We survived the week! Take a pat on the back and enjoy this glorious weekend. We all deserve it!
About last week…
As if there weren’t enough things to unsettle us over the past 7 days, the hour change messed with our metabolism. We reported on how, in Hawaii and parts of Arizona, they’ve not messed around with their clocks for the past 50 years.
Continuing on the theme of time, we went behind the scenes in the Diamond District to find out how vintage watch sales have been surging during the pandemic.
On Monday, we published the results of our second reader survey into indoor dining. There was little change in the figures after 2 months, but nearly half of those surveyed had dined indoors since the initial opening back on September 30. There’s still no news on an increase to 50% restaurant capacity.
Election Day dawned, with over 70 readers responding to our plea for tips and tricks to KEEP CALM. We shared the list. My personal favorite: “Sigh. Chocolate, hugging my baby, petting my dog, more chocolate, walks outside, ice cream, and whiskey.” What was yours?
This little gem popped into our W42ST newsfeed. A visual treasure from the New York Public Library. We love a GIF! Congratulations to NYPL Curator Doug Reside, who has pieced together the negatives from 70s production photography to recreate Broadway shows long forgotten. Magical nostalgia from “Company” — you can view the whole show reconstructed here.
Dan Ruth has been keeping bar around Hell’s Kitchen for decades. His pre-COVID gig was at Mont Blanc 52. You might also have seen his award-winning writing in productions like “A Life Behind Bars” which relays his experiences as a sober bartender. Dan’s been living the life of a hermit during the pandemic. He wrote for us about his solitary build-up to this week.
Threading together bars and time, we told the West Side Story of Brendan Sokler, who had celebrated his birthday nearly every year in the top room at the Hourglass Tavern. When it closed, he bought the bar and took it home to his walkup apartment.
Vicky Kuperman showed her usual comedic insight and discovered what we’ve all been searching for on Google… When will…?
We reported on one of our favorite posh-nosh eateries in Hell’s Kitchen closing. Hakkasan won’t be returning post-pandemic.
Finally, we moved on to thinking about Thanksgiving. What are you going to do this year? Well, we are all going to be watching the Macy’s parade like the rest of the US — on our TV. More details here…
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What we’ve been reading…
After the runaway success of Hamilton on Disney+, Hollywood is turning to Broadway in a bid to attract the crowds. (New York Times)
Budget cuts and the loss of hundreds of Sanitation Department jobs mean snow and trash will sit on our streets for longer this winter. (NY Daily News)
Low visitor numbers bring times of change over at Intrepid Museum. (Patch)
Feeling the loss of daylight saving time? You’re not alone… (NY1)
If you’re heading out and about this weekend, there’s a new piece of artwork to admire. (TimeOut)