Good morning and happy Monday. If there’s one word to describe the weather this week, it’s “cloudy”. We have a week ahead of showers and humidity too. The good news is that those clouds looked really pretty when photographer Gary Hershorn got up to watch the sunrise over Manhattan this morning…

Clouds at sunrise over Manhattan.

In April, the latest in a series of vandal attacks closed the Hell’s Kitchen Free Store indefinitely — now the volunteer-led initiative is gearing up for a return in September at a new location. Read more…

New HK Free Store Location

The city is dropping big bucks on gift cards for big-box stores and Amazon, as part of a $500,000 push to entice New Yorkers into answering some questions. Read more…

Amazon Cards

What we’ve been reading

Drone patrols are helping keep an eye on sharks at Rockaway Beach. (PIX11)

24-hour New York is calling time… (Daily Mail)

Luxury buildings are offering workspace as WFH continues. (CNBC)

The scoop on how Van Leeuwen built an ice cream empire. (NBC)

One man’s “research” project — bar hopping in Hell’s Kitchen. (IN Magazine)

Freeze Frame

Osprey burnt crane

Thank you to W42ST reader Nikolay Pokrovskiy for this spectacular photo of a skyline visitor to 10th Avenue’s burnt-out crane. “Our notorious crane is inhabited again. An osprey landed there to enjoy its dinner, which appeared to be a medium-sized fish from the Hudson River,” he told us via email.

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