Good morning and Happy Friday. We’re looking forward to the long weekend and hoping to dodge the showers to fit in a bike ride and pick up a free sandwich!

West side bike use is booming. The Cycling in the City report published yesterday focussed mainly on East River crossings and what is happening in Brooklyn, but we sifted through the data to discover encouraging growth of local ridership. We also report on the benefits to our air from Citi Bike — plus news on new bike lanes for Hell’s Kitchen. Details here…

It’s hard to resist a tasty sandwich filled with farm-to-table ingredients, artisanal flair and international flavors. Even more so when it’s free — and comes with the chance of winning a helicopter ride! Details here…


What we’ve been reading

Is your building really pet friendly — or just “pet tolerated”? (Brick Underground)

Office buildings drop 17% in value as a result of the pandemic. (Market Watch)

Following the pandemic, food critics are looking at inequities, not just the menus. (The Counter)

Unbillable tolls add up to $56m revenue lost for MTA. (New York Post)

What really happens when you return your online purchases? (The Atlantic)

Freeze Frame

While we were sleeping, Gary Hershorn was up and taking a look over at Hell’s Kitchen from New Jersey. It’s probably the first picture we’ve seen where those pencil buildings on Billionaires Row look vaguely attractive!