Good morning. Did you survive (and dry out from) Tropical Storm Elsa’s heavy rain? Central Park recorded 1.56 inches of rain in an hour, only the eighth time since hourly record keeping began in 1943 that the city has received more than an inch and a half of rain in that short length of time. HT to Erica again for that info!

When we spoke to Subway Creatures’ founder Rick McGuire in May last year, we discussed the subway as being a barometer of normality. His aggregation of New Yorkers’ videos of the subway floods is an unfortunate sign that the city is BACK!

In the never-ending news cycle, it’s hard to keep up with what Governor Cuomo is doing. We spotted this Tweet yesterday from Stephen Nessen, WNYC’s Transportation Reporter. Apparently, the MTA quietly came out of a 4-year State of Emergency at the end of last month!

Following on from that, next week you have the opportunity to have your say on Governor Cuomo’s grand plans for Manhattan Midtown West and Penn Station. Time to replace that eye roll with attending a Town Hall!

What we’ve been reading

As a new study says Hell’s Kitchen home sales are bouncing back, here’s a “starter pad” for $616k on W44th Street… (6sqft)

The next City Council is set to be diverse, with women in the majority. (Gothamist)

Restaurant workers are quitting — and not coming back. (Bisnow)

Hudson Yards retakes the top spot as the most expensive NYC neighborhood. (Brick Underground)

Get ready for the last Manhattanhenge of 2021 this weekend. (TimeOut)

Freeze Frame

It’s the sort of day where this is the brightest photo we can find of the current New York weather — and we’re told that it will be miserably humid all day! Thanks to Gary Hershorn for being out in all weathers for us!