W42ST Daily 7/12/2020

Today we ask the question “Who you gonna call?” when you need help to fight crime. New York City has 77 police precincts and NYPD say they “are divided into sectors that correspond, as much as possible, with the boundaries of actual established neighborhoods.”

Hell’s Kitchen is split between 3 precincts and home to the heavily armed Strategic Response Group on W42nd Street. That doesn’t appear to be the best way to police our “established neighborhood”.  The three precincts cross over at W43rd and 9th Avenue, which has become known as a crime hotspot.

We contacted NYPD to get their comment about the reports of  violence, harassment, and drug deals soaring  in the neighborhood (some of it a result of homeless shelters moving into hotels) but they did not respond to our inquiries. 

Read our analysis (based on NYPD’s own information) as to who is policing the streets of Hell’s Kitchen. We have no answers, and  NYPD is not weighing in either!

Throw Back Thursday is being replaced. #TBT is becoming #BBB  (Build Back Better) — bringing together all the stuff we used to love and the innovative stuff that’s come along during the pandemic.

We’re starting with PIZZA (Where else?!).  We messaged a few friends about their favorites in this category and have had the following nominations:

Corner Slice | The Marshal | Sacco | Bar Dough | B-Side | Uncle Mario’s | Il Baretto To Go | Upside Pizza | Claudio’s

Who have we missed? Tell us and try our fun quiz. All entries will be put into a drawing for dinner for two at Ardesia. ENTER HERE. Watch out for our full pizza roundup on Thursday.

Equinox Gyms are making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Fired…

Feeling the strain? Here’s how to give your back a break when #WFH. Stretch…

See the subway from a whole new angle… #W42ST Photos…

The deadline is 7/15 if you want to apply for Summer Bridge, a virtual version of the Summer Youth Employment Program. Jobs…

Thanks to those who have written to us with words of appreciation, bought us coffees (and cocktails… and pizza), and offered their services to support the work of W42ST. We see you and love you. Many have also contributed financially, helping to keep the neighborhood connected and updated at a time when we’ve lost all other revenue. Our gratitude is boundless. If you can help, any amount, no matter how small, makes a massive difference.