


Here’s what’s been happening in the neighborhood this week…

As popular neighborhood restaurant Laly set up a fundraiser to stave off closure, a new survey from Goldman Sachs highlighted how many small businesses are on the brink. Read more…

In September, the Crystal Symphony celebrated its return to cruising from New York City as it headed out of the Hudson to Bermuda. Last weekend the cruise ship took an unusual detour — diverting its route from Miami to the Bahamas to avoid arrest by US officials for not paying for millions of dollars of fuel, as its operating company filed for bankruptcy. Read more…

On-air television meteorologist Bonnie Schneider is a familiar face on TV — and as a Hell’s Kitchen resident, you might have spotted her around the neighborhood too. While some of us were vegging around in sweatpants during the pandemic lockdown, she was writing a book, Taking the Heat — which focuses on climate change and its affects on our mental health. Here’s Bonnie’s West Side Story…

A new era for pre-train dining is on the horizon as Penn Station’s newest complex, the Moynihan Train Hall, plans to open a brand-new, upscale food hall in its state-of-the-art station. Hungry LIRR and Amtrak commuters longing for something other than Magnolia Bakery cupcakes, Chopt, and H&H Bagels will have to wait, however, as the majority of its planned food kiosks have yet to open. Details here…

While Governor Hochul and NY’s Supreme Court clash over mask mandates — the Maskalorian has taken to the streets of the city. May the mask be with you…

In the heart of gritty, 1970s Times Square, a sadistic serial killer terrorized the neighborhood — but why don’t more people know about the crime at The Travel Inn on W42nd Street? The newly released Netflix documentary Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer takes a deep dive into one of Midtown’s most prolific eras of violence, and the disturbing phenomenon surrounding the lack of public recognition of a man who managed to get away with brutally torturing and murdering dozens of women. Read more…

Grammy winner Philip Lawrence has put his apartment at One West End (the corner of W59th St and 11th Ave) on the market for $8.25m. Check out the great view of Hell’s Kitchen — and his amazing closet! More here…

Back on the streets… The Hell’s Kitchen Community Cupboard — a neighborhood food share currently open outside the Ryan Chelsea-Clinton Community Health Center on 10th Avenue — is seeking a second home with electricity for a refrigerator as they look to expand operations. Read more…

If you’ve not taken the $2.75 ride from Hell’s Kitchen to Staten Island yet, get in quick. There is pressure rising on NYC Ferry services that are being subsidized $9.34 per ride. Mayor de Blasio dropped $23.2 million into the project last month before he departed. More here…


What we’ve been reading

More subway troubles — this time because their abandoned cars are not making great reefs. (Fast Company)

While apartment rents go up, being a roommate has become a little cheaper. (amNY)

The charge is coming for more electric vehicles, thanks to tax breaks. (New York Magazine)

“Musical Storefronts” returns to Lincoln Square. (I Love The Upper West Side)

This New York singer broke up with The Beatles — and he has no plans to get back! (New York Times)


Freeze Frame

Now’s the time to make those plans for Valentine’s Day. Check out the newly decorated windows along 9th Avenue. Amy’s Bread has got in the mood — and Westway Diner and Grind Coffee have commissioned a window artist. Thanks to Sarah for compiling this amazing list of reader recommendations and heart warming ideas. Read more…

Happy birthday to Joanna Harp and Paul Andrew.