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Good morning and happy Groundhog Day! News from Pennsylvania is that Punxsutawney Phil says we’re going to have six more weeks of winter… Well for now, enjoy the sunny skies for most of Thursday — as tomorrow and Friday will be single digit freezing!

Workers from the Sanitation Department and NYPD officers cleared the sidewalk encampment in front of The Watson Hotel last night, ending days of protest about moving migrants to a new facility in Brooklyn. Read more…

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A New York mom writes about her hopes that “parents and caregivers can continue to shift our mentality from high school Hunger Games to one where every student can win.” Read more…

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What we’ve been reading

New Yorkers were reporting more homelessness in 2022. (Gothamist)

New York’s monkeypox outbreak is over. (NBC)

Pier 57 is getting a James Beard Foundation-curated food hall. (Eater)

The cost of raising children in New York is one of the causes of a Black exodus from the city. (New York Times)

Trying to find a pickleball court in New York City. (Curbed)

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Gayle King Rosevale

It’s great to see Gayle King out and about in the neighborhood for her new monthly video feature on the Oprah Daily — The World According to Gayle. “The Rosevale Kitchen + Cocktail Room has a cool rooftop for those summer nights out — can you tell I’m holding on for dear life?” she said.

Happy birthday to Enrico Livanos — and sending love to my dad, Paul O’Brien, who would have been 90 years old today.