Happy Tuesday. It’s going to be pleasant today with some clouds around and a high of 68 degrees this afternoon. It will be pretty much like that until we head into Memorial Day weekend which is looking warmer but unsettled.

When was the last time you used a payphone? Well, the chance has gone to use those quarters and risk infection from a dirty handset. New York’s last remaining public phone kiosk was removed from Times Square yesterday to make way for one of those stumpy LinkNYC screens. Read more…

Payphone removed Times Square

Mask compliance among subway and bus riders has sunk to its lowest level since early in the pandemic, the MTA’s most recent figures show, as commuters increasingly ignore the transit agency’s mandate to cover up amid mixed messages all around. Read more…

Subway Mask Posters MTA New York

What we’ve been reading

Did you dance the night away at Musica last weekend? (Thrillist)

The joy of scaffolding coming down… Check out this beauty on W58th and 7th Avenue. (Ephemeral New York)

Nadler vs Maloney’s local primary fight is being billed as “Clash of the Titans”. (Politico)

So what’s your perfect burger? Paul at Piccinini Bros talks through what’s the right amount of beef. (HuffPost)

Don’t Tell Mama makes this list of best New York piano bars. (Town & Country)

Freeze Frame

Nickson Poku Hell's Kitchen

We’ve just started to follow the Instagram account of photographer Nickson Poku. He’s just started to take pictures around Hell’s Kitchen at night (this one looking down 9th Avenue). He’s worth following…

Happy birthday to Minerva Martinez and Diana Wallwork.