Good morning and happy Friday. This will be a wonderful sub-80-degree day — but prepare for the temperature rising. We will hit the 90s on Sunday and then have a full week of scorching weather. Keep cool…

The West Side Community Fund is marking five years of giving by opening applications for new grants! They’ve awarded over $800k to date to local organizations. Read more…

Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries



Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors is a high-octane, low-down, hilarious reimagining of the gothic classic. With fangs of fury and abs of steel, the stakes are high for Count D as he flees lady vampire hunter Jean Van Helsing and her motley entourage. If you’re a sucker for a bash brimming with bits, bites and bats, you can B Positive that this 90-minute, gender-bending, quick-change Stoker-joker is just your type. This Dracula has got the chops to make it on stage and leave audiences dying for more. He may not be the next Phantom, but he’s in the same vein. You can Count on it. draculacomedy.com

Comedy show producer — and familiar face at Rudy’s Bar & Grill — Joe Sallabi started coming to Hell’s Kitchen in the 1980s, and now is proud to live and work in the neighborhood. Read Joe’s West Side Story…

Joe Sallabi Baron Von Swine Rudy's Pig

What we’ve been reading

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

The MTA’s OMNY system could be wide open for snoopers. (404 Media)

Shaken, not stirred — luxury booze is becoming popular on budget flights. (WSJ)

In person and on social media, the deli counter has become a stage for a new wave of freewheeling, freestyling chefs. (Easter)

A love letter to New York — in the form of a graphic novel. (New York Times)

Remembering reporter Stan Brooks, and his “way” on W43rd St. (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Freeze Frame

Gary Hershorn Super Blue Moon

Thanks to Gary Hershorn for this spectacular picture from last night. “More clouds as the 98.7 percent illuminated Sturgeon Moon rises behind the Empire State Building,” he said on X about his photo. You can read up on your Sturgeons and Super Blues here…

Happy birthday to Marie Gabrielle.