Good morning and happy Tuesday. What was with all that rain last night? We luckily managed to take cover between the downpours — but come on, weather forecasting folks!

When thirteen-year-old Ross Avant first heard Sir Elton John’s Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting) he was inspired to teach himself piano. On Friday, he debuts at Carnegie Hall. Here’s Ross’s West Side Story…

The right to clean air and water, and to a healthful environment may be a recent addition to the state’s constitution, but the issue of idling vehicles has been around for years. Now Community Board 4 is demanding that the Department of Environmental Protection increase the fines imposed for idling — currently seen by the big-name offenders as “a cost of doing business”. More here…


What we’ve been reading

A condo in a W57th Street supertall was the top-priced apartment sale last month. (The Real Deal)

Mayor de Blasio plans a new vaccine mandate for 184,000 New York businesses before the year end. (Gothamist)

New York’s homeless head back to the subway for winter. (New York Daily News)

Lonely brownstones that survived New York’s “tear-it-down-and-build-it-up-again spirit.” (Ephemeral New York)

What’s your favorite New York City movie? Here’s 101 to choose from… (Vulture)

Freeze Frame

We were delighted when Rudy’s reopened on 9th Avenue in August. Now Baron von Swine has been crowned by fabulous holiday lights.

Thanks to Ben for spotting NY1 giving W42ST a shout-out this morning for our picture of the first abandoned Christmas tree of the season on 11th Avenue.

Happy birthday to Henri Myers.