Gothamist today reports that F Line Bagels, the small, clean, well-lit bagelry across the street from the large, filthy, decaying Smith and 9th Streets station on the F and G lines, has been forced by the MTA to stop displaying official subway memorabilia and pay $5,000 in licensing fees. Which just full-on sucks.
F Line opened in a depressed stretch that contains a parking lot for moving trucks, a dreadful superette and a snack stand that may or may not be a going concern. It’s the only non-foul establishment within a block of the station, and the MTA is investing more in screwing that up than in fixing up the disaster that is Smith and 9th. Go figure.