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I think I will, actually, make it out of my neighborhood this weekend. There’s a show I hope to catch in Williamsburg on Saturday. So there — I’m not a lazy downtowner 100% of the time.

What else is going on in the Greater New York blogosphere?

Some are asking: Could the closed-off Harlem River High Bridge be uptown’s future High Line Park? [Harlem Bespoke]

Did Cinco de Mayo leave you wanting more Mexican food? Here’s a rundown on some options in Queens. [The Foodista]

Tickets are now on sale for Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival (July 5-10). [Brooklyn Bodega]

Coming even sooner … Bronx Week (May 12-23). [Norwood News]

Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, then and now. [Ape Shall Not Kill Ape]

Photo of Harlem River High Bridge from Harlem Bespoke.

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Views from Queensboro Bridge [Newtown Pentacle]

Recapping the Bike Shorts screenings at Public Assembly. [Brooklyn by Bike]

Staten Island: Into the Woods. [Ape Shall Not Kill Ape]

And for natural waterfalls, the gold goes to the Bronx! [Bronx Bohemian]

Nothing left but a ghost space: What was once the 125th St. Y. [Harlem Bespoke]

Photo by Mitch Waxman for Newtown Pentacle.

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Escape from lower Manhattan … at least in your mind. Maybe even in body!

Roosevelt Island tram will shut down for the spring and summer. Last chance to catch it before renovations is March 1 at 2 a.m. [Roosevelt Islander]

Save City Reliquary, New York’s coolest museum! [Edible Manhattan]

Ice Skating in Concourse Plaza [City Room]

Staten Island’s trees have their eye on you! [Scouting NY]

Will the new Kosciuszko Bridge please stand up? [Queens Crap]

And for kicks — Driving around NYC in 1928:

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If that’s not old-fashioned enough — and if you just can’t shake your downtown chauvinism (as I usually can’t) — then take a public sleigh down to the Bowling Green, circa 1860 [Virtual Dime Museum]

Roosevelt Island tram photo via Gothamist.

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Check this out! It’s like half a dozen tweets all sent at once!

Kevin Walsh visits Poe Place in the Bronx. [Forgotten NY]

Titanic House leaves LIC. [liQcity]

The repopulation of Downtown Brooklyn [Brownstoner]

Tomorrow: Second Saturday in Staten Island. [Forgotten Borough]

Bald Eagles in Harlem! [Harlem Hybrid]

I missed this first one when it was new, but here’s a tour of prisons in all 5 boroughs. Follow it up with a tour of public restrooms. I’d like to dedicate the first link to Bartleby the Scrivener and the second to anyone who’s ever been cited for public urination. [Untapped New York]

Williamsburg public phone photo by Michelle Young for Untapped New York.

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Things happening on the Web or IRT outside my neighborhood.

The Jane Jacobs of Gowanus [Found in Brooklyn]

The passing of a Harlem-born Tuskegee Airman [Harlem Bespoke]

Feeling hopeful at Staten Island’s Snug Harbor Cultural Center [snug-harbor.org]

Following Idiotarod 2010 from BK to Queens [Gothamist]

Coming-of-age clichés: Bronx edition [NYTimes]

Photo credit: An ephemeral scene on the Wmsburg Bridge, via Restless

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As ususal, I’m spending my Friday below 14th Street in Manhattan. Hooray for the Internets!

Kevin Walsh heads out to Brighton Beach and Coney Island [Forgotten NY]

And we hear rumors that the new amusement park will be named after an old one [Amusing the Zillion]

Willing to brave the cold? Take a self-guided graffiti tour of Bushwick and East Williamsburg [offManhattan]

Late link to photos of a late lunch with Pale Male [Urban Hawks]

Sunday lecture: Kerouac in Queens [NYC Parks & Rec]

Worst neighborhood name in New York history? Linoleumville, Staten Island, though some commentators would vote for Flushing instead. [Ephemeral New York]

And finally: Video montage of burned-out Bronx cityscapes in the 70s and 80s [Welcome to Melrose; h/t BoogieDowner]

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East River Plaza’s Costco lays off 160 workers; apparently NYers don’t have room to buy in bulk [Harlem Bespoke]

Benefit TONIGHT for Tuli Kupferberg at St. Ann’s, featuring Flutterbox,  John Zorn, Lenny Pickett, Christine Ohlman, Sonic Youth, Lou Reed, John Kruth, Peter Stampfel and Tuli’s fellow Fug, Ed Sanders [Now I’ve Heard Everything]

Breaking down NYC pizza by borough/neighborhood: The Astoria Slice, pictured above [Newtown Pentacle]

Bronx-based William S. Burroughs look-a-like robbing shops in the Village [New York Times, via BoogieDowner]

A guide to Staten Island’s Hills: Look to them! [Ape Shall Not Kill Ape]

Astoria Slice photo by Mitch Waxman

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Apologies in advance. Also, parental advisory. Tipper, that means you.

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Save Coney Island benefit @ Southpaw, Saturday 11 April [Kinetic Carnival]

Notes on a pre-Parkchester New York Catholic Protectory — with a terrific postscript on a Staten Island Protectory alumna and the secret file the nuns held over her head for years [Bronx Bohemian]

A gallery of historical images of the Queensboro Bridge, still basking in the glow of its 100th bday celebration [Greater Astoria Historical Society]

Staten Island wins the stimulus package sweeps [WNYC]

Now on view at the Museum of the City of New York: The Worlds of Henry Hudson and much more [MCNY]

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Okay, I admit it. I’m one of those downtowners who hardly gets above 23rd St without a toothbrush and sleeping bag and who visits Brooklyn and Queens a couple times a year. It’s something I’m not particularly proud of. (Don’t ask me the last time I was in Staten Island, let alone the Bronx.)

Even worse, perhaps, my blog reading habits mirror my real life downtown chauvinism. I tend to stick close to home, reading Eastsider blogs like Jeremiah’s and Grieve’s rather religiously. When they venture out or up, I ride along in my armchair, but for the most part I find enough in my own neighborhood to keep me entertained. I suppose the city works that way for a lot of folks, at least those who work where they live.

So to whet my appetite for things beyond walking distance, I’ve decided to try to keep up on uptown and outerborough blogging — at least monitoring a few key sites a couple times a week. Here’s a roundup of highlights from today’s reading experiment:

obamafried.jpgObama joins the ranks of presidents with fried chicken emporia named after them. [What about the Plastic Animals via Uptown Flavor]

Looking for something to do in Long Island City, Queens, this wkend? [liQcity]

Brian Berger plugs the NYRB reissue of L.J. Davis’s 1971 from-Idaho-to-Brooklyn novel, A Meaningful Life, including details on an upcoming reading with Jonathan Lethem. [Who Walk in Brooklyn]

Interrupting several thoughtful posts on the relationship between print and digital technologies, Staten Island blogger Dan Icolari stops to notice the flowers. [Walking Is Transportation]

A podcast interview with the Bronx Borough Historian, Professor Lloyd Ultan [Bronx Bohemian]

Bonus: Even though Roosevelt Island technically belongs to Manhattan (all the little islands do), it’s unique enough to warrant an additional Manhattan link here. One of the island’s two active blogs notes that Brangelina will be filming there soon. Brad apparently made a preview trip with all five kids in tow — and did just fine managing them single-handed. [Roosevelt Island 360]

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