Good morning and happy Thursday. Our public service announcement today involves the NYC Department of Sanitation. There will be no trash, curbside composting or recycling collection this Saturday as it’s Lincoln’s Birthday. Who knew?

Thank you to all the readers who filled in our survey yesterday on mask wearing after Governor Hochul let the statewide mandate expire. Read more…

After a pandemic hiatus, beloved Hell’s Kitchen pottery studio Mud Matters is back in action and open for classes and workshops starting this week. Read more…

What we’ve been reading

Open Restaurant opponents rally against “the Alfresco Fiasco”. (The Village Sun)

March date for opening of Governors Island spa. (TimeOut)

Rat COVID might be a thing — but what does that mean for New Yorkers? (Curbed)

Why are people with dangerous, untreated mental illness on New York’s streets? (West Side Rag)

…And Action! Robert de Niro-backed movie studio moves on a step further. (Patch)

Freeze Frame

Love is in the air at Times Square. Thanks to @mickmicknyc for this picture of the New Love Sculpture for Valentine’s Day by the Habitat Workshop. Remember, if you’ve not made plans yet you can check out our Hell’s Kitchen date night ideas.

Happy birthday to Brian Oakes and Brendan Sokler.