The kerfuffle over Pier 40 may be drawing to a close. The Villager reports, “The Related Companies may be folding its circus tent for its hotly opposed plan for a Cirque du Soleil entertainment megacomplex on the pier, since Related cannot get a long-term, 49-year lease.” Now, the Hudson River Park Turst is encouraging Camp Group/Urban Dove, which has created a proposal called “The People’s Pier” (Seen here, via the Villager) and grassroots local group Pier 40 Partnership, which presented its own plans for the site back in January, to work together on a site plan.

In response to the MTA’s selection of Tishman Speyer as the developer of the Hudson Yards site, NY Times’ Nicolai Ouroussoff has a thoughtful editorial about the place of public good in big NYC development projects. One positive note about the Hudson Yards development from a community-based planning perspective – Friends of the High Line says that the plan preserves most of the High Line, and FOTH has pledged to work with the developer to ensure preservation of the entire structure.

Brownstoner reports on Toll Brothers’ presentation last night in Gowanus.