MTA begins 2nd Ave. scaffolding removal — too late for some businesses

Posted at 9:00 PM, Jun 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-10 21:03:04-04

The MTA is starting to dismantle some of the large muck houses on Second Avenue, starting with the one on 72nd street.

On Monday, the MTA Capital Construction President said each stage was necessary.
“Few suffered for many to benefit in this case,” Dr. Michael Horodniceanu said.

When traveling up to the 80s, construction can be seen along with empty stores and  ‘out of business’ signs. Businesses located throughout the 80s, were reportedly losing up to $150,000 per week due to the construction.

Locals, such as Dieter Webber, the general manager of Heidelberg Restaurant, have lost about 30% of their business income. Webber explained, “Up in the high 90s lost 20% of their store fronts.”

The MTA states they’re doing all they can, and the beginning of the removal of the scaffold on 72nd is a positive step forward.

Horodniceanu continues, “We are happy to see little by little what we are going to restore. Hopefully, we’ll be out of here by 2016,”