New York Today: Sales Slow for Shops at Penn Station
After much anticipation, there were no major problems at the Pennsylvania station, while repairing the track began on Monday – for passengers, at least.
However, the sellers were less satisfied. Workers at several stores in the station on Monday morning, said the companies shaken injured traffic.
At the height of the morning tip I was told it was between 7pm and 8:30 pm, things were much quieter than usual. To repair the Draco shoes, near the center of the town, the chaussureuses gave the front of the shop, its polishing and bottles at rest.
“It’s terrible, and I’m fine,” said Wilson Silva, who manages the salon. “There are not many people. We are in assisted living.”
“We expected it to be a bit slow – because the summer is always slow, that’s normal – but now we’re below the slow,” he said.
Some employees with whom we spoke accused that travelers had to find other ways to work slower than usual companies.
Joyce Felli, working behind the shoe repair counter, said that on most other mornings, the glitter booth was crowded at 8 pm, with a line of customers spreading through the main entrance. “But now?” She said, pointing to the row of empty red leather chairs. “Amazing”.
Joyce Felli, director of Drago shoe repair shop. The New York Times Jeenah Moon Credit
It was a similar story for those who served breakfast.
During a typical day at Le Bon Cafe, in the hallway of Long Island Rail Road, the bagels are almost completed at 8 pm, said Olga Calle, who helps prepare sandwiches.
“But I missed my clients,” he said on Monday, indicating suitcases practically untouched by muffins and full spreads. “You see, I have not sold anything.”
A level at Primo Cappuccino, Janina Quintero, a teller, said the store had lost nearly half of its regular customers Monday morning.
And a few doors from Don Pepi Delicatessen, near the waiting area of Amtrak, Diana Lopez appeared in front of the cash desk, watching the moving passers-by.
Usually the long lines for the Amtrak platforms and the overflow of the waiting train door blocking the store entrance in the morning, said Ms. Lopez, a teller. But on Monday, the lines were gone and the room was filled with available seats. “It looks pretty deserted,” he said, before the next request for an iced coffee. “People are angry. People are agitated.”
It was only the first day of eight long weeks of transit changes, so maybe sales will drop again in good condition. After all, New Yorkers can not live without coffee.
It will be partly cloudy, with a high near 84. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
But it will still be hot – it could even rise to 86.
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