Happy Monday. Batten down the hatches for some crazy weather this afternoon. From 2pm onwards there’s the chance of wind, flooding, large hailstones and isolated tornados (yep, you read that right!).

The 9th Avenue International Food Festival was fun. Thanks to all the lovely readers who popped by to say hello at the booth over the weekend. We’re still taking signups for Sarah’s new newsletter and the sweepstake until 12 noon today. Just click here…

Tony Valdovinos is the real-life inspiration for the new musical ¡Americano! We met up with Valdovinos and actor Sean Ewing (who is playing his dreamer role) at New World Stages. Read more…

Americano New World Stages

Friends, family, investigators and the LGBTQ+ community are seeking answers in the disappearance and mysterious death of 25-year-old Julio Ramirez, last seen leaving the Ritz Bar and Lounge in Hell’s Kitchen. Read more…

Julio Ramirez Ritz Bar

What we’ve been reading

E-bike battery charging causes destructive fires if they’re broken, refurbished or stored improperly. (Gothamist)

Absolut pours some love on LGBTQ+ bars in their PRIDE campaign. (Adweek)

This Hell’s Kitchen “clubhouse” is a fountain of hope for many.

Did you spot Tom Brady on his Citi Bike? (New York Post)

An appeal from Gale Brewer to chop non-essential helicopter flights in NYC. (New York Daily News)

Freeze Frame

Sylvester Stallone Hell's Kitchen

Sylvester Stallone was back home in Hell’s Kitchen yesterday. Heather Holland Wheaton spotted Sly in the neighborhood on Sunday morning. “He’s filming on W46th Street (where he wrote Rocky) so there is a slight delay in day two of the St Clement’s Church book sale,” she said on Instagram.

Happy Birthday to Nick O’Leary.