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(photo: Scott Lynch)

What does that pesky groundhog know? The truest sign of spring arrived yesterday: Gemma at The Bowery Hotel put its tables outside. [Eater]

It’s a sad day for pizza lovers (so, everyone). LES pizzeria San Marzano, which had initially closed temporarily due to a burst pipe, is now closed for good. [Grub Street]

Some investors from Beijing are advertising some very fancy looking apartments on China’s largest real estate website. But wait… these apartments are at 421 Kent, in Williamsburg! []

The revamp of the East River (the plans for which we previewed the other day) may include a 35-foot plus-shaped pool. The pool is devised to create a tiny nook in that big bad river that’s safe for swimming. [NYU Local]

A Queens woman who died in hospital after suffering seizures at a Meatpacking hotel is now said to have been the victim of a botched butt lift procedure. A New Jersey woman believed to have been connected to her death has been arrested and charged with felony assault and second-degree manslaughter. [NY Post]

If you like lining up for things, starting Friday Dominique Ansel (of Cronut fame) will be offering his organic “shots” of milk (that were all the rage at SXSW this past weekend) in chocolate cookie cups at his Soho bakery. [Grub Street]

Pete Wells gave two stars to Contra on the Lower East Side. [NY Times]

The owners of Berry Park have opened Northern Territory — a converted warehouse space with a rooftop bar — in Greenpoint. [Brownstoner]

BrisketTown is tapping a free keg every Tuesday night. [Eater]