Good morning and welcome to Friday — the gateway to the weekend.

Local theater group INTAR took their productions to the street (and the paint store and the basketball court and the butcher shop) last night. MicroTEATRO Festival was staged at some pretty unusual Hell’s Kitchen venues to 100% capacity audiences (the capacity was 4 people). Ten-minute photo essay here…

Frankie and Johnnie’s started life as a speakeasy back in 1926 and is one of the Theater District’s longest-running restaurants. This evening the steakhouse reopens on Restaurant Row after surviving the pandemic. More here…

What we’ve been reading

Council working to improve conditions for NYC delivery workers. (Gothamist)

Swim in New York’s rivers and clear the pollution. (My Modern Met)

New York City gains a second marathon as the Brooklyn Marathon wins approval. (New York Magazine)

Think a NYC building should be landmarked? There’s a class for that… (Brownstoner)

Broadway’s “living room” — Feinstein’s 54 Below — is open again. (NY1)

Freeze Frame

There are so many “influencers” peddling endorsements on Instagram that it’s so refreshing when someone just wants to post and advocate for their local business through sheer altruism. Especially when it’s for such a delicious looking burger!

Ashley Lands wrote: “Dear Lucky’s Famous Burgers, it’s you and so many thousands of other classic retailers in NYC that make this place what it is! We are happy to have you, and I wish you lasting success in the city ❤️💛💚🤍 Love, @ashleymlands⚡️”

Happy Birthday wishes to Bryan Ware from Fresh from Hell!

P.S. Check in tomorrow for the West Side Stories of all 6 local council candidates.