W42ST Daily — 9/12/2020

Well, THAT was a week. I encountered a murder hornet. Century 21 announced it was closing. And I announced I’d be leaving W42ST next week. 

So you’d be forgiven for missing some of the news this week. Here’s what we’ve been talking about …

The Governor finally announced indoor dining would be reintroduced in the city, at 25% capacity. But the decision came too late to save Restaurant Row stalwarts Hourglass Tavern and Bettibar.

W42ST came back in print – in the form of a fold-out map celebrating the Best of HK awards – the 100 bars, restaurants, coffee shops, retail stores and more voted for by you, our readers. Have you seen one yet? What do you think? The reactions of some of the winners was worth the six-month delay!

And the winner of the Hell’s Hero was announced. Steve Olsen started in the restaurant business at the age of 15. From dishwasher, to bartender, to waiter, he worked his way up. He has presided over The West Bank Cafe on W42nd St – 9th/10th Ave for the last 42 years. This is the story of a true Hell’s Kitchen hero.

We reported that New York’s rental vacancies are at a 14-year high.

And, as New York’s public schools prepare to welcome students back into the classroom, one teacher reflected: “It’s going to be weird.” Are you ready to go back?

Have a wonderful weekend, friends. You made it. Here’s a high five from a kitten.


WHAT WE’RE READING
Why the number of sublets is through the roof in NYC.

Coming soon – live orchestral music in Bryant Park.

Has FOMO reached a whole new level?

NY Fashion Week is about to begin – in virtual style.

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