Happy Humpday (apologies for the late email, some tech challenges this morning).

Were you one of the lucky few to spot the humpback whale in the Hudson River on Monday evening?

W42nd Street resident, Andrés Javier was taking a sunset walk on Pier 84 and spotted the huge mammal at play as a NY Waterway ferry went by. Andrés’s video (set to his own music) is enchanting.


If you were out on 10th Avenue yesterday morning, you might have thought that Pat Hughes’s latest scheme to turn around the fortunes of Hellcat Annie’s was to create a winter beach bar. After a thorough investigation, we discovered that the delivery of tons of sand was for your safety. Apparently, by December 15, all outdoor structures in the roadways have to be 18 inches wide and filled with sand.

Yesterday, we gave you “9 Ways for New York City’s Big Lights to Inspire YOU!” — and asked for a suggestion for No.10 on our list. Well, we’ve found it…

How about taking control of the city lights on your mobile phone? Unless you are an advertising mogul we cannot promise Times Square — and The Empire State Building is for special occasions only — however, the two in the middle of our picture are up for grabs! Big Lights, Big City…

What we’ve been reading…

Car addiction, and how it can be broken. (Streetsblog)

This Friday and Saturday, you can drop off new or like-new coats and new socks for children and adults at Metro Baptist Church on W40th Street. (Community Board 4)

Why Christmas is looking bleak for small businesses this year. (NPR)

Holy cr*p Gotham! Here’s what going down, down in the city’s sewers. (New York Times)

A video spotlight on The Marshal – and we learned a lot we didn’t know about Chef Charlie! (Zagat)