Along with several visual elements that make an homage to Rear Window (1954) (such as Reese being confined to a wheelchair, the suspected villain digging in a rose garden, the use of a camera to observe neighbors), the character of John Reese leases the apartment using the name "Mr. Hayes". John Michael Hayes wrote the screenplay for "Rear Window".
David Zayas says to Reese: "It seems like yesterday I was partying till dawn down in Miami." This is a direct nod to the Show Dexter, where Zayas plays Detective Batista who was known to party till dawn.
The trivia item below may give away important plot points.
In this episode, David Zayas plays the super, Ernie Trask. Later it's revealed that his real name is Ernesto Machado, a former Miami resident who is now in Witness Protection from the Cuban Mafia. In the Showtime TV Show, Dexter, Zayas plays one of the main characters, Angel Batista, a detective in the Miami police department, who sometimes has cases involving Cuban mafia.