Good morning and happy Thursday. The forecast is for sun this morning — but looking out the window, that will be filtering through wildfire smoke again. Some cloud arrives early afternoon — and the numbers tell us that the temperature high will be 87 degrees (and air quality will be much like yesterday at around 120).

More than fifty street vendors and advocates rallied to protest against Hudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation over their alleged displacement from Bella Abzug Park. Read more…

Street Vendors Hudson Yards protest

Actress turned journalist and author Yvonna Russell shares her West Side Story, along with insider tips on her favorite Hell’s Kitchen spots. Read more…

Yvonna Russell with Arnold Wilkerson at Little Pie Company

What we’ve been reading

Broadway is slowly becoming a “linear park” — here’s a progress report. (Streetsblog)

As New York gets hotter — cooling stations remain closed. (Gothamist)

How Little Island took the stage in the art world. (All Arts)

The cost of a subway ride will rise in August. (The Guardian)

Could the dining automats be making a comeback in NYC? (CBS)

Freeze Frame

Jim Lahey birthday

Belated happy birthday to Jim Lahey at Sullivan Street Bakery. He’s pictured celebrating last night downtown at Superiority Burger on Avenue A. “I can not praise the food, service and decor any higher. My favorite meal this year,” he said on Instagram.

This got us thinking about the W42ST Best of Awards 2023. Mark your calendars for Friday September 29. We might create some new categories this year (check out the 2022 list)… What do you think we should add? Best burger, best pizza, best cocktail, best park, best pup…? Hit reply with your ideas.

Happy birthday today to Marti Gould Cummings.