Good morning and happy Friday. The weather will warm up to 87 degrees this afternoon — and then some thundery rain will arrive early evening. From there, the weather will shift down to temperatures in the low 70s for the weekend.

A woman living in a Hell’s Kitchen shelter was severely beaten with a pipe, requiring 14 stitches and a hospital stay — and residents of the W52nd Street Women’s Center say that this violent incident is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to safety issues at the West Side facility. Read more…

Lodia and Latouyea protesting

Meet Jill Slaymaker: an Indiana transplant turned Hell’s Kitchen local. An artist and teacher — Jill’s life in Manhattan Plaza offers a blend of art, community, favorite local eateries and a health club just an elevator ride away. Read her West Side Story…

What we’ve been reading

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

Hell’s Kitchen is coming to the stage as a musical about Alicia Keys. (Deadline)

Have you been sharing your New York stache on social media? (Queerty)

Airbnb challenges New York City laws in court. (Gothamist)

Mayor Adams’s story: Skateboarding prodigy, fake gold chain salesman and purveyor of tales. (New York Times💰)

Piano man Billy Joel will end his residency at MSG this fall. (Eyewitness News)

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Gary Hershorn ESB

Thanks to Gary Hershorn for this photo of the sun rising behind the Empire State Building and Manhattan this morning. It’s going to be a glorious day. Enjoy…

Happy birthday to Hjordis Linn-Blandford, Jeff Dyksterhouse, Charlie Bolivare, Jennifer Gross and Juan Mendes Vega.