We’re waking up to a winning Wednesday. It’s great to see locals being rewarded for their hard work.

W42ST featured local photographer Jeenah Moon for her coverage of the first 90 days of the pandemic. She’s just won two prizes at the Newswomen’s Club of New York’s Front Page Awards – for Best Covid Photo and Best Breaking News image. Well done, Jeenah!

BEST COVID PHOTO. A pastor wearing a protective mask is seen at The Green-Wood Cemetery during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 11, 2020. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
BEST BREAKING NEWS PHOTO. A NYPD police car is set on fire as protesters clash with police during a march against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S., May 30, 2020. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon

Meanwhile, over at PS Kitchen, founder April Tam Smith is an honoree at this year’s Freedom Gala. We featured April last October in our W42ST Heroes issue, where we profiled her dedication to creating social change. You can hear her speak at the RestoreNYC Gala tomorrow evening. Registration is free.


In half a century, TF Cornerstone (TFC) has transformed the Long Island City waterfront, developed some of the first residential buildings in the Financial District & Hudson Yards, and revitalized the Meatpacking District. TFC continues to cultivate the surrounding community long after a project’s completion date. Learn more…

Have you got your W42ST mug yet? The first orders have started to be delivered — and we’re rather pleased with how good they look. If you want to snag one, head over to our friends at The Mug Affair. They’re a local business that donates $2 for every mug sold to help Art and Music in the public school system (and it supports the work of W42ST too!).

What we’ve been reading

Citi Bike now has more riders than Long Island Railroad. “This serves as a reminder that Citi Bike isn’t a tourist amenity; it’s part of the city’s transit system.” (W42ST)

Are you missing the subway? These are 116 reasons why you might be. (Gothamist)

This favorite out-of-town dinner theater has gone dark for good – and is set to become a warehouse. 😢 (LoHud)

When perching on the edge of the bed, laptop balanced on a pizza box just isn’t good enough… #WFH (New York Times)

The Guitar Center looks set to file for bankruptcy. (The Real Deal)

Looking to a brighter future for NYC. Here are 20 people, places, and things. (TimeOut)