Good morning and happy Thursday. Sounds like we need to be prepared for a stormy afternoon and evening. There are strong winds as thunderstorms roll through.

We were delighted to hear that longtime producer Eric Krebs has taken on the theater most recently used by the Upright Citizens Brigade, to create a new 160-seat venue called Theater 555. More details here…

Friends and NYPD are increasingly concerned about the welfare of Juan “JP” Ramirez, who was last seen in Hell’s Kitchen on Wednesday July 21. Details here…


What we’ve been reading

Thinking of renting a place with an extra bedroom? Let’s crunch the numbers… (Brick Underground)

Twitter closes its NYC and SF offices after a CDC update on the Delta variant. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Discount rents spur record restaurant reopenings — but the future is still uncertain. (Eater)

Durst employees not vaccinated by Labor Day will be fired. (Crain’s)

New York has a giant sandcastle — and you can check it out at Brookfield Place. (TimeOut)

Freeze Frame

This is a lovely portrait of Manhattan Kayak Company founder Eric Stiller paddling out on “Lake Intrepid”. Eric started the business in 1995 to train and guide kayakers on Manhattan’s Hudson River. Little known fact — David Lee Roth of Van Halen was his first customer. Did he “JUMP” in?!

Happy Birthday to Patti Devine!