Happy Hot Humpday! Temperatures continue to rise in the city — but thunderstorms around sunset are going to give some relief.

Meanwhile, at the Board of Elections, there must have been some heat and storms yesterday as they yanked the preliminary results of the city’s Democratic mayoral primary election just five hours after releasing them — plunging the new ranked choice voting system and crucial race into disarray. Details here…

The restaurant business in New York is always tough — but add to that a far west side location, a flood, a pandemic and the closure of the movie house next door — and the chances get slimmer. However, the Livanos family are three generations of survivors and innovators — and this week they will change their Greek American restaurant, Ousia, in Hell’s Kitchen to a new eatery called Hudson West Kitchen + Craft Bar. Find out more…


What we’ve been reading

How will New York City keep the romance (and structures) of outdoor dining alive? (New York Times)

Eighth Avenue Car Park is at the center of a multi-million dollar rent dispute. (Commercial Observer)

Douglas Durst takes the stand in the murder trial of his brother, Robert. (New York Daily News)

Carpocalypse — it’s not just New York City seeing a rise in vehicle traffic. (Crain’s)

SJP and Matthew Broderick are finally bringing Plaza Suite to Broadway. (Vulture)

Freeze Frame

It was wonderful to see Brian Keyser back at Casellula on W52nd Street last night. After a pandemic break, he’s easing the team in gently with a number of pop-up events (this was a delicious Filipino Tasting Menu) — and will be fully open in September.

Brian opened his heart to us back in May 2020 with an interview that resonated with so many New York business owners struggling to survive the pandemic. We wish him well!