NEW YORK – Lady Gaga’s father says the homeless population at Grand Central Terminal is hurting the restaurant he operates there.
The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Joe Germanotta is refusing to pay $260,000 in rent and fees for his Art Bird & Whiskey Bar.
He wants the Metropolitan Transit Authority to renegotiate his rent or release him from a lease that expires in 2028. Germanotta and other business owners on the terminal’s lower concourse say they are struggling because of the homelessness problem, rodent infestation, and outdated furniture and facilities. The MTA’s police chief says officers will not eject people abide by terminal rules.