Interactive Map: Your Biking Wisdom in 10 Words

Bicyclists in New York City were picky long before New York had a bike share program, which made its debut on Memorial Day. With the city hoping to add thousands of new riders, local bike knowledge is as important as ever. And whether it’s on the subway or on a bike, New Yorkers are happy to tell you how to get from A to B.

Today, The Times is publishing an interactive map, “Your Biking Wisdom in 10 Words,” which allows readers to annotate a map with their own inside knowledge and read what others have to say.

Looking for a an alternative to the Greenway from the George Washington Bridge? (Try St. Nicholas Street.) How to avoid Canal Street going west from the Manhattan Bridge? (Hop on Prince Street via Rivington.) Wondering whether riding on Flatbush Avenue is ever a good idea? (For the moment, survey says no.)

We’ve started the map with a few dozen tips from a small group of avid bicyclists. In addition, users can explore popular routes around the city using data from Strava, a running and cycling app.

Go forth and spread your wisdom!

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Big Ticket | Park Perks for $15.27 Million

In a repeat of last week’s performance, the exacting renovation and restoration at the historic 18 Gramercy Park South by Zeckendorf Development and Robert A. M. Stern recorded its second closing — No. 5, another floor-through condominium, which sold for $15,273,750 — in a sale that was the most expensive of the week, according to city records.

The previous week’s top sale was No. 9, covering the ninth floor, for $16,575,000.

This residence also encompasses 4,207 square feet and provides direct views of idyllic Gramercy Park, the only private park in Manhattan. As a closing gift to all of its buyers, Zeckendorf Development provides a free key to the park for the first year, a unique and popular perk that, although its actual worth is a mere $350, conveys an extra dose of prestige to occupants of Gramercy Park’s tallest building. Monthly carrying charges for the apartment, on the fifth floor, are $11,225.31.

The home has a keyed elevator entrance onto a large gallery, and the living room offers 40 feet of frontage on the park. Floors are of white oak, and the windows have marble sills. The master suite has his-and-hers marble baths, and the three other bedrooms all include en-suite baths. The cabinetry in the windowed eat-in kitchen is by Smallbone of Devizes, and the appliances are the usual suspects found in aspirational kitchens: Sub-Zero, Wolf and Miele.

According to representatives of the developer, 8 of the 16 available units, including the $42 million penthouse, are in contract, and 3 more are pending contract. All of the residences, designed with a balance of prewar comfort (spacious rooms and oversize windows) and up-to-the-minute technology, have sold for their full listing price.

The anonymous buyer of No. 5 used a Washington-based limited-liability company, Chai Landing, and the sponsor unit was represented by Zeckendorf Marketing.

Big Ticket includes closed sales from the previous week, ending Wednesday.

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Is It ‘the Hamptons’ or ‘Long Island’?

Dear Diary:

Cast: Three high schoolers and me, sitting across from them on the crosstown bus.

Time: 3:30 p.m. A Friday.

High schooler No. 1, in the middle of a conversation about the coming weekend and their respective country houses: “I always feel like a stupid rich kid saying we have a place in the Hamptons, you know?”

No. 2. “I never say ‘the Hamptons.’ I just say we go to Long Island. ‘The Hamptons’ sounds, you know…”

No. 3. “I LOVE saying ‘the Hamptons’! That way people don’t think we’re so rich. Only renters say ‘the Hamptons.’”

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