W42ST Daily — 10/9/2020

So we’re six months into all this. There’s talk of a second wave, the nights are drawing in, national news is like flies around shit (but we don’t talk US politics here) and there’s just something going on that’s been making me feel GRUMPY!

I was in a text conversation with my friend Suzy from The Pocket Bar the other night. The next morning I sent an apology for being very grumpy. It seemed to be contagious, she was feeling grumpy. We decided it’s the start of a GRUMPDEMIC (we are now battling for legal custody of the name!) I bumped into Charlie from The Marshal on 10th Avenue and told him the story. He’d just read a thread on Twitter by Dr. Aisha Ahmad about how 6 months is the time when you hit a wall in a crisis. “This is a very normal time to struggle or slump,” Dr. Ahmad tweeted. “I *always* hit a wall 6 months into a tough assignment in a disaster zone. The desire to ‘get away’ or ‘make it stop’ is intense. I’ve done this many times, and at 6 months, it’s like clockwork.” Have a read about how to survive the grumpdemic. The good news is, says Dr. A: “It will break naturally in about 4-6 weeks if you ride it out.” Are you showing symptoms too?

Matthew Ramirez is a master of e-commerce, but when COVID hit he and his wife were juggling a young family and two full-time jobs. He scaled back his day job, and looked for something he could do in the evening from his Hell’s Kitchen apartment with his online shopping skills. This gave birth to The Mug Affair!

He’s been selling mugs with a purpose — for every mug sold he donates $2 to a help Art and Music the public school system. W42ST (and our cover artists) have teamed up with Matthew. He said: “I saw the work you’ve been doing to promote the local businesses in my neighborhood, and thought this would be a great way to get W42ST back into homes and raise some money to keep you going while helping kids.”  We think so too. Go buy a mug, enjoy, and send pics #W42ST.

Composting made easy. Fountain House + Garden is a home pick-up composting service serving Hell’s Kitchen. Every bucket of food waste you create helps us to create meaningful employment opportunities. Early bird deal available through October 31st.


The pandemic exodus might be slowing down. Although rental vacancies are soaring, removal companies are reporting folks are moving into the city again. (The CITY)

It looks like Broadway will not reopen again until at least June 2021. Expect an announcement today. (NY1)

Our friend, Sal Salomon, is out singing and making a living (and an impact) on the city. He’s now written an op-ed on how to improve the plight of the homeless in New York. (NY Daily News) 

The Tony nominations are on their way, but where will the awards be held and when? (Vulture) 

How are you looking on Zoom these days?  PIX11’s Tamsen Fadal has got the perfect hint to get your camera angle just right — and you don’t have to dash to B&H cameras for this household accessory. (Instagram)

P.S.  Suzy, I know that you are ultra-competitive, so I registered grumpdemic.com at 8:20 this morning and it’s now pointing at W42ST’s website