Two massive warehouse parties, where revelers were drinking and dancing indoors, many without face coverings, were busted by the NYC Sheriff’s office over Halloween weekend, the New York Times reports.
The first of the two parties took place at a warehouse on Meadow Street, in Williamsburg, on Friday night, where officers observed nearly 400 people inside, and three bars operating at the venue. The following night, the sheriff’s office observed more than 550 people inside a separate warehouse near Westchester Square operating with a large bar and a food truck. In total, 28 people — including organizers, DJs, and security guards — now face charges related to health and safety violations.
Since the start of the pandemic, at least 238 restaurants and bars in the city have seen their liquor licenses suspended due to a variety of COVID-19 safety violations. The city has previously busted similar warehouse parties over the summer as well. These parties are particularly concerning given the massive spike in coronavirus cases across the country, including the recent rise in cases in parts of Queens and Brooklyn. Still, a spokesperson for the Mayor’s office reiterated Sunday that most New Yorkers celebrated Halloween responsibly over the weekend.
In other news
— Local coffee mini chain the Bean is reopening one of the East Village locations it closed earlier this year due to the pandemic-related downturn.
— Cajun seafood chain Hook & Reel is opening a second outpost in the Bronx. The Maryland-founded chain has 42 locations across the country including outposts in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx.
— Williamsburg all-day cafe Gertie’s owner Nate Adler spoke with the New York Times about how the restaurant is managing to stay afloat during the pandemic.
— Global hot pot chain the Dolar Shop is close to opening its East Village outpost. The chain also has a location in Flushing.
— A new coffee shop and wine bar is taking over the Cocoa Bar space on Clinton Street.
— See you soon, indeed: