News clips: April 8, 2010

Manhattan apartment rents edge up in 1Q
Crain’s New York Business
In another sign of stability returning to the huge Manhattan apartment market, the average rent edged up slightly during the beginning of the year, compared with the end of 2009.

Midtown BID May Transform Empty Lot Into Secure Bike Parking
Streetsblog
The 34th Street Partnership is looking to help cyclists who commute to Midtown by converting an empty lot on 33rd Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues into what they hope will be a state-of-the-art bike parking facility that could potentially include showers and a snack stand.

China Offers High-Speed Rail to California
The New York Times
Chinese rail officials hope California will choose them to help build a high-speed rail line from Anaheim to San Francisco.