National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality: Union Square NYC

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Following the death of a 3-year-old girl at her Bushwick apartment this weekend, the neighborhood’s 83 Precinct Domestic Violence Unit will host an outreach event today at 1 p.m. in Maria Hernandez Park. [DNA Info]

Community Board 3 okayed the $9.6 million initial phase of renovating Pier 42, a future public park. [Bowery Boogie]

Community Board 1 once again recommended that the second location of Starbucks in Williamsburg be denied a liquor license. [Free Williamsburg]

And CB1 also recommended a liquor license rejection for Sing Sing Karaoke‘s forthcoming Grand Street outpost. Currently, Sing Sing has two locations in the East Village. [Gothamist]

Cookshop’s co-owners opened a new huge restaurant, Vic’s, on Great Jones Street in what used to be Five Points. Click here to see the digs (and dishes). [Grub Street]

Bowery bid farewell to R Bar earlier this week; a new restaurant called Rebelle will take its place. [EV Grieve]

Dojo Izakaya, sibling of nearby Sushi Dojo, will open within the next couple weeks on Avenue B. [Eater NY]

According to the newly released 2015 Zagat Survey, despite 160 restaurant openings this year—a city high since ’07—the number of closings also almost doubled this year, up from 42 to 82. [Eater NY]

Zagat also bestowed the city’s Best Pizza honorific onto Paulie Gee’s in Greenpoint. [Gothamist]

A few weeks after vacating the Lower East Side, Pok Pok Phat Thai will be back in business tomorrow on Brooklyn’s waterfront. [Eater NY]

At the Greenwich Village cocktail lounge Analogue, Halloween means staff dressed like Edgar Allen Poe characters and an absinthe fountain. Raven lovers, RSVP to [Eater NY]

As if we didn’t have enough reason to be psyched about this weekend, this round-up of NYC’s top 10 hidden museums just dropped, featuring the Museum of the American Gangster in the East Village, The Troll Museum on the Lower East Side, and the City Reliquary in Williamsburg. [Paper]

The City Reliquary will host the 5th Annual Havemeyer Sugar Sweets Festival Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; that night, anyone willing to pony up $95 can partake in Brooklyn Craft Company‘s Zombie Craft Night; Sunday at 1 p.m., Dog-E-Dog’s 3rd Annual Howl-O-Ween returns to McCarren Park (aka the city’s most-attended dog costume party). [Greenpointers]

Meanwhile, some competitors are hiring professional stylists for the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. [NY Daily News]

The Troll Museum also made this list of the best local art exhibits to experience under the influence. [NYU Local]

With the Prune cookbook about to drop, Gabrielle Hamilton talks about running her East Village restaurant for the past 15 years. [Grub Street]