Good morning and welcome to a new month. There are predictions of an April snowstorm this morning — followed by temperatures over 70 this afternoon. Just another one of those days.

The W42ST inbox was full this morning with some pretty bizarre news. The New York Public Library has reached a deal with Amazon to take over their landmark building on W42nd Street, MSG is going to become a Nike Town and Mayor Eric Adams struck a multi-billion dollar deal with Mark Zuckerberg to rename Central Park to Meta Park. Read more…

In other news. Back in April 2018, we mourned the loss of BB King Blues Club on W42nd Street. Heading downstairs on a Sunday for a Beatles Brunch was a treat for many. The marquee is still there – but if you head downstairs this Sunday you will step into the world of Target! Read more…

Target on W42nd Street Times Square

Residents, local politicians and housing activists gathered on W46th Street yesterday morning to protest the condition of two buildings that have been a living nightmare for apartment renters for years. Read more…

Leah James Housing Conservation Coordinators

What we’ve been reading

Returning workers want to meet halfway with their bosses — or at least come into the office for half the time. (Bloomberg)

The pandemic closed down this New York low-alcohol drinking venue — but it lives on in a book. (New York Times)

Did the rich set the agenda for what happened in Washington Square Park during the pandemic? (Gothamist)

The story of a store owner and a homeless man. (City Journal)

If that big new phone won’t fit comfortably in your hand, here are some tips… (WSJ)

Freeze Frame

Thank you to Michael William G for this freaky find on W47th between 9/10th Avenue. “So this gave me a mild heart attack,” he said on Instagram.

Happy birthday to Belle Bakst and Sarah Timms.