Happy Humpday. Our prediction on Monday that today’s snow forecast might be overblown looks to have come true. There’s just a little rain possible in the next hour!

There might not be a fancy, schmancy, in-person ceremony this year — thanks COVID — but the W42ST Best of Awards 2021 (sponsored by Wells Fargo and supported by HYHK Alliance and The Durst Organization) are underway. We will be out on the streets surprising and delighting our winners over the next week…

Last night, we presented our first award to the Best Newcomer. Check out who won and who were runners up according to the W42ST readers’ votes. Full list here…

You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m telling you why
SantaCon is coming to town

The pandemic meant that SantaCon had a year off in 2020 — but this Saturday it takes to the streets of New York again. It’s heading to Hell’s Kitchen. Will you be joining in or avoiding? Details here…


Empire City Men’s Chorus is THRILLED to be back rehearsing at the Metro Baptist Church on W40th St. They are now performing live and in-person for the first time in nearly two years — starting this Friday.

ECMC would love to offer two pairs of tickets to any of their performances, as a raffle for W42ST newsletter readers. Just hit reply and tell me you’d like the tickets by midnight tonight and you’ll be entered into the sweepstake.

Details, dates and tickets are available at ecmcsingers.org

What we’ve been reading

Man who threatened to shoot up NY Pride Parade is arrested. (NBC)

The Coney Island Polar Plunge is back. Are you ready for a 2022 Atlantic swim? (Eyewitness News)

Taking a look at the first New York City Safe Consumption Sites for drug users. (City Journal)

Looks like the Wellington Hotel is checking out on 7th Avenue. (New York Post)

Drawing the line — the life of a courtroom sketch artist. (New York Magazine)

Freeze Frame

Thanks to Joel Cadman who captured this stunning photograph last night. “Hudson River low tide during this evening’s run. The water level reveals the vestiges of one of the piers that was here at one time. Hudson River Greenway near W62nd Street,” he said on Instagram.

Happy birthday to Charlie Marshall and Connor Scully.