Good morning. Are you hot yet? You will be as an Excessive Heat Warning with a heat index of 105+ makes it sizzle in Hell’s Kitchen today. However, we are likely to have a spectacular thunderstorm again later for our entertainment.

Two cool guys have set up shop in the old Cakes ‘n’ Shapes space on W51st Street. The neighborhood has gained two world-class specialty shops in one with the arrival of Rubber N’ Road — an establishment that celebrates global coffee and cycling gear. Read more…

It’s a week to celebrate wine. First, we published a list of W42ST readers’ favorite wine bars — and now we share the five Hell’s Kitchen restaurants that have received prestigious Awards of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. Read more…


Dance to all the hits that shaped NYC club culture — Funk & Soul, Disco, Hip-Hop, House, Latin + more, all spun on vinyl. Details here…

What we’ve been reading

KAWS sculpture takes up position in Rockefeller Center plaza – and you can’t miss it! (TimeOut)

The venue for the 2019-20 Tony Awards has finally been announced. (Broadway News)

Woman handcuffed and jailed for walking her dogs off-leash in Riverside Park. (West Side Rag)

City settles with illegal hotels on W47th Street. (amNY)

Where and how to watch this week’s Perseid meteor shower. (Eye Witness News)

Freeze Frame

Thanks to Yukita and Edwin Ho for this suggestion on how to keep cool today. Walk (don’t run) to Mikey Likes It Ice Cream at Gotham West Market. Enjoy…

Happy Birthday to Raeya Stephan.