Happy Weekend. I hope you managed to keep warm yesterday. It’s all about the layers…

This weekend, the NYPD is vacating their Tow Pound at Pier 76 on 12th Avenue. It’s been their home since 1977, and they’ve been on notice since 1998. The threat by Governor Cuomo of a $15m fine last April helped get the cops moving. We messaged a few W42ST contacts yesterday morning if they had any stories about the tow pound — and were pleasantly surprised by the answers. Read on for romance, disco nights, offers of pills, inebriated cruising, slashed tires, turf wars, murder, and more…


It’s Saturday. So here’s what’s been happening in Hell’s Kitchen this week…

Last weekend, Tom D’Angora, his husband Michael and Tim Guinee worked their magic to Save Birdland. The GoFundMe appeal just topped $400k. You can still watch the three-hour telethon this weekend, but be quick!

We reported on the death of Camacho, better known as “dollar for a coffee” guy. It was a difficult story to tell. Everyone who has come across Camacho in Hell’s Kitchen will reflect in some way on his death. He might have been annoying, but our neighborhood lost a character and another human being who touched our lives. Read our story here…

NYC Restaurant Week is underway and was extended yesterday until February 28 to become Restaurant month. This year is a special “To Go” version of the event. You can order takeout or delivery — lunch or dinner — at home for just $20.21. If you’ve got a Mastercard you can even get $10 off each order! Check out the deals for local places like Amy’s Bread, Danji, Añejo, and Chez Josephine on our W42ST “Hell’s Kitchen is OPEN!” app. There are over 140 local eateries to chose from there. Please let us know if we’ve missed any of your favorites (or any restaurants that have changed their hours/closed).

Actor Stephen Carlile plays Scar, the loathsome baddie in The Lion King. His opening line in the hit musical — “Life’s not fair” — is a phrase of our times. Stephen is making the most of the COVID-19 furlough in Hell’s Kitchen. Here’s his West Side Story…

We love it when readers ask questions. We were asked on Instagram if we knew what was happening at the old Cadillac dealership on 11th Avenue, next door to American Retro. Well, we found the answer. Amazon has taken over the building for their “last mile” project, to keep their pledge for 24-hour delivery to Prime users. The scenes below will soon be a thing of the past. Read our story…

Walking along W42nd Street, we discovered new street art at Playwrights Horizons. They are doing “what theater, what all art, does best: to disrupt routine traffic; to imagine alternate realities and offer new perspectives; to make the world a little less knowable” with a rolling display of art until at least June.

This piece by Jilly Ballistic presents the scale of the pandemic through a single dollar. She said: “It’s difficult to conceptualize such large numbers, especially when those numbers are linked to something so tragic as these deaths. What better way for a politician to understand our pain than using money as a metaphor?” The bubble on the bill says: “Imagine 399,053 of these. Now imagine they’re bodies.”

After taking the picture, I chatted to this guy. He was intrigued. He recalled that a President is paid $400k … and I wondered if Jilly will be coming back to modify the number again…. UPDATE: Jilly modified the art yesterday to reflect the latest CDC number — sadly 427,626!

Sean Kelly Gallery (on 10th Avenue and W36th St) has a wonderful exhibition of Hugo McCloud’s work — Burdened — running until February 27. The images are “meticulously composed of hundreds, even thousands, of small cut-out pieces of varied hues of plastic — the ‘paint’ that comprises his palette — collaged one by one”.

Holly-Anne Devlin, a Hell’s Kitchen local with a laugh fit for her own Broadway show, is a force to be reckoned with. You might recognize her as NY1’s New Yorker of the week this past September, or maybe through her summertime swinging jazz band, the Hell’s Kitchen Happiness Krewe. Most recently, Holly-Anne looked at the pandemic as a glass half full and decided that she’s not going to let it curb her creativity. Through her production company, Kaleidoscope Entertainment, she’s created the magnificently orchestrated (and very COVID compliant) Speakeasy On Demand

Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo showed his love for New York City by announcing that indoor dining at 25% can start again from Valentine’s Day. The Governor said the decision had been made after carefully considering the balance between reopening the economy and protecting public health. Find out the reaction of local eateries to the news…


What we’ve been reading

This man faked illness in Times Square to get more YouTube followers. (NBC)

Do Soul Cycle and Equinox instructors qualify for the vaccine? Gale Brewer says NO! (Twitter)

Without the subway, how will the homeless keep warm tonight? (NY1)

More and more research is saying that two masks are better than one. (The Cut)

Tipping big in the pandemic — TikTok style… (Secret NYC)


Freeze Frame

Andy Monks asked us on Twitter: “How cold is it in New York today?” From his picture, we think he knew!