Happy Wednesday — and welcome to the Thanksgiving edition of W42ST’s daily newsletter. We will be taking a break until Monday, but follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook for regular local updates until then.

Facing up the death of makeup artist JP Ramirez has been a challenge for New York drag queen, Inita D, but a chance discovery has helped to make the loss a little more bearable. “After losing my roommate, I stumbled upon his face charts portfolio. Seeing his artistry on paper made me want to bring it to life to honor him,” said Inita. More here…

When I arrived in New York 9 years ago, my daily commute was a walk along W37th Street from my apartment on 9th Avenue to a co-working space on 7th Avenue — Fashion Avenue. I would see the wholesale fabric stores, the clothes rails being pushed around the streets and get sneak peeks of showrooms as my elevator made its way up to the office. However, I gained little knowledge of the Garment District — a historical area that abuts and overlaps Hell’s Kitchen. That all changed this week when I took a free walking tour of the area with Michael Kaback as a guide. More here…


What we’ve been reading

Will you be taking public transportation this Thanksgiving? (amNY)

Grand Central’s Hyatt Hotel is to be replaced by a 1,646 feet tall, 83 stories high skyscraper. (New York Post)

Hell’s Kitchen luxury buildings are becoming popular as pied-a-terres. (Forbes)

For one day only — a Thanksgiving Market at Grand Central Terminal. (GCP)

Lightscape looks worth a trip over to Brooklyn to see. (Brooklyn Mag)

Freeze Frame

When W42ST transformed from being a monthly print publication to a digital daily newsletter on March 13 last year — I was celebrating the arrival of my son, Joe, in New York. Reading that first daily newsletter 20 months on reminds me of how much that I am thankful for.

I’m thankful, quite frankly, that I am still alive after dodging COVID and a heart attack! I’m thankful for my wonderful partner, Gwen, for sharing the experiences of the highs and lows of the pandemic. I’m thankful that when I pick up Joe from JFK this afternoon that I will complete the process of being reunited with all my family again. I’m thankful for the love of my friends — and I’m thankful for everyone who has shared the journey of Hell’s Kitchen through this time of crisis by reading the daily newsletter.

Have a wonderful time reconnecting with your friends and family this Thanksgiving. If you’re on your own at this time of year, hit reply — I love to chat!

Happy birthday to Kitty Baker and Bill Young.