Good morning and happy Friday. Once this early morning haze has burnt off it’s going to be a beautiful day. Temperatures this afternoon might even creep into the low 70s. What a great way to end the week…

Thank you to all the readers who took part in the survey on outdoor dining structures having to be removed from a stretch of 9th Avenue. We also spoke to business owners who are not happy with how the city is dealing with the issue. Read more…

Weekday subway ridership is nearing 60% of pre-pandemic levels and office occupancy is on the rise, but at a gateway to one of the city’s busiest subway stations, it might as well still be 2020. Read more…

What we’ve been reading

New York’s restaurant life is petering out earlier in the evening. (Grub Street)

There were mixed feelings when the NYPD deployed robot dogs last year — now New York’s Fire Department is taking them for walkies. (New York Times)

Congestion pricing could be here by the end of next year. (Gothamist)

Burdened by debt, the 9/11 Tribute Museum is closing its doors for good. (The Guardian)

The New York City Municipal Archives has launched a free digital search platform that will ultimately provide online access to 13.3 million historical birth, death, and marriage records. (6sqft)

Freeze Frame

Thanks to Gino Hawley for this photo from 9th Avenue this morning. “When sunrise and low clouds collide,” he said on Instagram.