New York, NY —
Upper East Side businesses struggling through subway tunnel construction are asking the City Council for help.
At hearings yesterday, Second Avenue Business Association head Joe Pecora estimated that 14 businesses have closed or been forced to relocate as a result of construction on the new subway tunnel between 90th and 96th streets.
Pecora described a litany of problems businesses face, including decreased foot traffic, the loss of parking spaces in front of the store, and noise.
While the project broke ground three years ago, construction on the actual tunnel is just now getting underway.
The head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's capital projects division, Michael Horodniceanu, says it's not fair to blame all the closures on his project.
"There is a combination of factors here. There are business that have closed on First and Third avenue that have nothing to do with construction," Horodniceanu says.
Construction on the first phase of the project is expected to last until the end of 2016.