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Listen Up: A Closer Look at the Top Stories for Friday, May 11

Friday, May 11, 2018 

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1. Exotic Tick Mysteriously Latches on in New Jersey

As if ticks weren't already bad enough in our area -- now we have to deal with an exotic species. 

Officials said longhorned ticks have been found in New Jersey over the last few months. The species is native to Asia and can carry diseases.

State officials are working to get rid of them, but experts warn the disease-carrying critters are likely to keep spreading. 

Read more here.

2. NYC to Add Bike Lanes on Harlem River Bridges

Listen up, cyclists: soon you'll be able to safely bike between Manhattan and the Bronx.

The city says it is planning to add bike lanes to six bridges over the Harlem River. Officials say the project will cost about $90 million, according to the New York Times, and it'll make getting between the two boroughs much easier.

The 145th Street Bridge will be the first to get the lanes, and they'll open in 2021.

Read more here.

3. It's On! LI Bar Declares ‘Act of War’ Against Tennessee Town

Long Island iced tea might not actually be a Long Island thing after all. 

Kingsport, Tennessee, is making a claim to the iconic cocktail, saying a man in the city started mixing it up 50 years before it was first made on Long Island. 

Bars from both sides are doing a taste-test to determine who should get to claim the cocktail. 

Read more here.

4. The Broken Shaker Opens NYC Rooftop Bar

Midtown's cocktail scene is getting a South Beach infusion. 

That's because Miami hotspot The Broken Shaker just opened a location in the Flatiron, according to Eater New York. The new rooftop bar will feature New York City-inspired drinks like a poppy seed bagel fizz and some favorites from its Miami menu. 

The Broken Shaker is between 23rd and 24th streets on Lexington Avenue. 

Read more here

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