103rd Street Subway Closure Is Clobbering Sales, Businesses Say


EAST HARLEM — Commuters aren’t the only ones slowed down by the closure of the 103rd Street subway station on Lexington Avenue.

Several businesses have reported a drop in sales — some as much as 40 percent — since the city closed the station to start working on restorations in May.

“We used to open at 5 a.m.,” said Munir Sharhan, the owner of Lex & 103 Deli. “Now we open at 7 a.m. It’s dead until 9 a.m.”

Sharhan’s early morning customers on the southeast corner of 103rd Street and Lexington Avenue used to stop by on their way downtown. But now they either walk up to 110th Street or down to 96th Street. Some of his regulars have stopped by on the weekend to say they can’t get over there because of the subway, he said.

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