Happy Thursday. The year is looking up with some great news for the west side!

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced that the State would be investing $51 billion and creating 196,000 jobs in developing what he called “Manhattan Midtown West” (there must be a better name than that!?)

“We will show New Yorkers and the world that a new New York City is in reach and that the future is bright,” he said. All the details here…


Andrew Yang says that New York should have TikTok ‘hype houses’. I had to look that up… Apparently, a hype house is a collective of content creators who live and work in the same space. For a model, he should walk a couple of blocks to check out Manhattan Plaza, a home for a collective of creators since it opened with a ribbon-cutting by Mayor Beame in 1977.

If Andrew is busy, he can watch the documentary A Miracle on 42nd Street — all about Manhattan Plaza — next week. The Florence Belsky Charitable Foundation hosts a free virtual screening of the Emmy award-winning documentary film on Thursday at 7:30pm. You can sign up here…

What We’ve Been Reading

Who knew what a New York without tourists would actually look like? (Huff Post)

There’s some awesome new art at Grand Central Terminal. (Untapped Cities)

The Broadway dry cleaners fighting for survival. (Bronx Times)

Here’s the 10 best things about living in NYC. Anything to add? (TimeOut)

Meet the Instagrammer holding restaurants to account. (Grub Street)

Freeze Frame

Times Square Alliance continues its Shop & Dine promotion. If you pick up something for $25 or more at a store and head to dinner afterward at certain restaurants — you get a free blanket! Details of participating stores and restaurants here…