•  The Friday 13

The Friday 13.

Good Friday, fellow citizens! (No, I don’t know where that came from.) What are you all up to this weekend? We’ll be discussing culture and commerce over dinners with friends, which means I will get to spend a lot of time in the kitchen (yay!). We’ll also be catching up on Grantchester (are you watching the series?) and, of course, huddling around the fire Downton Abbey Sunday evening. In other words, a normal weekend in the snowy ‘hood. Whatever you’re doing, enjoy—and take these links with you.

How to make the Shake Shack cheeseburger.

Dana Miller went and previewed IKEA’s new kitchen system just for us!

Another reason to love the French.

This is a really good way to blend your longing for summer with a winter superfood.

Can’t wait to read this (if I can ever get my hands on a copy!).

New Yorkers share their opinions on the State of the City.

Now this is how we paint vintage furniture.

Recipe of the week (or month, or year!): Oven-roasted chicken shawarma. The spouse says it’s the closest thing to Lebanese food in Lebanon that he’s eaten in years.

More NYC news: How Mayor de Blasio plans to stop the artist exodus.

And some really, really nice Vermont news: A very generous man has benefited a library no end.

The President, keepin’ it old school.

Precision graffiti bombing.

And finally, just because I really, really like you:


Happy Friday!