Today I had one of my favorite rites of passage for spring — the Gray’s Papaya Recession Special. Two hot dogs with sauerkraut and mustard and a Diet Coke for $2.75. I don’t know what they put in the mustard, but it’s a perfect blend of mild with a teensy kick. The hot dogs are right up there with the best I’ve ever had. Standing at the counter watching the bustle of 72nd Street and Broadway is part of the experience.

Yep, it’s spring.