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Good morning and happy Thursday. Remember how gorgeous yesterday was? Well, today will be pretty much the same, but even hotter. We’re looking at an afternoon high of 86 degrees. Enjoy…

Ted Arenas, a prominent figure in Hell’s Kitchen’s LGBTQ nightlife community, is expanding his hospitality portfolio. The Red Stache, set to open in August, will occupy the space previously held by Casellula on W52nd Street. Read more…

Ted Arenas


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Vivvi Midtown West is now enrolling in infant, toddler and preschool classrooms. Join us for a fun-filled morning of teacher-led activities and a special performance from Jam with Jamie! [RSVP]

Diana Kusko is an advisor on senior living who moved to the neighborhood 12 years ago — “it just feels right,” she says. Diana is W42ST’s former dating columnist and a keen scuba diver. Read her West Side Story…

Diana Kusko

What we’ve been reading

The unions take a much bigger role in shaping NYC’s skyline than you might think… (The Real Deal)

Can $7bn change Penn Station into a first-class transit hub? (The B1M)

The NYPD is welcoming a new member into its ranks: a K-9 robot dog. (NBC)

There goes sanity… a ham and cheese sandwich for $29 in NYC! (Gothamist)

Got a green thumb? You can get “upscale” compost from eucalyptus-eating goats and even a blend from Princess Diana’s childhood home. (WSJ)

Freeze Frame

Jim Lahey Sullivan Street Bakery

In my personal reintroduction to the neighborhood, I popped by Sullivan Street Bakery on W47th Street yesterday. It was great to enjoy the sunshine and Jim Lahey took the time to sit down and chat about a baker’s life and surviving their flood.

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