Good morning and happy Wednesday. The morning clouds will start moving away around 2pm, and we should have full sun by 4pm. The afternoon high is 81 degrees. Enjoy the day…

Get ready to rat out the rodents! A new interactive rat map lets NYC residents get a localized rodent report on any property in the city. Read more…

Rat Map HK


Is your Con Ed bill too damn high? Electricity usage typically goes up in the summer, and a recent rate hike isn’t helping. Read more…

Lights ESB New York

What we’ve been reading

* Stories that might be behind a paywall are marked with a 💰

Christine Quinn is not ruling out running for public office again. (City & State)

The idea of disposing of yard waste in plastic bags is being trashed. (Gothamist)

“Skiplagging” could get you a cheaper ticket to fly to some cities — but it might give you a problem too. (Axios)

How a West Side sommelier crashed and burned — and came back. (Hell Gate💰)

Exploring the wonky, wonderful weirdness that was the New York experimental art scene in the early 1970s. (The Guardian)

Freeze Frame

HK Community Cupboard La Pulperia

Joe Sallabi sent us this picture and his “heartfelt thanks” to La Pulperia for sponsoring week two of Hell’s Kitchen’s “Fresh Fruit and Veggies Tuesday”. He also called out David at FRUITSTAND 43 for the continual support of the HK Community Cupboard. Volunteers can get involved: or follow @HKFRIDGE.

Today we remember Julio Ramirez, who was killed after a night out in Hell’s Kitchen last year. It would have been his 27th birthday today. May he Rest in Peace.