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Harlem Hoopla: Uptown New York Down, Cruise Up

At the same time he's professing love for eminent domain, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Co. have thrown in the towel on an East Harlem redevelopment plan called Uptown New York, citing community opposition. Per the Daily News, "Set to rise on mostly city-owned land running from 125th to 127th Sts. and Second to Third Aves., it would have included a 700,000-square-foot commercial development, 1,500 housing units, 1,000 parking spaces and expansion of an MTA bus storage facility." New proposals for the site will be sought.

Meantime, elsewhere in the ville, blogger Bagel in Harlem braces for Tom Cruise's arrival on 125th Street today: "Coming a long way since his days when he was short on cash and used to haul garbage in the neighborhood, Cruise is scheduled to return to his old stomping ground by way of boat and Lamborghini." A good photo of Cruise nets you a bagel.
· 'Uptown' Plan Down and Out [NYDailyNews]
· Mission: Harlem [Bagel in Harlem]
· Bloomberg Says Power to Seize Private Land Is Vital to Cities [NYTimes]