K-Town Public Space Still Under Lockdown
When the weather got nice last spring, this was the scene for Midtown Lunchers near the Empire State Building. We had a nice, out of the way outdoor space to take in the sun and eat lunch. Instead of braving the tourists and homeless in Herald Square, they could relax and get some fresh air in the “public space” behind 325 5th Avenue, the home of K! Pizzacone and future home of the new Bon Chon Chicken.
Then, in the middle of the summer, gates went up and it has been locked down ever since.
Now, it looks like this:
With a warm weather finally passing through, I stopped in the lobby to see if there was any hope of sitting out on those spiffy wooden benches any time soon. A guard gave me some background: The area is closed while glass panes are being placed on the back of the building. Until the construction is done, it’s off-limits.
When I asked for an eta, he said there was nothing official, but he had heard it could be another four months. That’s four sad, sunless months for those of us with few other options nearby. What are your favorite outdoor eating spaces in Midtown? Put them in the comments so I can live vicariously through you.