New York

A New Fleet of Improved Electric Citi Bikes Is Coming to NYC

Lyft is bringing the new ebikes to the city starting May 5.

Photo courtesy of Lyft
Photo courtesy of Lyft
Photo courtesy of Lyft

Riding a bike across NYC’s bridges is about to become much easier.

Lyft, the famous ride-share company that also operates NYC’s Citi Bike system, is introducing an improved and inclusive ebike model into the fleet. Starting May 5, New Yorkers and tourists alike will be able to ride ebikes even more seamlessly than before, thanks to a new and improved engine as well as the addition of several new rider-friendly features.

To create a new ebike that would truly answer the riders’ requests, Lyft collected feedback from bike riders for two years, and finally came up with the new ebike generation. Improved ergonomics to fit all sizes-including a new design for a three-inch wider range than the previous generation, and an improved seat clamp for multiple height adjustments-is one of the main features that stand out. The engine is also more powerful, but only when it’s needed, like on bridges and hills.

A built-in LCD screen and speakers will add to the intuitive experience, allowing riders to listen to parking and unlocking instructions. Those looking for a longer ride won’t need to worry about mileage, as the battery capacity is improved to 60 miles on a single charge. That also means riders will have an easier time finding ready-to-use ebikes at the various charging stations. Plus, it reduces the bikes’ environmental impact.

Improved safety features will ensure a smooth and comfortable ride for everyone. A powerful illuminated light ring, dubbed the LED “beacon,” allows night riders to be much more visible on the streets. The beacon, together with the bikes’ reflective paint, will serve as a main safety improvement. Safety sensors will monitor the bike’s overall health, like the status of its brakes and battery. Finally, a top-of-the-line rear hydraulic brake will allow riders to experience a smoother stop with less force.

“Our design team created an ebike New Yorkers will love, and one that’s built to last,” John Zimmer, President and Co-Founder of Lyft said in an official statement. “We’re very excited to grow Lyft’s Citi Bike options and bring more safety and joy to bike riding.”

Initially, the new bikes will be available exclusively to Lyft Pink, Reduced Fare Bikeshare, and Citi Bike members, who will get early access to the bike for a couple of months. Non-members who wish to give the new ride a go will be able to jump on Lyft’s new offer, which includes a 15-day free trial to experience the membership’s perks.

Before coming to NYC, Lyft’s new ebike fleet already rode the streets of San Francisco and Chicago. In only one month, the new bikes were used much more than the existing ones, averaging at almost 90% more trips per day, TimeOut reports.

The expectation is that NYC will have a similar response. According to Lyft, over 800,000 people in NYC hopped on a Citi Bike for the first time last year. In total, almost 28 million trips were registered. Part of this, Lyft believes, is due to the presence of ebikes-which allow riders to not only get to their destination faster, but also without considerable fatigue.

“Our ebikes served two to three times as many rides per bike as our classic pedal bikes last year,” reads Lyft’s statement.

For more information on membership and pricing, you can visit Citi Bike’s website.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, TikTok, and Snapchat.

Serena Tara is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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