— The fire department shut down a Halloween night rave at an industrial space in Greenpoint that formerly housed the NuHart Plastics Factory. As it turns out, part of this building was designated as a Superfund site because of evidence of potentially dangerous chemicals left over from the space's previous life as a plastics manufacturer. Several neighbors called in noise complaints, and Councilmember Steve Levin stopped by to check out the scene early in the night. The authorities shut the party down "due to flammable chemicals being hidden behind flammable curtains." The organizers also sold about 6,000 tickets, but the site's occupancy number was around 3,500. They company promised refunds to anyone who bought tickets.
— Restaurateurs who violate gender-equality laws by posting job listings seeking "female bartenders" or "pizza men" will be given violations for their first offenses, then fines for any additional ones after that. Yesterday, the city's Human Rights Commission announced: "The commission’s current Law Enforcement Bureau is not filing complaints against first-time offenders unaware of the law for ads soliciting ‘waitresses’ or ‘hostesses’ without additional violations of the law."
— Adam Gopnik reviews Midtown's Gabriel Kreuther for Tables for Two: "Dorade with a green-tomato 'marmalade' turns the usually bland neutrality of the simple white fish into complex sweetness, by contrast with the acid-sharp tomatoes. Lamb actually roasted in a small haystack—whether the hay is essential or ornamental is another question—manages to be both delicate and gamy, as lamb should be and too rarely is, while the skirt steak recalls the best of modish braised short ribs."
— Santacon, the annual parade of drunk bros in shabby costumes, will take place on December 12. The organizers of the event have not announced the route yet.
— An outpost of Key Foods' trendy spinoff Urban Market is coming to 70 Pine Street in the Financial District. This is the same building that will have four floors of Ken Friedman & April Bloomfield restaurants on top. Australian chain Black Fox Coffee will also open a cafe on the ground floor.
— Girls Scouts will be selling cookies today at 12 locations throughout Midtown. The official Girl Scout Cookie season doesn't start for over a month from now.
— A member of the Ramen Lab team, Shigetoshi Nakamura, is branching out with plans for a new restaurant at 172 Delancey Street. The 20-seat noodle shop — dubbed Nakamura — will offer at least five types of ramen, plus gyoza, rice bowls, and "daily small tapas." Nakamura is seeking a beer and wine license, although no word yet on when it's slated to open.
— Starting this Friday, November 6, the Roberta's team will be taking over the kitchen at Humboldt & Jackson in East Williamsburg. The special menu will include six of the most popular pizzas from the Bushwick original, plus two pastas, salads, ribs, and pepperoni rolls. The team will also be serving Roman-style pizza for the very first time.
— This weekend, a new fast-casual Asian restaurant will open in the old Via Tribunali space at 122 Ludlow Street called Zing's Awesome Rice. The menu will include six types of "seared rice," many of which will be gluten-free.
— And finally, here's an ode to the Scotch eggs at Meyers of Keswick in the West Village: