Good morning and welcome to a freezing day in New York. On this day in 2020, the temperature was 69 degrees, CBS informed us this morning. However, today we woke to a sub-zero windchill. Keep warm!

The last time we ventured into the Palace Theatre was to see SpongeBob SquarePants in 2018. Now, something rather more spectacular is happening there — it’s being lifted 30 feet into the air. Read more…

Thousands of New Yorkers have struggled to redeem their $100 vaccine incentive debit cards — some for weeks — as the company that administers them says it is trying to resolve issues with sign-ups. Read more…


What we’ve been reading

The Omicron surge in New York was worse than in England. (The Economist)

Broadway Week is back with special deals to fill theaters. (TimeOut)

Bodegas battle against the growing number of 15-minute delivery apps. (Bowery Boogie)

A construction update on site of the Martin Luther King Labor Center and car park on W43rd Street. (New York Yimby)

Are these New York movies on your viewing list? (Vice)

Freeze Frame

Thanks to Elaine Keating-Brown for the picture of this small woodpecker on the streets of Hell’s Kitchen. “You can still see beauty on the dirty NYC streets. Played peekaboo while waiting for the bus on 42/9th Ave,” she said on Instagram. Elaine checked the bird out on Google Lens and confirmed it to be a yellow-bellied sapsucker!