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Uptown links: Citi Bike's expansion into northern Manhattan is looking a lot closer, Carrot Top Pastries' Inwood location to shutter, and more

November 29, 2018

 

• Big news, folks. Lyft, the parent company of Citi Bike, has agreed to dramatically expand the city's popular bike share program, promising to invest $100 million and double the service area. Although the new boundaries haven't been determined yet, there are strong hints Upper Manhattan's bike-share drought is almost over (the current northernmost docking station is 130th Street in Harlem). "I look forward to working with Motivate, Lyft, and the Department of Transportation on expanding Citi Bike access further into Manhattan neighborhoods that are still waiting for it,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer in a statement. Another big clue: Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, who represents most of Washington Heights and Inwood, is the Chair of the Committee on Transportation. [NYC.gov]

 

• And then there was one: After almost a year without cooking gas in the building, Carrot Top Pastries' Inwood location is closing. Owner Robert Mancino told am New York he has had to pour $50,000 of his own money to keep the business afloat. Thankfully, the Washington Heights location "will stay open for years to come," according to a sign in the window. [amNewYork]

 

• The Second Avenue Subway is one step closer to reaching East 125th Street after the Federal Transit Administration issued a "Finding of No Significant Impact." [Patch]

 

• Harlem's Colonial Park Station post office has officially been renamed after the Tuskeegee Airmen, the legendary group of black pilots who fought in WW II. It takes an act of Congress to rename a U.S. post office, and it was U.S Rep. Adriano Espaillat who sponsored the bill. [The Grio]

 

• How things have changed. But also, how lovely: The New Yorker republished a photo shoot of Harlem jazz musicians by Arthur Elgort online. Originally shot in 2000, it's accompanied by an essay by Hilton Als. Note the now-closed Lenox Lounge in many of the shots. [The New Yorker]

 

• Did Magic Johnson help "turn around" Harlem? [Page Six]

 

• NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver commemorated uptown running group Harlem Run on its 5th anniversary with an official Parks Department plaque in Marcus Garvey Park that reads "Harlem Run Plaza." [@harlemrun on Instagram]

 

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