Happy Friday. You can expect pretty much the same weather as yesterday. It’s nice to get consistency for a change. However, tomorrow looks like a day to stay indoors!

Filling up your car on 11th Avenue may soon cost as much as financing a Porsche or Bentley across the street, as New York gas prices increase by the minute amid record inflation and the US ban on Russian oil imports. Read more…

Scaffolding. It’s an $8 billion dollar industry, part of the fabric of New York City, and certainly a fixture of the streetscape of Midtown and Hell’s Kitchen. Sarah Beling has been researching how the death of a student in 1979 drove the growth. Read more…

Police are searching for 4 suspects after a gun was stolen from an off-duty NYPD officer in front of a 9th Avenue deli early this morning. Read more…

What we’ve been reading

How can you support Ukraine? And why dumping your “Russian” Vodka might not help. (Grub Street)

Just 18 out of 41 facilities for New York’s chronically homeless offer on-site mental health services. (New York Post)

Dr Chokshi talks about the post-pandemic epidemic of loneliness. (NBC)

Say farewell to Penn Station’s “head knockers”. (Gothamist)

Red bucket fundraising for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS resumes at shows. (Broadway News)

Freeze Frame

Our news feed is a cascade of stressful news and comments on New York bail reform — so this A-board outside the Pocket Bar was some light relief yesterday!