Happy Saturday and welcome to the weekend. We were out and about last night and bumped into a few newsletter readers. Hi to Linda, Sarah Ann, Mark, Spencer, Cassidy and Orr — along with Wendy, who has now joined the list. Orr reminded us that the last time we had corresponded directly was April 2020 when he had sent W42ST a picture of his and Cassidy’s socially distanced corridor hangouts on W47th St at the height of the pandemic. How things have moved on…

Hell’s Kitchen cocktail lounge The Molly Pitcher Club has opened on 9th Avenue with bespoke, intricate “spirits and concoctions” in a speakeasy setting (complete with Shark Week cocktail!). Read more…

Here’s what’s been happening around Hell’s Kitchen this week…

Legendary (and subsidized) New York apartment complex Manhattan Plaza has reopened its highly-coveted, oft-lengthy waiting lists for select studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments to prospective tenants eager to stake out residence in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen. Read more…

As New York returns to some level of normalcy after 24 months of COVID-19, the streets and avenues of Hell’s Kitchen are saying goodbye to some businesses and welcoming others to the neighborhood. Here’s a brief roundup of what’s coming to town and what’s departed!

It’s spring and we’ve been working on a list of New York fresh air finds to head to. They can all be reached for the cost of a subway/bus ride (or for free) and will fill your soul (and lungs) with joy. Read more…

Mayor Adams and NYPD have introduced new “Neighborhood Safety Teams”. Do you know your rights? Can you record them on your phone? Do they have to provide ID? Rachel Holliday Smith and Eileen Grench from THE CITY have answers…

Back in May 2019, W42ST reported that out of 59 community boards in NYC, our neighborhood was 57th in line when it came to the planning gods giving out green space. This year, Hell’s Kitchen is about to get more places and spaces for outdoor fun! Read more…

If you have been captivated by TV streaming docu-scammer series like The Tinder SwindlerInventing Anna and Bad Vegan, you’ll want to get the early news on W42nd Street’s self-proclaimed “Wolf of Airbnb”. Read more…

This week, we welcomed to the neighborhood Vanesa Kim and her brand new coffee shop on 11th Avenue called White Noise. Read more…

W42ST has definitely had a springtime theme this week as we cast off the winter of our discontent and embrace every sign of reawakening that comes our way! Assisting in this warm weather watch is a new guide from NYC Parks with a handy-dandy checklist detailing New York’s most recognizable spring symbols. Read more…

Yellow taxis, gutted by the rise of rideshare app Uber, are finally getting picked up, as the behemoth tech company reached a deal with cab companies to combine forces. Read more…

The USNS Comfort wasn’t the first floating hospital to dock in Hell’s Kitchen, as a new exhibit at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum reveals. On The Mend: Restoring Intrepid’s Sick Bay details the history and efforts to restore the vessel’s medical facilities. Read more…

What we’ve been reading

There’s still a push for “drinks to go” in New York. (Brooklyn Eagle)

Chicago and New York don’t make this list of best cities for pizza! (Chicago Sun-Times)

Corey Johnson’s Cojo Strategies snags the Nets as a lobbying client. (New York Post)

A new photo book captures New York’s empty landmarks during the lockdown. (Artnet)

The siblings creating nostalgic signs for New York businesses. (Eater)

Freeze Frame

Thank you to Chad MacDonald for this photo from the streets of Hell’s Kitchen. “Walked home behind this guy today,” he said on Instagram.

Happy birthdays to triplets Henry, Oliver and Alexander Hickman — along with Gary Burton and Richard Hillman.


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