During Construction, Fulton Street and Second Avenue are Open for Business

Do you still have some holiday shopping to do? Or do you just want to sit down for a meal after an all-day shopping excursion? Please consider the stores and restaurants along Second Avenue on Manhattan's Upper East side or the Fulton Street hub in the heart of Lower Manhattan.

Local businesses continue to serve customers while the MTA builds the Second Avenue Subway and Fulton Street Transit Center. Both mega-projects will benefit their respective communities and the entire city when they are finished but in the meantime, shoppers and diners alike should visit these businesses and enjoy the goods and services they have to offer. Now is the perfect time to pick up that last minute holiday gift!

The MTA has worked with local community and business leaders to develop the "Shop Second Avenue" and "Shop Fulton Street" campaigns. Each is comprised of a specially-designed logo, posters and brochures listing all businesses in the affected work zones, along with their addresses, phone numbers, and web sites.

The $1.4 billion Fulton Street Transit Center project will connect five subway stations and ten subway lines, improving access for over 300,000 daily customers that pass through this major transit hub in lower Manhattan. The project, funded primarily with federal funds, will be completed in 2014.

The Second Avenue Subway (Phase 1) will serve more than 200,000 people per day, reducing overcrowding on the Lexington Avenue Line and restoring a transit link to a neighborhood that lost the Second Avenue Elevated in 1940.

Under Phase 1 of the Second Avenue Subway project, new stations being built at 96th Street, 86th Street, and 72nd Street will be served by the Q train, as will an expanded station at 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue. Further phases of the project will extend the line from 125th Street in Harlem to Hanover Square in the Financial District.

For more information on participating shops and locations on Second Avenue, visit http://www.mta.info/nyct/shop_second_avenue/.

For more information on participating shops and locations on Fulton Street Avenue, visit http://www.mta.info/nyct/FultonBusiness/index.html.

Happy holidays, happy shopping and happy eating!