The Day | Pier 42 Will Open in Spring

EAST VILLAGE metal gateGloria Chung

Good morning, East Village.

The city has put out a Request For Proposals for the Seward Park Urban Renewal area and “interest among developers has been frenzied, city officials said. Since the announcement, bidding information has been downloaded from the city’s Web site 750 times by parties… More than 200 people turned up at a city information session this month, including representatives from the Related Companies, Forest City Ratner, Edward J. Minskoff Equities and AvalonBay Communities, a developer based in Arlington, Va.” [NY Times]

“The long-neglected Pier 42 on the southern end of East River Park will open to the public for the first time this spring, officials announced Tuesday.” [DNA Info]

“Four years into his 154-year prison sentence, a violent sex fiend — dubbed the ‘Crackhead Casanova’ by Manhattan prosecutors — is trying to overturn his conviction for a pair of 2006 attacks in an East Village apartment building.” [NY Post]

“Recently Community Board 3 sent a survey to neighborhood block associations and followed up with a letter outlining various procedures these groups should follow.” [The Lo-Down]

“Death & Company has been closed since a small fire damaged the bar’s kitchen a few days ago, says owner David Kaplan. But Kaplan reassures Fork in the Road that the East Village cocktail bar is finishing up repairs and plans to reopen this week, on Wednesday or Thursday.” [Fork in the Road]

Boca Chica, a colorful Latin-American restaurant in the East Village, has closed temporarily as the owner searches for new partners in the business, a source said.” [DNA Info]

Casa Gusto is now selling gelato. “Favorite types of gelato include chocolate, dulce de leche and coconut. Next month, Casa Gusto will offer an additional eight flavors.” [Washington Square News]

Jason Casséus enjoyed his meal at Boulton & Watt: “Despite the one flawed dish, I had a good time at Boulton & Watt. The place looks great, I was blown away by the steak tartare and the service was excellent.” [East Village Eats]