Good morning and happy Tuesday. We don’t know about you, but we are already feeling as if the holidays are here and the year is winding down. Maybe it’s also because today is Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year.

Casellula, the Winner of Best Bar in W42ST’s Best of Awards this year, and Hold Fast, the 2020 winner have both decided to take a break as COVID surges in New York. More details here…

With Omicron beating at your door, and while you wait for Santa to come down your chimney, the New York Public Library has published a list of what New Yorkers have been reading in 2021. Check out the books…


What we’ve been reading

Things can only get brighter — it’s winter solstice today! (West Side Rag)

Madame Tussauds’ Santa doesn’t need to wear a mask this year — he’s made of wax. (TimeOut)

It’s 40 years since Gael Green started City Meals on Wheels. (NY1)

Slaughterhouse towers approved after decades-long delays on 11th Avenue site. (amNY)

New York has always faced up to challenges — check out these pics of the blizzard of 1996. (Bygonely)

Freeze Frame

New York is definitely the city that never stops construction. We took a peek at how things are progressing at the site of the demolished Martin Luther King Labor Center and car park between W42nd and W43rd Street yesterday. Four bulldozers were busy creating foundations for the next building.

Happy birthday to Joe Shane.