Good morning and we wish you as happy a Monday as this weather allows! It really is gross outside with this rain looking like it’s persisting until 7pm. Keep dry, if you can… The good news is that the rest of the week looks FAB!

A West Side construction project on the border of Hell’s Kitchen and the Upper West Side has triggered a polarizing debate: Should a $500 million building become a women’s shelter or affordable housing? Councilmember Gale Brewer and local activists argue for the latter, while non-profit Project Renewal advocates for the shelter. Read more…

Gale Brewer Shelter

In an unexpected change of heart, Drew Barrymore has decided to halt production of her CBS daytime talk show on W57th Street following intense public criticism and picketing by members of the striking writers’ and actors’ unions. Read more…

Drew Barrymore Show

What we’ve been reading

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

Midtown is the most expensive place in America to park your car! What a surprise… (New York Post)

Celebrating 50 years of Bloomie’s big brown bag. (Hollywood Reporter)

Spotted lanternflies might not be as bad for trees as previously thought… but they are still annoying! (PHYS.ORG)

Diner en Blanc took over Meatpacking this year. (New York Daily News💰)

The first reviews of Sylvester Stallone’s Netflix documentary “Sly” are coming in… (Yahoo)

Freeze Frame

Break Free Fossil Fuels

The estimated 75,000 climate change protestors in town yesterday were a precursor to a week of the United Nations General Assembly being in session. President Biden is already here — so expect a week of disruption to your travel around the city.

Happy birthday to Karim Rashid and Ron Stern.