Good morning and welcome to the gateway to the weekend. It’s Friday…

George is celebrating Diana Ross’s 77th birthday today with his weekly real estate feature having an “I’m Coming Out” theme. You’ve got it, it’s all about Hell’s Kitchen apartments with great closet space.

Thank you to the hundreds of you who took the time to fill out our COVID-19 vaccine survey. W42ST followers are heading for herd immunity with 46% fully vaccinated, 30% having their first shot and 8% with an appointment for the injection. There are 10% of readers still not eligible. Sixty-one percent have had the Pfizer vaccine and a third of respondents have had the Moderna shot.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said yesterday that it was “time to raise the curtain and bring Broadway back.” He was joined in his announcement by Hell’s Kitchen stars André De Shields and Telly Leung.

The Mayor laid out a plan for mass vaccination of arts and culture personnel at their place of work. He promised to set up a dedicated COVID-19 vaccination site on Broadway for the theater industry. There will also be a mobile unit that will travel to off-Broadway locations. Read more here…

What we’ve been reading

The NYC subway needs the support of riders if it is to survive. (New York Times)

A torrid and troubling tale of tainted leaves and deadly lettuce… (Eater)

Takeout cocktails are quietly shaking up New York City’s drinking culture — and they could be here to stay. (New York Post)

At last, The Met is coming out of hibernation. (Gothamist)

Neighborhood fave Wondee Siam is opening a new place in Jersey City. (Jersey Digs)

Freeze Frame

Happy Birthday to W42ST’s favorite triplets! Henry, Oliver and Alexander Hickman have reached the grand old age of 11 today. Have a great day, guys.