Earlier today, a controversial Citi Bike station at Grand and Henry streets was removed by the Department of Transportation.
Following a May 27 New York Post story, a petition drive was launched, attracting more than one-thousand signers, urging the city to move the station away from Frank’s Bike Shop, a longtime small business that’s located less than a block from the intersection. Many others chimed in, saying the station was a valuable new transportation asset in a section of the neighborhood not well served by subway and bus lines. We have a call into the DOT; we’ll let you know what they say about the reasons for the move. A short time ago, Frank Arroyo told us he’s not sure the removal of the station will help him much; he is more concerned about Citi Bike docks near hotels, where most of his rental business originates.
UPDATE: DOT tells us the station was temporarily removed due to utility construction. The station will eventually be re-installed at this location. Citi Bike also put the word out via its twitter feed:
Henry & Grand St. station has been temporarily uninstalled to allow for Con Ed work.
— Citi Bike (@CitibikeNYC) June 22, 2013