The Afternoon Wrap: Thursday

The East Village’s new waterside park is starting to grow and take shape. Could Williamsburg get promenade envy? [Loho10002 via Curbed]

“Retailers suffer as shoppers balk,” yet the mallification of Manhattan continues apace. [Portfolio]

A beloved, 60-year-old, family-owned Gowanus grocery kicks the bucket—possibly so something called Canal Bar can expand. Take us with you. PLEASE! [Gowanus Lounge]

Bike-sharing in N.Y.C.? It may work in “European cities such as Barcelona and Lyon,” but so do naps and long dinners at midnight. [Streetsblog]