Empty storefront in Times Square comes with 1961-era subway car

Brokers expect new tenants to get rid of NYC relic

TRD New York /
Jul.July 25, 2017 09:20 AM

The A train inside of the space previously occupied by Asics at 120 West 42nd Street (Credit: Shawmut)

This retired subway car appeared in the third “Die Hard” movie, was abandoned in the Mojave Desert and most recently displayed sneakers. Now, it sits in an empty storefront in Times Square.

JLL is marketing the 5,200-square-foot space at 120 West 42nd Street with an asking price of $3.25 million, the New York Post reported. The space comes with a retired A train subway car, left by the previous tenants, Japanese running shoe manufacturer Asics. But brokers don’t expect the 1961-era subway car to be a selling point, per se.

“I think most tenants would have it taken out,” JLL broker Patrick Smith, part of a team tapped to market the space, told the Post.

Asics closed its flagship store in October 2015 — less than a year after it opened — due to a dispute with its North American retail licensee. The store’s space was tied up in bankruptcy proceedings, so building owners Ivanhoé Cambridge and Callahan Capital Partners weren’t able to start marketing it until recently.

The subway car, which was retied in 1983, appeared in “Die Hard with a Vengeance” and somehow ended up in the Mojave Desert before landing in Asics’ store. [NYP] — Kathryn Brenzel 

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