Happy Monday. Watch out for the trees blossoming — as this December week is going to feel just like spring. Temperatures are in the 50s until Saturday!

This Hell’s Kitchen gift shop marked its 25th anniversary in September, now it has a second reason to celebrate — Delphinium Home was voted Best Retail Store 2021 by our readers in the W42ST Best of Awards (sponsored by Wells Fargo and supported by HYHK Alliance and The Durst Organization). Find out the runners up and watch the awards video here…

We asked about your holiday tipping habits. Peter Shankman updated us on a new trend: “Two of my doormen have specifically mentioned they’d gladly take their tips in cryptocurrency.”

Ryan Brodsky offered us his two cents on the thorny subject — and how his love of gadgets gave him the idea of a tipping money gun. “Tipping is very personal and people that do what they can are appreciated,” he said. Here are the details of how Ryan tips at his luxury building in Hell’s Kitchen…


What we’ve been reading

West Side Story has a slow debut at movie theaters. (amNY)

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is one of 800 appointments to Eric Adams’s mayoral transition committee. (Gotham Gazette)

New York’s new buildings won’t have gas from 2027. (The Real Deal)

The stairs are back, at last, at DeWitt Clinton Park. (Patch)

Behind the scenes of Sesame Street in the 1970s. (Gothamist)

Freeze Frame

How do Broadway stars spend their time between matinees and evening shows? Stephen Carlile, who plays Scar in Lion King, shared this picture on Instagram of his chosen form of R&R. “Next time I nap between shows I’m locking the door,” he said. He has a good excuse for his snooze as he and his wife, Emily, have a two-month-old daughter, Phoebe Anne. Congratulations!

Happy birthday to Joe O’Brien and Dan Ruth.