Good morning and happy Monday. We had a wonderful break over Thanksgiving — we hope you had a great time too. The weather this week is chopping and changing. Daytime highs will vary from 57 to 43 degrees… but the overnight temperatures will be consistently in the low 30s. Dress accordingly and imaginatively…

Want to calm the mind and stoke your creative spirit by making ceramics? Pottery NYC, the new 9th Avenue drop-in studio is here to guide your hands, with the help of experienced artist Peter Ramirez. Read more…

The number of asylum-seekers arriving in New York has dropped significantly in recent weeks, relief workers say, but their needs have not. Here’s what you can do to help…

What we’ve been reading

Why can’t you sit down at the $1.6bn Moynihan Train Hall? (Hell Gate)

Growing numbers of young New Yorkers are cutting back on alcohol all year round. (Gothamist)

Hidden deep below some of New York City’s most luxurious apartment buildings is an exclusive world of futuristic $300k parking spaces. (CNBC)

Touring New York on foot with architects, urban planners and other experts. (New York Times)

Emmy Squared Pizza is opening in place of the Olympic Flame Diner on W60th St. (I Love The UWS)

Freeze Frame

Thank you to Nelson Christopher Ala (and many other readers) who sent in pictures of this morning’s rainbow. “7:12am sunrise rainbow this morning. Thank my dogs for waking me up. I might’ve missed this,” said Nelson from his home at VIA 57 West.

Happy birthdays (some belated) to Mark Karten, Shiek Mohamed, Jessica Harika and Sarah Walters.