Happy Thursday. Are you ready for another lovely spring day? We’re going to be in the high 60s this afternoon, but after today the temperatures will start rising through Memorial Day weekend. Expect to hit 90 degrees sometime between now and Tuesday.

The removal of Midtown’s last public phone booth on Monday was met not only with its own hero’s salute, but a citywide wave of nostalgia. Yesterday, we went in search of a working New York payphone (success!) and discovered some perfectly preserved vintage booths on Restaurant Row and at New York Public Library. Read more…

The beautifully preserved phone booth at Barbetta on Restaurant Row

Local small businesses and neighborhood organizations can apply to the West Side Community Fund for a new round of grants of up to $10,000. Previous grant winners were Enoch’s Bike Shop, Chelsea Community News and Daniel Cooney Fine Art. Read more…

Enoch's Bike Shop

What we’ve been reading

The old Covenant House HQ is being demolished on 10th Avenue. (New York Yimby)

Remember short-lived MTA Chief Andy Byford? Over in London, he’s just delivered a brand new rail line. (The Guardian)

Sharing your app and streaming accounts with family and friends to reduce costs. (WSJ)

The role of the “apartment mayor” and the art of staying put. (Curbed)

W42ST reported on Lizzy Savage’s 15,000 Hearts during the pandemic — this is a lovely video about her inspiring work. (PIX11)

Freeze Frame

President Barack Obama New World Stages

Of course, our assumption is that President Barack Obama read Sarah’s article about ¡Americano! before heading to New World Stages yesterday. If you want to keep up with what’s worth seeing in New York, check out her new weekly newsletter (sent at 5pm on a Thursday afternoon). Sign up here (and tell your friends)…

Happy birthday to Tayler MacMillan, Andy Kropa and Gregory Driscoll.