We thought the subways felt crowded! The MTA reports that subway ridership surpassed 6 million on five different days in September, breaking the previous record five times, according to Crain’s. Incidentally, the day of highest ridership, when 6.1 million road the subways, was September 23, the same day the MTA revealed its partially-funded $32 billion capital plan. The MTA argues that soaring ridership—in the 1990s, daily ridership was about 3.5 million—indicates just how important the system, and the need to fund the capital plan, is.
And without additional trains and larger platforms and stations, the increased ridership at places like the Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Avenue stop is actually dangerous, transit advocates tell DNAInfo. “Excessive” crowds at morning rush hour mean that commuters stand just inches from the platform edge, videos show.
On the topic of crowded train stations: The Municipal Art Society and the Regional Plan Association think that Madison Square Garden should be moved to the site of the U.S. Postal mail sorting facility between 28th and 30th streets, Capital New York reports. A few hiccups remain, of course, namely, that the mail sorting facility is still in use and that rebuilding MSG would be a serious undertaking. But so long as you’re dreaming, why not dream big? The report also suggest moving Vornado office tower Two Penn Plaza, whose foundational columns go down to track level. “It’s aspirational,” Margaret Newman, the Municipal Art Society’s executive director, told Capital.
The Bronx’s Barnes and Noble—the borough’s one and only retail bookstore—is closing, according to The New York Times. The store, which opened in 1999 in co-op city, announced that it decided not to renew its lease, leaving Bronx residents looking for entertainment with little to do—despite having 1.4 million inhabitants, the borough has a mere 2 movie theaters with a total of 23 screens.
A new sports bar is little comfort, but it’s something, we suppose and DNAInfo reports that the notorious Hunts Point strip club Heat may be replaced with a sports bar.
Manhattan, at least, has a new bookstore, a French one. Lodged within the French embassy on Fifth Avenue, the recently-opened little shop, documented by The Wall Street Journal, looks delightful.
Change is the only constant, a platitude evinced by lawfirm Kaye Scholer’s decision to discard most of its legal library in a move from 425 Park Avenue, where it has been located since 1957, to 250 West 55th Street. “The whole move was a good exercise in forcing people to discard what they don’t need any longer,” a lawyer another firm told The Times. The law firm’s new offices will have 700 linear feet of shelving as opposed to the 10,000 at the old office.
And should you want to follow suit, The Times tries out Japanese super organizer Marie Kondo’s decluttering method, which recommends getting rid of anything that does not “spark joy.”
Bad renovation: an apartment building at 102 Norfolk Street was discovered to have 2,700 times the legal limit for lead, according to DNAInfo. Unsurprisingly, the building is rent-stabilized and the landlord, who was undertaking an intensive renovation when he allowed dangerous construction dust to coat the halls and stairs, has since sold the building to a new owner who tenants claim is trying to push them out.
The Park Avenue Christian Church is slated to receive $24.7 million from Extell under the disputed plan that would allow the developer to build a tower on the site of the church’s parish house, according to The Wall Street Journal.
A partnership of Thor Equities, RXR Realty and General Growth Properties has paid $595 million for 530 Fifth Avenue, according to Crain’s, 50 percent more than the sellers paid three years ago.