Happy Wednesday. Make the most of this morning and early afternoon — as there’s some heavy rain coming again this evening and overnight.

It’s a good day to walk to 11th Avenue and have a cup of coffee. For over 12 years, cousins Adam Bossie and John Michael Beam — and their company, Afficionado Coffee — have been sourcing and roasting for top name New York restaurants. They have just created their first retail coffee shop over the road from their apartments in Hell’s Kitchen. More here…

As COVID cases in the city hit their highest point in months in August, the number of riders ejected from the subway for defying the mask mandate in stations and on trains sank to the lowest level in nearly a year, numbers obtained by THE CITY show. More here…


What we’ve been reading

Broadway’s costume industry gets back to work. (New York Times)

Dancing with David Byrne — with a distance of six feet, and a hot ticket. (Vulture)

Why the post-9/11 playbook isn’t going to work for New York tourism after the pandemic. (Crain’s)

An appeal for the two-thirds of restaurants and bars that didn’t get Federal revitalization funding. (Bklyner)

The secret tunnels of Grand Central Terminal. (Untapped Cities)

Freeze Frame

Our trip along 11th Avenue yesterday stumbled across a bride heading off to her wedding in New York-style outside the Ink48 Hotel. We hope she had a great day!

Happy birthday to Jessica Chen — and congratulations on her recent engagement to David.