Six pop-up shops are coming soon to a subway near you

The MTA is now accepting applications from retailers who want to set up shop underground throughout the city

The Uniqlo pop-up in the Union Square subway station

The Uniqlo pop-up in the Union Square subway station Photograph courtesy MTA

Following the success of two previous subway pop-up shops—The Newsstand in Williamsburg’s Lorimer St–Metropolitan Ave station and a Uniqlo outpost in the 14th St–Union Sq station—the MTA is calling for six more stores to open outlets underground.

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The available spots for rent range from the super tiny (70 square feet) to the still pretty tiny (510 square feet), and are located throughout Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. Spaces are available at the following stations: Downtown Brooklyn’s DeKalb Ave BQR, 61st St–Woodside in Queens, 42nd St–Grand Central and the 50th St 1 stop (two spaces available in each of the latter two stations).

As we've mentioned, so far the pop-ups have been seen as a benefit to all players: the MTA, retailers and straphangers. Interested shops can apply for month-to-month leases through the MTA’s website on a rolling basis and browse the listings on

Here’s hoping that stores sign up ASAP—we’re already excited to combine our shopping with our commute, especially during the cold months.

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