Good morning. Today’s the day to get out in the sunshine and get those last-minute tasks done. We’ve got some holiday shortcuts for you…

  • Gift ideas 1 — Take a look again at Michael Muñoz’s W42ST 2020 Gift Guide. It has all your local favorites in there and more…
  • Gift ideas 2 — Times Square Alliance has produced a gift guide, and if you pick up something for $25 or more and head to dinner afterward at certain restaurants — you get a free blanket!
  • COVID Data — Do you go down the rabbit hole of checking on COVID stats and then coming up for air an hour later wondering where the time went? Well, try this text service. You enter your phone number and zip code and get a text each morning at 10am with an update. Genius…
  • Pet Grooming — Did you want to get your pooch or kitty holiday-ready, and forgot to book the groomer? There’s an app for that and they even have same-day appointments. Check out GroomIt — and our friend Martha’s given us a code to get $15 off your first session — Martha15. You’re welcome…


If you’ve been procrastinating about what to tip your building staff, today might be the day to head to the ATM and get that sorted. We did ours yesterday after reading our reader’s tips. Check them out…

This week, Bobby List took his camera and walked up 9th Avenue from W42nd Street to W58th Street documenting closed store fronts (there are over 70). We share his pictures and the words of Bobby and his friend Matt Curtis.

Keep on supporting those that are open. Our W42ST “Hell’s Kitchen is OPEN!” app is now up to over 80 eateries. Open it up and find the best deal for you (and them).

What we’ve been reading

Good news! The Village Voice is making a comeback. (New York Times)

A woman in her 20s has died after jumping from the Vessel. #RIP (News Break)

Gay Santa Claus is coming to town tonight. (Gay City News)

How a typeface made a world of difference to the New York subway. (Cheddar)

Remember Hotel Pabst? Don’t worry, no one is THAT old! But look at that Christmas dinner! (Ephemeral New York)

Freeze Frame

We’re still searching for the best holiday lights and displays. Check out this at Il Violino on W68th and Columbus Avenue.