The "Broadway is Back and a Doughnut" Edition

The best burger in town, Grand Prospect Hall is dealt another blow, the NYPD crushes dirt bikes, building an Instagram bakery, the best wontons, and more

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• The New York State Supreme Court has issued a temporary restraining order against New York City's vaccine requirements for municipal workers, meaning the city cannot enforce its COVID-19 vaccine mandates, pending a hearing on September 22nd. (Jessica Gould for Gothamist)

• Where to get a Covid-19 test and what it will cost. The landscape of testing might be different now that school's in session and people are returning to offices. (Caroline Lewis for Gothamist)

• "When a beloved venue shutters to be repurposed as condos, chain restaurants, gyms, or other inconsequential alternatives, we lose some of what makes our city itself. Building by building, we may not think it’s that consequential, but before we know it, New York will no longer feel like New York." - Jim Glaser, Protect and reimagine Grand Prospect Hall, for The Daily News

• The Landmarks Preservation Commission will not review the application for Grand Prospect Hall, dooming the building to demolition. (Ben Verde for Brooklyn Paper)

The best restaurants in Washington Heights. (Nikko Duren, Bryan Kim, Matt Tervooren, and The Curious Uptowner for The Infatuation)

• Broadway reopened this week, at least symbolically, with the reopening nights of HamiltonThe Lion King, and Wicked, which join Springsteen on BroadwayPass OverWaitress, and Hadestown. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

• Krispy Kreme is reopening in Times Square and is celebrating with "Broadway Stars Doughnut," a limited-edition doughnut only available in Times Square this weekend. (Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner for Time Out)

The definitive guide to Theater District dining. (Ryan Sutton for Eater)

• Photos: The Brooklyn Bridge Bike Lane. It's hard to believe it's real, but there it is. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

• 7th Street Burger has "one of the best new burgers in town," which is no small claim. Impossible burgers are also available on the four-item menu. (Rob Patronite for Grub Street)

• It's finally happened, there's going to be a TikTok exhibition at a real museum. "Infinite Duets: Co-Creating on TikTok" opens on October 1 at the Museum of the Moving Image. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

• Video: The NYPD crushes illegal dirt bikes and ATVs. I love seeing things get destroyed as much as anything else but this display seems like a waste? The destruction in the video starts at 9 minutes if you want to see it. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

• “Please allow this student to ride the subway and/or bus.” The city issued form letters to students when they didn't send out enough student MetroCards. When there's no one working in a subway station, that means jumping the turnstile. How long until we heard about police arresting a teenager for trying to get to school? (

• The Queens County Farm Museum's annual corn maze is inspired by Andy Warhol's "Cow" wallpaper. It opens this weekend and while I don't know for sure off-hand, this might be the only corn maze in NYC. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

• 2017's New York City Pizza Festival was a disaster so great that it was referred to as the "Fyre Fest Of Pizza." A Brooklyn Supreme Court judge signed an order that banned organizer Ishmael Osekre from hosting events and ordered him to pay $300,000 in restitution and penalties. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

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• The Brooklyn chapter of the NAACP is suing the city and state board of elections for laws that criminalize the act of providing food or water to people waiting in line. The goal is the removal of archaic voter suppressive laws. (Brigid Bergin for Gothamist)

• It seems the city is suddenly flush with observation decks. At the corner of 42nd and Vanderbilt, Summit is the city's latest observation deck with a glass-enclosed elevator to take you up 1,210 feet, a glass-bottomed observation deck, what's described as a "mirror-laden selfie church," a bar, and more. It opens on October 21. (Jen Carlson for Gothamist)

• Forget Spirit Halloween, Halloween Adventure officially reopened in the East Village! After a near-death experience in the fall, NYC rallied to buy costumes and gift cards enough to save the store. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

• What it's like to build an Instagram bakery from scratch. A look at how Bushwick's Pan Rico went from idea to execution. (Chris Crowley for Grub Street)

• "After the End" is a new interactive exhibition from Candy Chang and James A. Reeves at Green-Wood Cemetery that wants you to describe your loss. Reflections can include "loss in all forms—the loss of loved ones, relationships, health, and worlds we once knew—as well as the practices that have helped us endure." (Mags Chmielarczyk for Brooklyn Magazine)

• If Governor Hochul was serious about ethics in government, why did she appoint a Cuomo ally as the acting chair of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics? (Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist)

• In what has become a sad annual tradition, bus companies completely shit the bed on getting kids to school in the first week of classes. Missing buses, not enough drivers, hours-long delays, wrong drop-off locations, and more. The city spends $1.25 billion annually on school bussing. (Sophia Chang for Gothamist)

The best wontons in NYC. (Diana Kuan for The Infatuation)

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