Good morning and happy Thursday. It will feel a little chilly today and we have the chance of some light showers. The clouds could clear for a good-looking sunset this evening. The afternoon high is 57 degrees.

We went to the rehearsal rooms for the new disability-inclusive production of God of Carnage — playing at Theatre Row this week. The four actors talked about the challenges of the word “disabled” — “I wish we would just take the word disabled and make it something else.” Read more…

Gabe Fazio, Carey Cox, Christiane Noll and David Burtka in "God of Carnage". Photo: Carol Rosegg

For the past 10 years, Abel Castro has lit up 10th Avenue with his infectious smile and home cooking at Ñaño Ecuadorian Kitchen. It’s brightened up my day to see him — and I have the fondest memories of his resilience during the pandemic. Abel didn’t want to do an interview about closing the restaurant at the end of this month, but we report on his decision today and wish him all the best as he “starts anew”. Read more…

Abel Castro Nano Ecuadorian Restaurant

What we’ve been reading

Idling offenses league table topped by LabQ, Amazon and Con Ed. (CBS)

New York’s newest subway cars get covered with graffiti. (Gothamist)

The city’s Open Streets plan is challenged legally for being closed to those with disabilities. (amNY)

The NYPD’s chief of patrol says he is cracking down on his own officers who park illegally. (PIX11)

Hale & Hearty could be making a New York City comeback… (Eater)

Freeze Frame

9th Avenue Bass

There’s always something to see in Hell’s Kitchen. Watching folks walk to work in Midtown crossing 9th Avenue (some with a bass in hand) raises the spirits.

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