Good morning and happy Tuesday. We’ve got a grey and muggy day today. Temperatures in the mid-70s, with the chance of thundery rainstorms overnight into Wednesday. The sun is back on Thursday…

A water main break in Times Square flooded streets and seeped into the subway system early Tuesday morning, shutting down roads in Midtown Manhattan and suspending some subway services. Read more…

Times Square Flood

Madison Square Garden will be sticking around at its current location above Penn Station for at least five more years — after a City Council committee voted to grant the venue a new short-term special operating permit on Monday.  However, the reduced term was heralded as an opportunity to create “a train station that is worthy of the greatest city in the world.” Read more…

MSG Penn Station

What we’ve been reading

* Stories that might be behind a paywall are marked with a 💰

Gramercy Park Hotel will reopen — but not just yet. (NY1)

A Hell’s Kitchen activist shares her opinion on the congestion charge. (Streetsblog)

Rare birds are coming to New York — but that might not be a good sign. (New York Times💰)

The vampires are descending on Hell’s Kitchen this fall… (TimeOut)

Archive footage of the battle for gay rights in NYC in the 1970s and 80s. (NYC Dept of Records & Information)

Freeze Frame

Pizza Shack Green Door

The long-awaited Pizza Shack on W57th Street between 11/12th Avenue will open today. We’ll be bringing you a full report tomorrow — but hit reply if you have any memories to share of the place’s former life as the Green Door dive bar.

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