Good morning and happy Tuesday! It’s one of those days where keeping readers connected and updated (while being upbeat) is challenging. Read on — and we will promise you something to smile at in the end.

Taboon is closed following a fire that broke out in the Mediterranean/Middle Eastern restaurant just after midnight on May 16. Though everyone in the building remained safe, several tenants have been displaced by the fire and suffered the loss of nearly all their belongings. Read more…

In less than 30 minutes, public safety issues in Hell’s Kitchen were starkly laid out by neighbors in fear. One small theater owner asked, “how many people need to be hurt before something’s done about this?” A woman told of an assault on her husband, a doctor, on his way home from work: “My husband’s face was broken. He was already a traumatic brain injury survivor.” Read our report…

What we’ve been reading

A bus driver shortage is putting the brakes on NYC mass transit. (THE CITY)

From Hell’s Kitchen to chocolate heaven! Timothée Chalamet is to star in Willy Wonka’s origin tale. (Deadline)

Did you see The Daily Show’s vaccine swag round-up? (Vulture)

You can now roller skate at JFK. (Thrillist)

Schumer updates on Broadway’s return — but there’s no word on delayed funding. (Broadway News)

Freeze Frame

This will make you smile. Check out the rehearsals in Times Square for the Broadway Bares virtual show — airing June 20. Thanks to TKTS for their red steps and Instagram post!