Beginning July 17, Prospect Park will begin a trial run of a car free park , the mayor and Department of Transportation officials said, extending a car ban that has been in effect on the west side of the park since 2015. The city is shutting down East Drive from Park Circle to Grand Army Plaza starting next Monday through the weekend after Labor Day. The move is meant to make the green space safer as it sees a rise in recreational use during the summer.
Keller Willams has been using “SOHA” to describe the area between 110th and 125th streets. SoHa – short for South Harlem – was supposed to evoke trendy neighborhoods in the city like SoHo, in lower Manhattan. But the effort to rebrand Harlem touched off a backlash, especially among long-time residents who consider the neighborhood’s status as a center of African-American culture and politics threatened by gentrification.
The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum has won a bid on a building in Harlem and will be launching a $150 million campaign to build the site, with the hope of getting the first phase open by February 2018. It’s also fitting that the city that birthed such giants of the genre — including Jay Z, Run-D.M.C., Nas, Kurtis Blow, The Notorious B.I.G., Wu-Tang Clan and Doug E. Fresh, among many others — will be home to the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum.
You must be 21 and over to eat most of the ice cream offered at Tispy Scoop Barlour on East 26th St. in Manhattan. That’s because owner and creator Melissa Tavss puts real alcohol in her wildly popular frozen treats. At Typsy Scoop, your average two-scoops of ice cream is the equivalent to a light beer. And remember to bring your ID, cause you would be Carded.
Harlem residents are up in arms over renaming the area from 110th to 125th Streets as SoHa, short for South Harlem, in an effort to evoke the trendiness of SoHo. The community board argues that these streets have long been part of Central Harlem, which stretches between Morningside Park and Fifth Avenue from 110th Street to the Harlem River at around West 155th Street. But Community leaders blasted the renaming calling it an insult to longtime residents and another sign of gentrification running amok. They fear it will lead to more high-end development, pushing black residents out and bringing in wealthy white condo owners. The up-and-coming area is becoming so popular that Realtor Keller Williams has a team dedicated just to SoHa on 115th street. Community leaders are particularly upset with the real estate agency, but they say it’s just a nickname and doesn’t want to undermine Harlem’s rich legacy.
It’s almost time to get your sun tan on. New York City beaches will open on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Some offering free sunscreen for beachgoers for the first time. The city decided to launch a pilot program this year to install 100 dispensers to give out free sunscreen at beaches across the city. City Comptroller Scott Stringer says it’s important to apply sunscreen on a daily basis to reduce the risk of skin cancer. City beaches will remain open through the Labor Day weekend and lifeguards will be on duty from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
From shopping online to Columbus Circle Amazon Books has opened it’s first brick-and-mortar store in the city. It opened today in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle. But Despite being a brick and mortar shop, Amazon has not forgotten its Internet roots. All books sold at the store are either bestsellers on Amazon’s website or were rated 4 stars or higher by Amazon customers.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling on experts who can team together to combine new perspectives, skills and technical understanding to develop immediate solutions for the MTA. It’s called the “MTA Genius Transit Challenge” and competitors will be given comprehensive briefings on the transit system and will be challenged to find solutions that can be implemented with speed and efficiency. This calls for signal system overhauls; new subway car designs, WiFi and cell service throughout the system, tunnels included. The winner in each category will receive $1 million from the State.