Happy Monday. We can officially say that it’s winter. An early morning CitiBike ride confirmed without a doubt that the windchill was 20 degrees!

The journey was worth it, though! 2022 has officially arrived in Times Square. The giant, seven-foot-tall numerals for “2022” rolled in this morning and will be available for socially distanced selfies from 11am today. More here…

Complaints from cramped commuters about the newest express buses on city streets have caused the MTA to pump the brakes on their rollout. Read more…


If you have tested positive for COVID-19, it’s important to take isolation seriously. With the current CDC recommendations that mean a stay at home for 10 days after the symptoms, you might be eligible to stay at a free hotel — thanks to this New York City program. Details here…

What we’ve been reading

It’s your last chance to see subway cars that have served the city for nearly 60 years. (PIX11)

Philly to the rescue in New York’s cream cheese shortage. (Food & Wine)

Fingers point at SantaCon as COVID surges in the city. (Business Insider)

This MTA manager keeps a blow-up doll for company — maybe to take the fast lane. (New York Post)

Have you spotted all the Broadway cameos in Tick Tick… Boom? (MsMojo)

Freeze Frame

Thanks to NBC’s Lauren Scala for this high-rise Christmas tree cameo. “When what’s behind the tree, beats what’s under the tree,” she said on Instagram about her picture with the Empire State Building perfectly framed in the reflection of her tree topping star!

Happy birthday to Julio Carrillo and Murat Yilmaz from The Jolly Goat Coffee Bar.