More businesses to shutter in LIRR concourse amid Penn Station renovations
Image by Leif Knutsen on Wikimedia Commons
Beginning next April, at least 17 additional businesses in Penn Station’s LIRR concourse will shutter to make way for the station’s $600 million revamp. As the New York Post reports, the closings will impact the north-side of the concourse, which is operated by real estate developer Vornado. Commuter-favorites like Shake Shack, Pret a Manger, and two Starbucks locations are among the merchants who will close shop, leaving commuters with significantly fewer fast-food options. Papyrus, Godiva, and Le Bon Cafe are also on the list.
Rendering of the new LIRR entrance, courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office
As 6sqft reported over the summer, 10 businesses, including the popular Tracks Raw Bar & Grill, have already been forced to vacate for construction, which is now underway.
The new 33rd Street and 7th Avenue entrance will provide direct access to the Long Island Rail Road main concourse and the subway, hopefully easing the station’s notorious congestion.
The work is expected to wrap up in December of 2020. The LIRR concourse will remain open for commuters to walk through. An MTA spokesman said signs will be installed to help the public navigate around the shutdown areas.
[Via New York Post]