The Briefly for Halloween – The “Edgar Allen Poe’s Ghost on West 3rd Street” Edition

Halloween Street Closures, the Village Halloween Parade, Foie Gras will be illegal in 2022, five abandoned spots in NYC, the most haunted locations, & more in today’s daily NYC news digest

Almost every long-term winter weather prediction for the city is saying this same thing: This winter is gonna suck. (Patch)

WATCH: 15 Minutes with Public Advocate Candidate Joe Borelli. 15 Minutes with Public Advocate Candidate Devin Balkind. This is your daily reminder that early voting is happening today. (Gotham Gazette)

Here are today’s spooky street closures for Halloween/a>. (Gothamist)

Everything you need to know about the Village Halloween Parade. (Time Out)

Looking for an abandoned spot in the city to put you in the Halloween spirit? Five abandoned spots in NYC from a smallpox hospital to an old farm colony. (amNewYork)

Have you witnessed the ghost child roaming the area around the McCarren Park Pool screaming for help? Seen Poe on W 3rd Street? Maybe you’ve dined with the Confederate Civil War veteran at the Landmark Tavern? Here are the most haunted places in NYC. (Time Out)

Coimetrophobia is a fear of cemeteries. Avoid triggering your coimetrophobia with a new tool from localize.city showing houses near cemeteries. There are more cemeteries in the city than you may be aware of. (Curbed)

Photos: A pumpkin mind control lab is set to spook in Boerum Hill. (Gothamist)

The Central Park West bike lane lawsuit was thrown out of court, bringing an end to this lunacy. (Streetsblog)

For the conspiracy theorist: The forensic pathologist hired by Jeffrey Epstein’s brother says his autopsy “points to a homicide”. (NY Times)

It took three pieces of elevated subway tracks to fall from the skies for the MTA to announce it will perform an “inspection blitz” of 60 miles of elevated tracks. (Gothamist)

Eater has some thoughts about what’s wrong with the 2020 NYC Michelin Guide. (Eater)

Peter Luger’s reaction to the zero-star Times review is that reviewers’ “whims have changed.” Yeah, maybe they’re interested in “good food.” (Gothamist)

Two Toms, an Italian institution in Gowanus, is closing its doors after more than 70 years. You’ve got a little more than a month left to experience the place before its doors close forever. Owner Anthony Catapano is retiring and selling the building. (Eater)

An interview with the man behind the Trump float in the Gowanus. (Brooklyn Paper)

Only two of 35 NYCHA developments damaged by Superstorm Sandy seven years ago have been repaired. Almost 6% complete! (6sqft)

The loft from MTV’s first ‘Real World New York’ is up for sale. You can live out your dream of stopping being polite and starting to be real for $6.8 million. (StreetEasy)

Foie gras will be illegal in NYC beginning in 2022. (NY Times)

Take a look at what Admiral’s Row looked like before Wegmans descended on the Navy Yard. (Gothamist)

Photos: Barnacle Parade 2019. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The city will add 40 percent more pedestrian space Fifth Avenue during the holiday season by creating temporary sidewalks and reducing the driving lanes form three to two. (Streetsblog)

Where to eat in Washington Heights. (The Infatuation)

Thanks to MG Ashdown for today’s featured photo

The Briefly for October 30, 2019 – The “Would You Like A Cocktail For Your Subway Ride?” Edition

Pete Wells drops zero stars on Peter Luger, Elizabeth Warren endorses Jumaane Williams, the 4/5/6 gets a speed increase, stealing an ATM, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Sections of the 4, 5, and 6 lines have had speed increases north of Canal Street that will go into effect this Friday. (amNewYork)

A duplex with a rooftop pool in Flatiron, only $30 million. (Curbed)

Video: Watch someone try to do a wheelie across the entire Brooklyn Bridge during rush hour. (r/nyc)

F&F Pizzeria gets high marks from Ryan Sutton at Eater, comparing the pizza to Scarr’s and Paulie Gee’s. (Eater)

Some people try to steal money from ATMs, others just steal the whole ATM. (Gothamist)

9 best dog breeds for NYC apartments. The real answer is to adopt a dog from a shelter. (6sqft)

Before phones or even telegraphs, fire watchtowers overlooked the city. Designated a landmark in 1967, the Harlem Fire Watchtower is the last of its kind in the city and its five-year restoration is complete. (Untapped Cities)

For a brief time in 1962, there was a bar on the subway, along with flowers, carpeting, draperies, and pastel lighting. Cheers to an awful idea! (Gothamist)

It’s official: Peter Luger is dead. ZERO stars from Pete Wells. (NY Times)

Let the Peter Luger opinions commence! (Eater)

Industry City submitted its expansion plans to the city. The approval process is seven months long and is still in question as Councilmember Carlos Menchaca hasn’t given the plan his thumbs up. (Kings County Politics)

As the temperatures dip, it’s important to know your rights as a renter when it comes to heat and hot water. (StreetEasy)

Ahead of a possible rezoning, the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated five Gowanus buildings as historic. (Brownstoner)

The minimum-wage increase in New York has lead to revenue and employment increases in restaurants, according to a study by the National Employment Law Project. The job growth is stronger than 12 other cities without minimum-wage increases. (Grub Street)

Read hero Kelly Bachman’s piece in the Times, explaining why she spoke up calling out Harvey Weinstein in the crowd at a show. (NY Times)

The population of Rikers Island is down, but reports of officers using force is at its highest since a federal monitor was installed four years ago. (Gothamist)

Rikers is supposed to close in 2026, but Governor Cuomo has his doubts. (amNewYork)

Say hello to the spookiest house in all of Brooklyn. (Gothamist)

Elizabeth Warren endorsed Jumaane Williams for reelection as public advocate. This is your daily reminder that early voting is now available. (Politico)

The Museum of Food and Drink is in Williamsburg, which feels right. (Atlas Obscura)

Housing Works employees walked off the job for an hour to demand better pay and working conditions and in an effort to have their efforts to form a union recognized. (Gothamist)

Why hasn’t the MTA hired additional workers to clean the subways? Are clean subways not as important as The transit union’s $500 contest for the filthiest subway car has yielded some nasty results. (Patch)

The Briefly for October 29, 2019 – The “Seven Years Since Hurricane Sandy” Edition

Italian AOC, Corey Johnson’s Master Plan is expected to pass City Council, the best ramen, dogs in Halloween costumes, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

The Popeyes chicken sandwich returns on Sunday. An excellent pairing with early voting. (Gothamist)

Reminder: Early voting continues all week. (QNS.com)

You can go to the Village to watch the Halloween parade if you’re a masochist, but NY1 will broadcast the parade and there’s a live webcam you can fire up if you can’t “borrow” someone’s Spectrum password. Enjoy costume spotting without braving the rain, people, or the subway ride home. (Curbed)

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s “Streets Master Plan” is expected to pass City Council this week, which would add 250 miles of protected bike lanes and 150 dedicated bus lanes to the city. (6sqft)

The mayor supports the plan, but only as long as he doesn’t have to preside over it. The first year of the plan would be 2021, the first year the city would be free from de Blasio’s mayorship. (Gothamist)

Data continues to show traffic on 13th St has not gotten any worse than it was before the 14th St busway. (Streetsblog)

Here’s how NYC is preparing for the next Hurricane Sandy. (Curbed)

Industry City’s 6.6-million-square-foot expansion plan and renderings have been revealed. (New York YIMBY)

Photos: Check out all the good pups in the Fort Greene dog costume contest. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Domestic violence is the leading causing of homelessness in the city. 41% of people entering shelters from July 2017 through July 2018 did so following a domestic violence incident. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

One in ten of the city’s 1.1 million students is homeless, according to the New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students. (Patch)

Photos: “What’s the big deal about Wegmans?  Am I missing something?” was a text I got from a friend on Monday morning. I honestly couldn’t tell you but it’s hard to argue with the droves of people who showed up in the rain. (Gothamist)

The mayor made a big deal about having “the talk” with his son when it comes to dealing with the police during his failed presidential campaign, but what he didn’t talk about was the more than half a dozen times he had the NYPD drive his son to and from Yale or pick him up at Penn Station when he decided to take the train. The mayor denies this. (Patch)

Photos: The 16th annual Bike Kill, a gathering of “mutant bicycles,” originated by the Black Label Bicycle Club. (Gothamist)

8 of New York City’s spookiest abandoned sites. (6sqft)

There is mounting support for a ban of non-essential helicopter flights around the city, ending the steady stream of sightseeing rides around lower Manhattan and Uber’s new “taxi” service to JFK. (Brooklyn Paper)

Photos: More from Great PUPkin Halloween Parade in Fort Greene Park. (Gothamist)

Winter is usually the quiet time of year to rent in the city, but there are indications that this year will be tougher than usual. (StreetEasy)

A plan to regulate hotels south of Union Square is being met with mixed reactions. According to City Councilmember Carlina Rivera, the plan would protect neighborhoods against outsized commercial developments like the Moxy Hotel on East 11th St, but it’s met with skepticism that it would instead encourage the development of office buildings. (Curbed)

Why hip hop began in the Bronx. (Welcome2TheBronx)

Add a tugboat to the things that need to be removed from the Gowanus Canal. The boat started taking on water during Sunday’s rain, eventually becoming almost entirely submerged. (Curbed)

Meet Roger the Sloth, the newest resident at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Video: Does this arrest on the subway go too far? Guns were drawn amid a crowded car to arrest a man for fare evasion. (HuffPost)

The 7th annual Barnacle Parade will be held today (Tuesday) from 4-9 pm in Red Hook on Van Brunt St celebrating the neighborhood’s resiliency in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The City Council voted to suspend Andy King for 30 days and fine him $15,000 after a report substantiated a whole list of claims against the member from the Bronx. (Gothamist)

Italian AOC is the best meme of the week. (Twitter)

It’s almost a cliche to hear a company say “unionizing won’t solve the workers’ concerns,” but here we are and of all companies to put that message forward, it’s Housing Works. (NY Times)

Would you be surprised to hear that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s dead presidential run was paid for by donors with city interests? (Politico)

25 of the best ramen bowls in the city. (Eater)