Good morning and happy Humpday! Spring is in the air on this November day. Unpack those summer clothes for the next week — and sweaters are strictly evening wear for now.

In another memory of warmer days… During New York’s Halloween season, one intrepid theater artist took on 2022’s unofficial least-liked celebrity: the spotted lanternfly. Freelance designer Brendan McCann turned to the infamous invasive pest for inspiration, then risked being squished while venturing out in Times Square. Read more…

Brendan McCann Spotted Lanternfly


Broadway stars gathered in a glittering ceremony Tuesday afternoon to rename the Brooks Atkinson Theatre after Lena Horne, in honor of her legacy as a performer and civil rights trailblazer. The dedication itself made history: the W47th St venue became the first Broadway theater to be named after a Black woman. Read more…

Stars on the red carpet for the renaming of a theater in honor of Lena Horne

What we’ve been reading

New York City’s strictest-in-the-nation COVID vaccine mandate covering the private sector is officially over. (NBC)

First reported on by W42ST in January, the Bar at Moynihan Train Hall is proving to be a surprise hit… (New York Times)

The cost of Thanksgiving dinner is soaring in 2022. (USA Today)

DeSantis stumps for Zeldin as polls flag the possibility of first Republican New York governor since 2002. (Politico)

Sad to hear that legendary restaurant reviewer Gael Greene has died. (Eater)

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Give me your cat golthar

This cat-sitting service is currently only available in Washington Heights — but I am sure if you DM @GoltharTerrorOfTheDeep, he might consider a Hell’s Kitchen kitty!

Happy birthday to Gary He, Stacy Lewin and Mary Beth Dunn.