Good morning and happy Tuesday. We spent yesterday painstakingly checking through all of your nominations for the W42ST Best of Awards — sponsored by Wells Fargo and supported by HYHK Alliance and The Durst Organization.

VOTING IS NOW OPEN! The shortlists have been created in each category — and you can view all the competing businesses on the W42ST Local App.

Best Bar — over 120 places nominated — 25 shortlisted
Best Place to Eat — over 170 places nominated — 27 shortlisted
Best Place to Work Out — over 40 places nominated — 10 shortlisted
Best Coffee Shop — over 80 places nominated — 18 shortlisted
Best Retail Store — over 60 places nominated — 5 shortlisted
Best Services — over 120 businesses nominated — 9 shortlisted
Best Newcomer — over 50 places nominated — 13 shortlisted

All the shortlisted businesses will be delivered a shiny window decal to display in their businesses in the next 48 hours — and all we need now are your votes.

Please vote for your favorite place in each category — and tell us why they are the best! The most imaginative and fun responses will receive a W42ST Tote Bag! Voting will close at midnight EST on Saturday, December 4.

Tennis players got a shock yesterday morning as the bubble over Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club ripped, with a sound described by neighbors as an “explosion” and “mini earthquake”. Details here…


What we’ve been reading

Some turbulence expected as New York hires a private weather service to warn of storms. (NPR)

The Spiral’s construction company has inked a deal for office space at the new Hudson Yards skyscraper. (New York Post)

The council is considering a bill to examine housing the homeless. (City Limits)

Boat Basin Dock House designs are getting a stormy reception on the UWS. (Westside Rag)

Now everything’s all sparkly, spare a thought for the people who created all that twinkling magic. (Curbed)

Freeze Frame

Thanks to Sandra for her photo of the W55th Street lights being switched on last night. Neighbors were encouraged to “bang pots, clap and give a shout or two to celebrate.”

Every year for the past 40+ years the West 55th Street Block Association, a 501c3, has raised the money needed to hang lights in the trees to brighten up the dreary winter nights. They still need support to hit the projected $15,000 budget. You can donate using the yellow PayPal donate link at their website: