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 August 30, 2019 – The “Celebrations Have Already Begun” Labor Day Weekend Edition

Holiday weekend subway changes, closed streets for J’Ouvert and West Indian Day Carnival, bringing a dead squirrel on the subway, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The first Labor Day celebration took place in Manhattan 130 years ago. (amNY)

Street closings and timings for this year’s J’Ouvert festival and West Indian American Day Carnival. (Curbed)

This weekend is the last big weekend for the Hailstone icehouse in Crown Heights, as they sell ice like it’s going out of style, 40 pounds at a time. (NY Times)

What’s open and closed for Labor Day weekend. (Patch)

This weekend’s weather is looking pretty comfortable. (amNY)

The change from L train shutdown to slowdown is nearly doubling the project’s cost. (Curbed)

Step inside of Sweet Afton and you’ll feel like you’re inside a Wes Anderson movie. It wouldn’t be far from the truth, because the bar’s redesign was put together by Kris Moran, set designer for Moonrise Kingdom. (Time Out)

NYCHA General Manager Vito Mustaciuolo is under investigation for harassment. An expose in the Daily News outlined his misbehavior. The NYCHA hasn’t said if he will continue working full-time while the investigation proceeds. (Patch)

It’s that time of year again: New York Fashion Week starts next weekend. (amNY)

Squirrels can be cute, but bringing a dead squirrel onto the subway is not cute. (Patch)

A look at the rejected ballots from the Katz/Cabán primary in Queens and how easily Katz’s 55-vote lead could have been easily erased. (The Indypendent)

Put Stan Lee on New York’s new license plate, you cowards! (Bronx Times)

A preview of Portal: Governors Island, an art fair which opens on Governors Island this Saturday. (Gothamist)

Where to eat and shop in Hell’s Kitchen. (amNY)

The five-day celebration of J’Ouvert has already begun. (Street Easy)

Brooklyn’s first Chick-fil-A is accused of trying to poach workers from local businesses. (Patch)

The City Council is being accused of trying to bury a public meeting about the plan to replace Rikers Island with four “community” jails by scheduling it on the hectic first day of school. (Queens Eagle)

The number of city classrooms with lead-paint hazards has doubled after a set of inspections, bringing the number to 1,858. The city says all the affected classrooms will be ready for Thursday’s first day of school. The Department of Education is supposed to inspect each classroom annually. (Gothamist)

Mayor Bill de Blasio has failed to qualify for the next round of Democratic presidential debates in September. The mayor has already said he didn’t plan on dropping out of the race if he didn’t qualify. Mayor, what is so wrong with the city that you lead that you’d prefer to spend this much time away from it? (Patch)

Despite the law signed by Governor Cuomo last week barring them from state waters, the company floating billboards around Manhattan and Brooklyn’s shoreline continues to do so after finding a loophole in the language used in the law. The state has not enforced the new law with any citations. (Gothamist)

The case against Jeffrey Epstein was officially closed by a Manhattan federal judge. (Patch)

One of the hidden gems of the garment district is Acuario Cafe. How can you find it? There no signs and you can only find by walking through a freight elevator of an office building on 37th St. (Viewing NYC)

Do you know about the IFC’s secret peephole? (Bedford + Bowery)

The new Kosciuszko Bridge bike lanes make riding across the bridge easy. Getting to the bridge on a bike? Much more difficult. (amNY)

Two former NYPD Detectives who were initially accused of raping an 18-year-old woman in their custody have pleaded guilty to receiving a bribe and “official misconduct” for having sex with a teenager inside a police van after a traffic stop in Coney Island, and will only serve five years of probation. (Gothamist)

16 fantastic Filipino restaurants. (Eater)

The Briefly for August 28, 2019 – The “Signs of a Wegmans Grows in Brooklyn” Edition

The growth in the car population is outpacing the growth of the actual population, the best floor in a walk-up, taking a wallaby for a walk, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

All the street closings and timing of the West Indian Day Parade and all the associated events over Labor Day weekend. (Curbed)

An Andy Warhol tour and map of Manhattan from artist Patricia Fernández. (Untapped Cities)

Five takeaways from the plan to scrap the city’s gifted school programs. Will Mayor de Blasio follow the recommendation from the task force he assembled or will he try to run out the clock as he did with Eric Garner’s death? (NY Times)

It’s getting real. Signs are going up at the home of the future Brooklyn Wegmans. (Brownstoner)

Does it seem odd to anyone else that the mayor is supporting restrictions to hotel development after receiving support and campaign contributions from the hotel industry union? (6sqft)

The Mast Brothers are out of Brooklyn, doing the hipster move from Williamsburg to upstate. (Eater)

Every neighborhood has its old-school spots that have been there for decades, and many of them are endangered. Two Toms in Gowanus has been family owned since 1948, but the building the restaurant is in is for sale and the listing says it could be delivered vacant “if necessary.” (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York)

The growth of the number of cars in the city is outpacing the growth of the city’s population. (Streetsblog)

The city is full of hidden history. Sometimes that history is a poster from 2000 for the movie Road Trip. (Gothamist)

In praise of the Manhattan dive bar: Cheap beer and good atmosphere are increasingly hard to find, but it’s out there. (amNY)

A worker was killed and five injured in a partial building collapse in Norwood in the Bronx. (Metro)

A wall in Chinatown with messages of support for the protests in Hong Kong has been vandalized twice in less than a week. Global politics are also local politics. (Gothamist)

What’s the best floor to live on in a six-floor walk-up? (Street Easy)

Jeffrey Epstein’s victims will never have their full day in court, but they have vowed to not stop fighting. (Gothamist)

The family of Eric Garner filed a judicial inquiry of Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O’Neill to answer questions about their handling of Eric Garner’s death at the hands of the NYPD. (Politico)

Leslie Jones is not returning to SNL. (Gothamist)

Video: Nothing to see here here, just a man walking taking his pet wallaby for a walk. Nope, this was in Bed-Stuy, not Bushwick. (Patch)

The total population in the city’s jails has fallen 23% from 2014, but the population jailed for parole violations increased by 20% in the same period, with the average stay lasting 60 days while they wait for parole court dates. (Gothamist)

Seven acres under the new Kosciuszko Bridge in Greenpoint will be made into a park. There’s no proposed opening date and construction has not begun. The project will be lead by the North Brooklyn Parks Alliance. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Conservative Times Op-Ed columnist and climate change denier Bret Stephens quit Twitter because someone called him a “bedbug.” Poor Bret. (Gothamist)

Video: It’ll take more than It’s Pennywise the clown to rattle New Yorkers riding the L late at night. (Patch)

28 of the best sports bars in the city. (Eater)