Happy Monday. We’re settling into a relatively cool and breezy week with temperatures hovering in the late 50s and early 60s. Rain is forecast for Tuesday, but the rest of the days look dry.

The last time that I took a trip on the Circle Line was in 1990 on my first visit to New York. There’s a special place in the heart of visitors for this cruise service — “There’s not a soul that comes to this city that doesn’t want to see the city from this perspective,” said singer and HK native Alicia Keys, who performed a show on one of the ships in 2017. Yesterday, I headed up the river for a Spring Fling! Read more…

Dana Nehdaran is an Iranian Jewish artist living in Hell’s Kitchen. In March 2021, he got COVID and 15 days later had a stroke. As a result, he lost a quarter of his vision. After three days in hospital, his neurologist asked him to not do anything strenuous for three months while he recovered. During this time Dana painted himself more than 300 times — now he’s honing his portrait skills on local people in his studio. Here’s his West Side Story…

Dana Nehdaran self-portrait

What we’ve been reading

More resources are to be given to help the homeless in Mayor Adams’ budget plan. (New York Times)

As hotel occupancy goes up, there’s an appeal for hotel tax to go down. (New York Post)

Midtown business improvement districts join together to push crime reduction. (Crain’s)

Meet Marcus Martinez Jr — the man who keeps NYPD horses on their feet at their HK stables. (amNY)

Ever wondered what can be found on the rooftops of the city’s iconic skyscrapers? Here’s your answer! (It’s History)

Freeze Frame

Secret Life of Cones

There’s a social media account for everything these days. The Secret Life of Cones aka @cone.a.copia spotted this at the weekend. “This morning in Hell’s Kitchen…a reminder to never piss off a gang of cones,” they said on Instagram.