Happy Monday. Our favorite local weather service — Currently in NYC — is back after a week off. It’s going to be the coldest day of the week. Their forecaster Stacy Blundell said: “It will be spectacularly sunny with the bright yellow of the sun and the deep blue of the sky symbolizing the colors of the Ukrainian flag. We have over 150,000 Ukrainian neighbors here in NYC. I am in awe of the strength and resilience of the Ukrainian people. My heart is with our neighbors here and our brave friends who are fighting for freedom in Ukraine.”

It’s not a mirage on the West Side Highway — shiny new skyscrapers are popping up along the Hudson River, as half of the 13,000 new Manhattan condos planned will be built on the West Side. Read more…

The 52nd Street Project is turning 40 this year. Over that time, it has built a community in Hell’s Kitchen around creating theater. Some of its staff and members’ parents participated as kids. And while the pandemic has forced some elements of their programming online, they’ve maintained steady participation, with 180 members even through the ups and downs of remote learning. Read more…

What we’ve been reading

Citi Bike needs more funds for expansion. (City Limits)

Your subway rides could become cheaper (or at least get capped) this week. (New York Daily News)

How was the new NYPD chief’s first week at the office? (New York Times)

How crazy is it to add 15,000 acres of landfill to Manhattan? (Cheddar News)

Oh Boy! What are the most popular male baby names in NY? (News 10)

Freeze Frame

All weekend there were gatherings at Father Duffy Square in front of the red steps at the crossroads of the world in support of Ukraine. Over on 10th Avenue, Scruffy Duffy’s and Hellcat Annie’s changed their lighting to yellow and blue to support those suffering.

Happy birthday today (and over the weekend) to Graig Linn, Claire Daly, Cameron Johnson and Susan Pazos.