Good morning and happy Wednesday. Today is a bit like yesterday but without the bright sunshine. There’s an afternoon high of 58 degrees — and a forecast of rain for tomorrow.

The long-awaited 9th Avenue “super sidewalk” and bike lane extension officially opened yesterday. Local leaders and pedestrian safety advocates gathered to celebrate the newly completed throughway, while Hell’s Kitchen residents highlighted a need for more protected lanes across the neighborhood. Read more…

Erik Bottcher on bike


Brian Bustos is a Broadway costume designer and the Chief Creative Officer of LaDuca Shoes. Originally from New Mexico, he has lived in Hell’s Kitchen for 14 years and enjoys the neighborhood’s excitement and energy. Read Brian’s West Side Story…

Brian Bustos LaDuca Shoes

What we’ve been reading

One Vanderbilt skyscraper evacuated after “shake”. (Daily Mail)

This guy proposed via a Times Square billboard. (New York Post)

Maybe having a yard isn’t that fun after all… (Curbed)

Those earbuds with tiny batteries are not built to last. (WSJ)

At last, a New York airport wins praise! (CBS)

Freeze Frame

Bugsy and Cruella

We just started to follow @bugsyandcruella on Instagram. Thanks for tagging W42ST in such a lovely “feels like spring has really sprung” photo yesterday. Scrolling through their account, you can spot Bugsy and mom, Taryn, easily around the neighborhood with their matching coats.

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