Good morning and happy Wednesday. Nothing but blue skies today — enjoy it as a cold front will be bringing in more seasonal weather (think mid-40s) from Monday.

The death of Julio Ramirez — last seen at Ritz Bar & Lounge on April 21 before being found dead, his bank accounts emptied — is being linked by the Office of the District Attorney to another man’s suspicious death after a night at Hell’s Kitchen gay bar. Read more…

John Umberger (front), seen with his mother Linda Clary.


Amid the red-hot Manhattan rental market, one West Sider has found himself in hot water. He stands accused of illegally subletting his $8,000-a-month Hell’s Kitchen penthouse for as much as $1,500 a night on Airbnb and VRBO while building up rent arrears of nearly $250k. Read more…

The VRBO listing for Mercedes House penthouse allegedly being illegally sublet

What we’ve been reading

Marathon boost means a record weekend for MTA. (CBS)

A T Rex skull is being auctioned in midtown — go take a look… (Eye Witness News)

A City Council bill that will unleash a remunerated civilian army against drivers who recklessly block roadways and bike lanes is looking likely to move ahead. (Streetsblog)

A change of healthcare companies for people made ill by the 9/11 attacks has proven a nightmare for many. (New York Daily News)

Wordle is getting a few tweaks and a dedicated editor. (Washington Post)

Freeze Frame

Cantina Rooftop

Thanks to Wesley Greenbaum for this memory of summer overlooking the Cantina Rooftop bar on W48th Street. It brightened up our Instagram feed as we drift towards more wintry weather…

Happy birthday to Pat Hughes, Kathleen Hayes, Nathaniel Feliciano and Michael Bellantuoni.