Good morning and happy Thursday. The overnight heavy rain has cleared the air and we will be hitting temperatures above 80 degrees this afternoon. A special feature today is the wind, which will be over 20mph for much of the day!

Last night, Hell’s Kitchen mourned the loss of Julio Ramirez with a candlelit vigil on Restaurant Row and walk to Times Square. Earlier in the day, Ritz Bar owner Tommy Greco spoke about the death of the 25-year-old after leaving his bar and appealed for safety during PRIDE. Read more…


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A true West Side Story is coming to the neighborhood. Leonard Bernstein’s biographical film Maestro — starring, directed, and co-written by Hollywood leading man and frequent Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (along with Matt Bomer and Kate Eastman) — will be filming today in Hell’s Kitchen. Read more…

What we’ve been reading

The MTA plans to enhance bicycle, pedestrian and micromobility access to its facilities and services. (Cities Today)

New York pet stores will no longer be able to sell dogs, cats and rabbits. (People)

Will the biggest winner in Penn Station development be Madison Square Garden? (Politico)

Influencers are coming off the menu for New York restaurants… (New York Post)

There’s a great opportunity this month to see five planets aligned in the early morning sky. (Washington Post)

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Thanks to Peter Shankman for this photo of his rescue dog, Waffle. “Happiness is the Dog Park on a Thursday morning,” he said on Instagram.

Happy birthday to Jenny Troyer and Kevin O’Brien.