By Carol Tannenhauser
The neighborhood is quivering with excitement — as the tips come in. There’s construction going on — actual construction — at the long vacant Metro Theater on Broadway between 99th and 100th.
“Looks as though lots of work is being done on the old Metro Theater,” wrote Larry. “I asked the construction people what the plan was and they said they didn’t know. I’m sure it would be of interest to all of us in the neighborhood.”
“Passed by the Metro Theater yesterday,” Jonas said, “they’re replacing an old fuel tank under the theater and refurbishing the external facade. The construction workers said that there’s a new tenant for the theater, but declined to say what it is. That’s all I’ve got so far.. :)”
West Side Rag has got a lot more! We spoke directly to Albert Bialek, the Metro’s owner, via cell phone Wednesday night, and he confirmed that construction is indeed underway. What is being built? In his characteristic manner, Bialek demurred, saying he is bound by a confidentiality agreement not to say, BUT it expires March 20th and then he will tell us — and only us, he said — all.
For now, he says, “Something very special and new is happening at the Metro. Stay tuned!”
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