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W42ST Daily — 8/19/2020

It’s been a tough couple of days. First, a favorite of many neighbors, Landmark Theatres on W57th Street, closed. Then yesterday, the “Store For Rent” sign went up at Pam Real Thai — and the pioneering cooking of Pam Panyasiri and her family had disappeared from Hell’s Kitchen.

Since the start of the year, we’ve been compiling lists of your favorite places in Hell’s Kitchen. First, we did this through our Best of Awards, which will finally be presented Labor Day week. We’ve also compiled the best pizza and burgers — and curated a few favorites of our own. Together, they make up Hell’s Kitchen’s HOT 100.

The list has been (and probably will be) in a state of tweaking and adjustment with re-openings and closures up until early September.

We’re going to publish the list online, but want to print out thousands of maps to circulate in the neighborhood and to those open-hearted folks from the boros and Tri-state area venturing into the city this fall.

Can you help? Yes! We need $$$s to print and distribute these maps. We’ve already had some pledges from local businesses and organizations, but your reader contributions would help immensely. We promise this printed map will be a great way to help our local businesses survive and thrive. Support here…

THE CHECKOUT BEGINS

It looks like New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio, is keeping true to his pledge to move homeless residents from local hotels to new accommodation. Yesterday, there was the first check out at the Cachet Hotel on W42nd St.

This is seen as a step to clearing our neighborhood of “quality of life issues” such as being around drug abuse and criminal activity. Let’s hope this also helps us to learn that so much more needs to be done about the social care of our fellow humans. The story of Sal Salomon sticks with me. One-third of people in shelters are trying to hold down a job (with neighbors who have all the issues we have been seeing on our streets).

PUP CUP

The newest addition to Gotham West Market is Oddfellows Ice Cream Co. They’ve made an immediate impact, and not just with the humans. Their success might just be down to their Pup Cup “for your four-legged friend” at just $1. If you try it once, your dog’s going to drag you there every day… be careful!

WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Around 15 per cent of Midtown and Hell’s Kitchen residents tested for antibodies showed signs that they were previously infected with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Results…

NYPD used facial recognition software during their investigation targeting Hell’s Kitchen BLM activist Derrick Ingram. Privacy…

“I’ve been asked to run for Senate, asked to run for Congress, asked to run for mayor.” Read this and make up your own mind. Cop shop…

Hot and humid weather and social distancing rules are just two of the challenges facing the city’s in-demand home movers. Heavy lift…

Up to 400 EMT jobs are at risk as the City cuts its budget. Lay off…