Happy Monday. I’m disappointed, but not surprised, that after 55 years the England football (soccer) team did not win a trophy. Don’t worry, the topic is now off-limits from this newsletter (at least until next summer!)

The rest of our weekend was spent deep in data. Last week there were announcements of “big wins” for the west side and headlines around like “Hell’s Kitchen Got Millions” and “Millions Coming To Greenwich Village”. We’re in need of a little help finalizing our analysis of the $30m that came to our district in the NYC Budget — anyone out there who is a spreadsheet whiz?

We also pulled two other data sets that we will be reporting on this week. We will be listing who were the local “winners” of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants (there was over $200m awarded in our area) and those eateries that got the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (not many got lucky on a share of this $28bn pot). If there are any digital sleuths with a little time, we need some assistance working through some company names to find out what’s the actual business that received the awards. Hit reply if you have the data chops and can help?

What we’ve been reading

Protests at homeless being moved from hotels. (CBS)

An architectural review of this mid-Manhattan library at Fifth Avenue and 40th Street. (New York Times)

An appeal for city and state to work together to sort the elections mess. (Gotham Gazette)

Bike sales are still booming in New York. (amNY)

Free Puccini will be streamed from the Met Opera archive this week. (TimeOut)

Freeze Frame

The New York City Triathlon took place on Sunday for the first time in three years. It was stopped in 2019 by heat and in 2020 by COVID. However, there was disappointment for competitors yesterday when the swim was canceled “due to the recent heavy rainfall, bacteria levels in the Hudson River have been found to be nine times higher than what is deemed safe.” Yikes!