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Good morning, East Village.

More renderings of the East River Blueway have been revealed. [Curbed]

Charles Bagli explains why he wrote a book about Tishman Speyer’s $5.4 billion purchase of Stuyvesant Town: “The more I learned about Stuyesant Town, the more intriguing it was,” he said. “It had this rich history that most of us don’t know anything about. It’s such a cauldron for the lives of the middle class.” [Town & Village]

“WeWork, the rapidly expanding collaborative workspace provider, has nailed down a 16-year lease for 120,537 square feet at 222 Broadway.” [NY Observer]

“The construction that has left East Houston Street an obstacle course of lane closures, missing crosswalks and torn-up sidewalks has been extended and will soon rumble NoHo, SoHo, East Village and Lower East Side residents in the middle of the night.” [DNA Info]

The crab apple trees are budding in Tompkins Square Park. [Gamma Blog]

Mission Chinese Food has launched an online reservations system. [Zagat]

Lucky Burgers wants a local artist to “Houstonize” its facade. [The Lo-Down]

Japanese restaurant Bugs is “the kind of place you are relieved still exists in the East Village: tiny, a little kooky, with its own weather.” [NY Times]

“If you have been waiting breathlessly for the debut of Sam Chang’s Holiday Inn on Delancey Street, it looks like you won’t have to wait much longer.  The hotel chain’s web site indicates reservations are being accepted after April 21.” [The Lo-Down]

“Spring is yet to come, but the freezing wind which was blowing through the East Village on Sunday night did not stop dozens of New Yorkers from standing in line and waiting for the opening of ‘the Kubbeh Project,’ a pop-up restaurant named for its specialty item, a traditional comfort food among Iraqi Jews and Levantine Arabs defined by Israeli expatriate and self-described culinary ambassador Naama Shefi as “a combination of meatballs and dumplings.” [Haaretz]

Correction, March 18, 2013: This post was revised to correct an error. An earlier version misstated the name of the blog that published the story about Charles Bagli’s book. It is Town & Village, not Town & Country.