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Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse sues MTA over homeless near One Vanderbilt site

Revenues at the restaurant have dropped 24 percent according to court documents

November 18, 2015 09:45AM

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Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse NYC (inset: Michael Jordan)

Homeless people gathering at the site of SL Green’s One Vanderbilt tower project are hurting business at Michael Jordan’s The Steakhouse NYC at Grand Central Terminal, according to a lawsuit filed by its owners.

The suit, filed against the restaurant’s landlord, the MTA, asserts that revenues at the eatery have fallen 24 percent as a result.

“It looks like ‘Gotham’ out there,” the steakhouse’s general manager Stephan Dorian told the New York Post.

The suit calls for unspecified damages, the Post reported.

The MTA has been doing construction in the area, renovating the Vanderbilt Avenue entrance of the Grand Central stop.

One Vanderbilt, expected to be complete in 2020, will stand 1,404 feet and contain 1.3 million square feet of space, according to public records. SL Green fought for a rezoning of the area, which also required the company to spend about $210 million on repairs to the Grand Central’s subway infrastructure. [NYP]Ariel Stulberg