Good morning and happy Monday! Maybe some mist around W42nd Shriek early today as we prepare for trick-or-treating and Halloween fun. Unseasonably warm with a high of 64 degrees. The only chills will be spook induced…

An encampment under the Travel Inn caught fire Saturday evening, sending dozens of fire trucks racing to the area as firefighters evacuated over 100 people from the hotel and train tracks beneath. Read more…

Hell's Kitchen fire Travel Inn Amtrak

Just in time for Halloween, New York City Council has passed laws intended to scare away the Big Apple’s rat population — with policies designed to limit trash on the street, add more rat-proof refuse containers and new construction site regulations which were sponsored by Hell’s Kitchen’s Council Member Erik Bottcher in his first bill. Read more…

Gary Hershorn Rat

What we’ve been reading

A new city law coming into effect tomorrow requires companies with at least four employees to post salary ranges for openings. (New York Times)

It’s not ferry funny — the celebrity Staten Island ferry has asbestos and cockroaches. (New York Daily News)

Do you remember the 1977 New York City blackout? (FewSaid)

Gotham has lost its aspirational capacity to conjure magic out of morass — to London. Discuss… (New York Post)

How smart can a wristwatch be for you? (WSJ)

Freeze Frame

The West 47th/48th Streets Block Association's annual Halloween party in hell's Kitchen Park

Captain America and the Joker aren’t on the same side. They’re not even in the same (cinematic) universe. But on Saturday they and a few other heroes, super and regular, joined forces at the West 47th/48th Streets Block Association’s annual Children’s Halloween Party in Hell’s Kitchen Park. Read more…

Happy birthday to Eve Suter, Tracey Kleinman Berglund and Torsten Hombeck.