Good morning and happy Wednesday. The W42ST team is taking a long Thanksgiving break, so this will be the last daily newsletter until Monday. Have a wonderful time with your family and friends.

A man who lives just a block from VERS on 9th Avenue was charged Tuesday with being the serial attacker who targeted the Hell’s Kitchen LGBTQIA+ venue four times in four weeks — and said on his way into court: “I’m gay myself.” Sean Kuilan, 34, was caught on video by the New York Post acknowledging he threw the bricks, and saying his serial attacks were “something personal.” Read more…

VERS attack arrested


A new movie documents how Chelly Wilson — The Queen of the Deuce — owned porn theaters and a celebrity restaurant at the height of Times Square’s sleaze. Read more…

What we’ve been reading

How TikTok videos are driving business to New York food destinations. (NY1)

A Midtown crime surge reported by NYPD is creating fear among locals. (New York Daily News)

The life of an NYC doorman — “Our job is to blend in and make our tenants’ lives easier.” (Yahoo)

Private equity giant is latest to bail on West Side office space as the trend for WFH continues. (Business Insider)

When the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons went wrong… (Untapped New York)

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Stephane Toullieux Sunset

Thank you to Stephane Toullieux for this wonderful sunset image taken from high above W42nd Street. We are thankful every day for living in the best neighborhood.

Happy birthday today to Charles McCarry and to Kitty Baker tomorrow.