Good morning and welcome to the weekend! It’s going to be a toss up as to which will be the hotter day — as both Saturday and Sunday will peak at over 95 degrees. With the humidity, it’ll feel even hotter. Keep cool (and hydrated) as the National Weather Service Heat Advisory is in place until at least 8pm tomorrow.

After several tenures as a temporary shelter, The Skyline Hotel on 10th Avenue is part of the plan to house families arriving in New York seeking asylum. Elected officials are calling on Mayor Adams’ administration and the federal government for a more permanent housing infrastructure solution. Read more…

Skyline Hotel

Here’s the rest of the news from Hell’s Kitchen this week…

New York City Council’s “preliminary” redistricting plans will split Hell’s Kitchen into THREE! “Historically, the City has tried to destroy Hell’s Kitchen by neglect. The developers have tried by stealth and illegal demolition. Maybe this time the City Council will succeed,” said Jean-Daniel Noland. Read more reaction (and add your comments)…

Hell's Kitchen District Map

A firefighter was seriously injured after being crushed while trying to rescue the occupants of a vehicle involved in a two-car crash in Hell’s Kitchen last weekend. Read more…

BMW Crash W42nd St and 11th Avenue

No HOT soup for us — New York lunch stalwart Hale and Hearty has closed all of its NYC stores, with no word on if or when it will reopen. Read more…

Hale and Hearty 8th Avenue

Aerialists, contortionists, magicians, naked straight-jacket escape artists, wax play — a distinctly downtown parade of performance debauchery comes to Midtown at the newly opened Rose Room, a speakeasy, cabaret and club discreetly hidden behind the blackbox theaters of the Producers Club. Read more…

Rafael Dom (Acro Boylesque) The Rose Room

The latest move in a high-stakes Monopoly game — where city officials and developers use properties, unions and people seeking shelter as pieces — has put Midtown’s Paramount Hotel in the spotlight (it will not become housing). Meanwhile, in Hell’s Kitchen, the Hudson Hotel is to be turned into luxury apartments as others continue to be temporary homeless shelters. Read more…

Paramount Hotel

Make plans to celebrate Westside Theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors 40th anniversary this afternoon from 4pm at a free, public block party in Hell’s Kitchen. Read more…

Little Shop of Horros

It’s good to see that even after the $3bn sale of Manhattan Mini Storage, the adverts remain the same!

Prince Andrew Manhattan Mini Storage Advert

Three months ago this week, Julio Ramirez left the Ritz Bar and Lounge on Restaurant Row after a night out in Hell’s Kitchen. We have been told consistently that there is a video showing three men getting into a cab with Julio. When Julio was found dead downtown he had no wallet, no phone and no form of identification. His body was at the hospital’s morgue as a “John Doe” — he had been robbed. We wrote to Council Member Erik Bottcher and Senator Brad Hoylman to ask for answers.

The elected officials told us: “Our offices are in frequent contact with the NYPD to demand justice for Julio and updates on the investigation. While the NYPD says it continues to actively investigate this case, Julio’s family, friends and our community have lost patience with the lack of progress. We’re pressing the NYPD for updates and information that can be shared publicly.”

The family of Julio deserves to know what happened — and we need to be sure that our neighborhood is safe. Read more…

Justice for Julio Ramirez Love Wins

Who needs the Staten Island Furry? If you’re looking for a dog-friendly trip out on the water, you’re in luck — the Circle Line is planning an exclusive one-day Pawsitively Perfect Pup Cruise later this month for canines and their owners to sail in style. And it’s all for a good cause. Read more…

Circle Line Pups Cruise

Still making plans for this weekend? Check out W42ST Lifestyle Editor Sarah Beling’s “Make Way For The Weekend” newsletter — your curated guide to the best of New York events.

The Cast of House of Chavis

Rooftop pool views of the Hudson River, quirky, modern design touches and tempting amenities abound at Hell’s Kitchen’s newest luxury building — The West. W42ST got an early look at the newly-opened residence full of sleek, sustainable architectural touches that could tempt many never to leave 11th Avenue. Read more…

The West Gym Hot as Hell

After a series of pandemic fits and starts, the legendary Central Park Boathouse restaurant will close this fall. We reminisce about famous screen moments at the eatery! Read more…

Loeb Boathouse Central Park

What we’ve been reading

You can now hang out at a sober dive bar in the East Village. (TimeOut)

Millions of oysters get ready for the Hudson River’s new beach. (Gothamist)

Polio has been identified in an unvaccinated adult in New York State. (New York Times)

Memories of heading to the beach — in the 1890s. (Ephemeral New York)

This parking garage has had a broken elevator for 5 months — and that’s how long owners’ cars have been stuck! (CBS)

Freeze Frame

Matthew Kilgore Wedding Nick Peachy Keen

Congratulations to dresser to the stars Matthew Kilgore and his husband Nick on their wedding yesterday. Matthew announced on Instagram: “So…we did a thing. I got to marry my best friend, my rock, my everything. We exercised our right…something we do not take for granted.”

After the legal ceremony they headed to Peachy Keen to celebrate with friends. “We decided to get this done legally now after the shenanigans of our Supreme Court. If you’ve never had a group of people vote on your right to be married, consider yourself lucky because a lot of people in our House of Representatives just voted against our right this week. Think about that. Think about it real hard,” said Matthew.

We looked it up. This week Congressman Jerry Nadler’s “Respect for Marriage Act” passed the House. The bill was approved by a vote of 267 to 157, with 47 Republicans voting in favor. Yep, that’s 157 US Representatives voting against the right for Matthew and Nick to marry!

Happy birthday to Zoe Deas.

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