Good morning and happy Thursday. There is one word to describe today — “GRAY”… or if you were describing this typically British weather — “GREY”. It might shower, so keep an umbrella to hand.

Former Westies boss James “Jimmy” Coonan, 76, is seeking release from prison. In handwritten notes from his prison cell, he reveals remorse and a desire to care for his wife, saying: “I’m not that person anymore”. Read more…

James Coonan Handwritten Appeal SM



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

A painter, sculptor and art director at the Wall Street Journal, Joel Cadman arrived in the neighborhood “when Hell’s Kitchen had more of the original ‘Hell’ in it”. Read Joel’s West Side Story…

Joel Cadman

What we’ve been reading

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

Woman who shoved and killed Broadway voice coach pleads guilty. (New York Daily News)

The building that houses the Jolly Goat Coffee Bar has been sold. (Real Estate Weekly💰)

Local business appeals for MSG to be given a long-term deal. (Chelsea News)

Over 100,000 NY workers have been victims of wage theft. (Documented NY)

Hollywood strikes hit Manhattan’s small businesses as they scramble to survive amid industry shutdown. (Manhattan Sideways)

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W45th Trash Pilot

We’re reporting tomorrow on the W45th Street Containerized Trash Pickup Pilot. What’s been your experience as a resident? Hit replay or email our reporter, Ariel Pacheco at ariel@w42st.com.

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