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Uptown links: bike lanes are coming to Amsterdam Avenue in Harlem, and more

Updated: Mar 17, 2020

Bike lanes are coming to Amsterdam Avenue in Harlem

• The city approved a plan to add bike lanes and other safety improvements to a dangerous stretch of Amsterdam Avenue between 110th and 155th Streets. It is working around local Community Board 9, which has opposed the changes. One collision per day on this section of the avenue has been the norm. [Patch]

• The Tribeca Film Festival kicked off at the Apollo Theater last night with the premiere of a documentary honoring the 85-year-old institution. Directed by Roger Ross Williams, "The Apollo" focuses on the iconic theater's history as a mecca of African-American culture. It will air on HBO in the fall. [NY Times]

• Ozwald Boateng, the first black designer to open a business on London's Savile Row–he was also the creative director for Givenchy menswear and designed costumes for "Black Panther"–will cross the pond to stage his first womenswear collection at the Apollo Theater. The inspiration is the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance. [Refinery29]

• This year's Summer Stage schedule includes the 50th anniversary celebration of Black Woodstock at Marcus Garvey Park. [City Parks Foundation]

• Three Upper Manhattan politicians have joined a group of local residents in protesting a new billboard that Amtrak installed over the tracks at 155th Street near the West Side Highway. They say the sign has "fundamentally altered the skyline." [Patch]

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