April 2009 Archives

Cabrini Townhouses Get A (Relatively) Small Price Drop

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18628-0-3.jpgThe Cabrini townhouses, that still have yet to be constructed, have dropped 100k (from $2.95 million to $2.85 million) in price since we last posted about them in January. This 3.4% reduction doesn't seem to reflect recent national luxury reductions, and certainly doesn't reflect recent drops for less expensive properties in Washington Heights and Inwood.

I'm beginning to wonder if any of these will be built without buyers lined up. And with people wondering when the market will bottom out, I'm surprised these haven't come down more in price.

9/16/10 UPDATE: 

I recently noticed that these have now been taken off the market. Presumably they could not find buyers. 

There are a couple things that have always bothered me about this location for the townhouses. First, the lack of sunlight. The artist rendering seems to indicate that there would be plenty of direct sunlight, however the buildings are surrounded from practically every direction the sun could strike by Hudson View Gardens and Castle Village. 

Also, a multi-million dollar private roof deck with no direct sunlight, and with neighbors peering down on you, is a rip off.

Passover Coke Now In Bodegas

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redcapyellowcap.jpgIt's that time of year.

If you're a soda drinker (celebrating Passover, or not) look for Coca-Cola bottles with yellow caps. The yellow cap means it's the real thing... it has actual sugar in it as opposed to fructose. These usually go fast, so stock up while you can. Doing a blind taste test between a red-capped Coke bottle and a yellow-capped one will be an eye opener for anyone who hasn't done so in the past.

If you miss out, fear not, Coca-Cola bottles imported from Mexico can be found in various stores and restaurants throughout the year, and like Passover Coke are filled with sucrose.

And if you are celebrating Passover next week, happy holidays.

(Image via BenFrantzDale on Flickr)

"Ye Olde Dyckman Gossip Rag"

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seperated_at_birth copy.jpgThe Dyckman Farmhouse Museum has released a gossip newspaper in honor of April Fool's Day.

This thing is great. It's an 8-page National Enquirer-styled paper full of details about the Dyckman Farmhouse's past. Some is true, same isn't, but all of it is fun to read. After reading the paper you can test what's true/false in the "Crossword Puzzle of Truth" or... if that didn't work for you... all the facts get cleared up by the end of the paper.

You can download it here, but the link will expire April 6th, so get to it!

New "Manhattan Times" Website Live

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It's here. Our local paper has launched its new website.

Among the many new features:

  • Commenting on articles.
  • Individual pages for each new article (as opposed to one PDF of the whole paper - archives of old editions are still available).
  • "Online Community" - relevant N.M. links.
  • An archive of the paper's video featurettes.
  • "Eat Uptown" - sure to become our own, more detailed, version of Menu Pages or Urban Spoon.
  • "Shop Uptown" - same deal, but for stores, not food.
  • The "Shhhh!" section of the paper has finally fulfilled its pre-blog destiny, and actually  become a blog.
I was also pleasantly surprised to see that they've included an RSS item for TUC in their online blog watch, thanks MT!

There's more. Check out the new site.

Shuttle Bus Riders Protest Sudden Lack Of Free Service

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Last Saturday The Uptown Current spotted a group of local bus riders mounting a protest on Broadway and 168th street. The group was angered by the sudden lack of free bus service in the area.

For over a year many weekends had consistently seen free service offered by the MTA, taking riders to their destinations on Fort Washington Avenue and Broadway. Despite the service being quietly pulled by the MTA, many of the riders have noticed and are upset.

Dr. Ted Daniels, an Inwood resident and emergency room physician at the New York Presbyterian Hospital on 168th street was leading the pack of protesters. "I'm on call for emergencies every weekend" said Dr. Daniels. "Two years ago I was forced to pay for a subway ride down to work whenever I got paged for an emergency. If I was lucky I would use the transfer swipe to take the bus back uptown after I had dealt with the patient... as long as the patient died or got moved to surgery within 2 hours." Then, to Dr. Daniels's delight, the MTA began offering free weekend bus service for Washington Heights and Inwood residents. "It was a dream come true. I was saving money on MetroCards and simply hopping on and off the free shuttle bus as I pleased. I was in heaven."

A source within the MTA, wishing to remain anonymous, gave The Uptown Current some insight as to why they began offering free weekend bus service. "When we set up the free shuttle bus line uptown we thought it would be a great way to showcase our bus system and encourage people to pay for bus rides once our 'subway repairs' [the source chuckled, while using air quotes] ended... we felt too many people were using the subway, and we weren't seeing enough revenue coming in from our bus services."

Unfortunately for the MTA, the plan backfired. Many riders are now refusing to pay for bus, and even subway fares, in many cases choosing to walk to their north-of-168th-street destinations. Our source at the MTA added "We never saw it coming, we assumed people would be so upset over the lack of consistent weekend 'A' train service that they would slowly fall in love with the buses, and continue to spend money on buses once the subway service... 'resumed' [again using air quotes]."

What's next for the angry shuttle bus riders? "Straight to the mayor!" says Dr. Daniels. "He's forced to shell out hard earned cash every day to get to work [Mayor Bloomberg is known for riding the subway to City Hall]. He will sympathize with our effort to make weekend bus service uptown completely free of charge again." While the MTA had no official comment, it is clear through their sudden "completion of repairs" to the uptown 'A' line that they are backing away from their policy of offering free transport as a way of advertising their bus system.