Happy Monday. What a lovely weekend. The sun makes such a difference to the streets of Hell’s Kitchen.

Last night, I went to the basketball court at Manhattan Plaza to record the folks who have spent a full year thanking essential workers with clapping, cheering, and the banging of pots and pans at 7pm each evening. Read more (and hear) here…

You might remember Robin Riley’s food photography in the pages of W42ST magazine. The pandemic has helped Robin to rediscover her love for the work that brought her to New York City in the first place. Here’s her West Side Story…


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What we’ve been reading

How far along is NYC on reopening this spring? (Intelligencer)

The Strand Bookstore has been accused of union busting. (Vulture)

These newcomers are loving their move from Yonkers to Hell’s Kitchen. Welcome! (Brick Underground)

Something to celebrate as the Guggenheim hosts an indoor performance of Gershwin music. (Jason Farago)

The tourists are beginning to trickle back to New York City. (WSJ)

Freeze Frame

While most of us took to the streets this weekend, Annemieke de Keijzer took to the sky for a “drink with a view”. Her cocktail at Peak at Hudson Yards looks delicious. Have a great week…