Good morning. I’m off to The Bronx this evening for my first COVID vaccination after a day of hitting refresh on my computer. I’m very happy…

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Social Worker and community activist Maria Ortiz has lived in and around Hell’s Kitchen for most of her life so she’s certainly got a taste for the place — maybe that’s why she loves the food in the neighborhood so much! Here’s Maria’s West Side Story.


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What we’ve been reading

Schumer reveals how restaurants can recover their pandemic losses. (Eater)

Aerial photo helicopter crash report highlights safety loophole. (Crain’s)

Here’s what happens to NY trash — and no, it doesn’t all end up on Staten Island!. (Business Insider)

Commercial real estate workers say they’re not looking forward to a return to toxic work culture. (Bisnow)

Spine feeling fine? No? We feel your pain… (New Yorker)

Freeze Frame

On Monday, we posted on social media our pictures of the NYPD Tow Pound at Pier 76 being torn down. Thanks to Robyn Adams for this kayak view of the demolition. “I wondered where they were taking those big shiny letters from United States Lines,” Robyn told us.

That pier must have looked very grand when the company’s flagship, SS United States, was a fixture on the Hell’s Kitchen waterfront from its maiden voyage in 1952 until 1969.