Good morning. Tuesday afternoon is going to hit 61 degrees, so prepare to see shorts and vests on 9th Avenue today.

When Kathryn and Dino Cusumano took on the gut renovation of a W51st Street brownstone, they knew it would be a big project. Selecting the paint and finding the right painters is always important when creating a home — the couple went one step further and commissioned an artist to record the process. See how Gwyneth Leech preserved the work in oils…

What did we all wish we had this past pandemic summer? A private outdoor space, that’s what. With spring just around the corner and apartments still priced at a lower rate due to COVID, this might be the perfect time to snag an NYC treasure and take your morning coffee al fresco. George has curated a list of apartments (from studios to 3-bedrooms) all with private outdoor space, be it a balcony, rooftop, terrace or backyard. Come outside…

What we’ve been reading

So, what do we know what about those COVID variants…? (New Yorker)

Two shoe shiners are suing the Port Authority. (New York Post)

Van Gogh was complicated… and so are these NYC exhibits! (Secret NYC)

This concierge who had COVID says building workers need the vaccine. (NY1)

Grocery stores are the new clubs, according to editor of TimeOut New York, Will Gleason! (TimeOut)

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The train now arriving at W51st Street is… The Dolly Varden express! We reported on the new cocktail bar last October, when they had a short-lived indoor opening. Now they are getting ready for spring, with an outdoor area in the shape of a railroad carriage. All aboard…

PIC QUIZ ANSWER: The location was John Jay College of Criminal Justice on 10th Avenue between W58/59th Street. Those who emailed back with the correct answer will be getting a nice W42ST Tote Bag this week!