Happy Wednesday. The good news is that the weather is getting back to normal. Just the chance of a shower late afternoon. However, the bad news is we’ve got the Canadian smoke back. Nobody seems sure how poor the air quality will be, but it’s already obvious in the sky this morning…

Meanwhile, we’ll be seeing something else high in the sky over Hell’s Kitchen soon. An 8th Avenue “supertall” tower containing an amusement park ride has been given the go-ahead by the city’s Department of Buildings — sparking pushback from local residents, who say the busy intersection is no place for a thrill ride. Read more…

Renderings 740 8th Avenue


From working at Manhattan Plaza Health Club to producing plays and musicals on Broadway, it’s the sense of community that has kept Clayton Howe in Hell’s Kitchen through his New York journey (and a desire to live on W43rd Street). Read Clay’s West Side Story…

Clayton Howe

What we’ve been reading

Office tower plan to fund Penn Station renovations has officially failed. (NY1)

NYPD cannot tow all the cars with illegal plates — there isn’t enough space! (Gothamist)

New York’s glass buildings are an invisible danger for birds. (Audubon)

40% of NYC’s construction workers are undocumented — and more women are taking on the jobs. (The Guardian)

Furby is making a comeback — and this time it has an off switch! (WSJ)

Freeze Frame

Dogs of Paws

It’s always nice to see folks making the most of rainy days. Thanks to dog walker @streetsofpaws for this picture from 10th Avenue. “Enjoying this drizzling rain day with this handsome golden! Have you ever seen a happy pup like Dusty that enjoys the rain?!” he said on Instagram.

Happy birthday to Victoria Sophia and Aleta LaFargue.