Happy Thursday. The sun is back! Yippee! We’ve got temperatures today in the high 70s and low humidity. Even better news, it’s going to be like this for the next few days. Double yippee!!

Those pesky spotted lanternflies seem to love clustering around our West Side glass and steel towers. We’ve observed hordes of them at Hudson Yards, Manhattan West and Waterline Square. If you feel squeamish about squishing, help is at hand with a DIY contraption with a soccer cone at its core to trap the pests. Read more…

Spotted Lanternfly


Intrepid Concorde

Tonight, join the Intrepid Museum’s Curator of Aviation Eric Boehm and former Concorde pilot Captain Leslie Scott, who was the pilot in command of that historic record-breaking flight, on a rare virtual tour of the supersonic British Airways Concorde! Register here for this free virtual program visit.

Director, actor and educator Alexa Kelly moved to New York 34 years ago and has put down firm roots in the neighborhood. This evening, she will be on the red carpet as Director of Strings Attached at its opening night on Theatre Row. Read her West Side Story…

Alexa Kelly

Remember to vote and nominate your favorite places in the W42ST Best of Awards 2022 — sponsored by Wells Fargo and supported by Intrepid Museum and the Durst Organization. Vote here…

W42ST Best of Awards 2022

What we’ve been reading

It’s bye-bye to masks on public transit. (6sqft)

Broadway Fleamarket returns this month — last year it raised over $750k! (Broadway News)

Penn Station gets 18-foot ceilings as LIRR facelift is unveiled by Governor Hochul. (CBS)

Take a bow! We’ve won the award for most stressed out commuters. (TimeOut)

Heat inequality is killing people in New York City — and the contrasts between neighborhoods are stark, say researchers. (The Guardian)

Freeze Frame

Empire State Sunrise Gary Hershorn

Gary Hershorn was up bright and early this morning to record the return of the sun to New York City. “The Empire State Building casts a shadow as the sun rises behind it Thursday morning,” he said on Twitter.

Happy birthday to Jessica Chen.