Happy Friday. In terms of snow forecasting, it’s become easier this morning as it’s definitely snowing already outside. How big is it going to be? This graphic shared by Judy Torres says it all…

Now’s the time to make those plans for Valentine’s Day. Check out the newly decorated windows along 9th Avenue. Amy’s Bread has got in the mood — and Westway Diner and Grind Coffee have commissioned a window artist. Thanks to Sarah for compiling this amazing list of reader recommendations and heart warming ideas. Read more…

If you’ve not taken the $2.75 ride from Hell’s Kitchen to Staten Island yet, get in quick. There is pressure rising on NYC Ferry services that are being subsidized $9.34 per ride. Mayor de Blasio dropped $23.2 million into the project last month before he departed. More here…


What we’ve been reading

The MTA is not opening the door to the idea of protective barriers. (Patch)

Broadway’s touring companies are having a rough ride. (New York Times)

A New York chef’s relationship with alcohol. (Eater)

Upstate New Yorkers are losing their optimism — and it’s all about the price of gas. (My Twin Tiers)

Have you considered a “meditation fort” or “cloffice” for your New York apartment? (New York Post)

Freeze Frame

We love the @CoffeeCakesCafe Instagram account. There are always cute New York illustrations — and often cool animations like this one. Stay safe out there today!