Good morning and happy Friday! It’s not going to hit 80 degrees today (wasn’t that amazing yesterday?) — but it is going to be sunny all day. Enjoy the warmth, as the weekend will be a bit cooler.

Yesterday wasn’t the time to be walking on W51st Street. First off, a driverless truck rolled along 9th Avenue until it crashed into the Atlas Social Club’s outdoor dining shed — and soon after a tourist double-decker bus embedded itself under scaffolding on 7th Avenue. Read more…

We spoke this week to Jennifer Pluff about opening the brand-new Playhouse 46 in the space once occupied by longtime venue St Luke’s Theater. Read more…

What we’ve been reading

A New York property developer talks about his new projects — including affordable housing — in Hell’s Kitchen and Hudson Yards. (Commercial Observer)

Folks splashing out for luxury apartments are in the market for bidets, according to this report. (New York Post)

New York crime rates might be ticking up, but there’s no comparison to decades ago… (Reuters)

Schools have Federal recovery funds, but seem reluctant to spend the money. (amNY)

We missed this early April news on a replacement for The Vessel — introducing… The Basket. (The Architect’s Newspaper)

Freeze Frame

It’s been a challenging week for New York’s subway riders. In the rush of commuting or just getting around town, it’s easy to miss the underground art gallery. In the Times Square station there’s art by Roy Lichtenstein — and 35 very cute ceramic lightboxes by Toby Buonagurio that were commissioned in 1992 and finally installed in 2005.

Happy birthday to Mike Luca.