Good morning and happy Thursday. It’s a bit of a rinse-and-repeat day, replicating Wednesday’s weather. It starts out a little cloudy, but then we will have sunshine and a high of 62 degrees.

It seems like only yesterday that Hell’s Kitchen was littered with invasive, striking spotted lanternflies — but as the trees bloom and temperatures rise, the ubiquitous pest has emerged once again to blanket New York City. Read more…

A spotted lanternfly on a window

Author Amy Fusselman has lived in Hell’s Kitchen for over 20 years and still marvels at the neighborhood’s versatility — “You can never predict what’s going to appear,” she says. Read Amy’s West Side Story…

Amy Fusselman Pizza

What we’ve been reading

If you think Hell’s Kitchen is expensive, check out Hudson Yards’ first-place ranking. (SecretNYC)

Activists campaign to “puff in the park” by creating safe smoking spaces. (NBC)

Rockefeller Center will get a hotel in this office conversion plan. (WSJ)

The Central Park Boathouse will reopen after a deal was reached with the city. (Gothamist)

Kendall’s Succession penthouse is listed for sale at $29m. (The Guardian)

Freeze Frame

Blossom W57th Street

The blossoms around the neighborhood are gradually fading away, but these trees on W57th Street are still going strong nestled in between their glass and steel neighbors.

Happy birthday to Grace Olson-Davidson and Molly Jurmu Miller.