Good morning and happy Wednesday. It might look like yesterday when you peer out the window, but the temperature is mid-60s, not 80s today. It’s staying the same until Saturday — when we’re likely to have rain for the first day of the 9th Avenue Food Festival. Sunday’s looking fab though…

W52nd Street restaurant enthusiasts mourning Warkop’s closure, Casellula’s demise and a fire shutting down the popular Danji may grieve further at the news that well-loved French cafe La Bergamote has shut its doors. But there’s light at the end of the side street, because the team behind Ardesia Wine Bar is planning to replace La Bergamote with a new daytime cafe that will keep the corridor humming with hospitality. Read more…

Mandy Ardesia Bergamote


If you ask a local where to get your nails done, they’ll probably reply “Nam’s Nails”. Tibetan-born entrepreneur Nam Tsering has built a loyal following of clients in her near decade in Hell’s Kitchen. We caught up with Nam and daughters Pempa and Namgail as the family-run, woman-owned business celebrated its first weeks at a new 10th Avenue location. Read more…

nam with daughters smiling

What we’ve been reading

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

Pickleball is coming to an empty space near you soon. (Eyewitness News)

59th St Catholic church faces challenges over “God is Trans: A Queer Spiritual Journey” exhibit. (CNA)

The city is pushing to cut back on delivering meals to New York seniors. (Gothamist)

Sanitation worker’s death saves the lives of four New Yorkers. (New York Daily News💰)

Why are there so many Asian American women named Connie? (New York Times💰)

Freeze Frame

9th Avenue Bikes

We’re getting many emails about issues with bikes on sidewalks, motorized scooters in bike lanes along with use and abuse of the new 9th Avenue “super sidewalk”. Hit reply and tell us what you think — and your ideas for solutions to these problems. We’ll pull together a story…

Happy birthday to Paul David.