Good morning. We hope you had a great Presidents Day weekend. We’re ready for this short work week after surviving the “snow squall” — that was quite a thing on Saturday!

For the past three months, we’ve had a tab open on our browser checking the COVID infection rates for Hell’s Kitchen’s three zip codes. Yesterday, we saw the levels drop below 2% in 10018 for the first time in three months. Fingers crossed that line keeps flattened from here on in.

Back in November, the first Omicron case in the United States was linked to the Anime NYC show at the Javits Center. A new CDC study showed that the 53,000-person convention was unlikely to have been a superspreader event. Read more…

Just north of Javits on 11th Avenue, the Department of Transportation has started work to fortify bike lanes with four-ton protective Jersey barriers. We took a look at the new protections yesterday afternoon. Read more…

What we’ve been reading

Cocktails to go are a no-no for NY’s liquor stores. (Gothamist)

When the ants and a mouse come to visit — time to launch a patrol. (Intelligencer)

Why it’s just fine to eat alone in a restaurant. (Grub Street)

Explore a spider’s web from on high at The Shed. (New York Times)

Rediscovered memories of horse powered New York in 1899. (Untapped New York)

Freeze Frame

This is how Hell’s Kitchen looked a few hours ago. While most of us were asleep at 6:15am, Thomas Piercy was up and heading out the door!

Happy Birthday to Ben Schneider and Matt Wagner.