From Penn Station to Moynihan Station

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Real Estate Broker with The Corcoran Group

original Penn Station

The original Pennsylvania Station, opened in 1910, was designed by the famed McKim, Mead & White architecture firm. The station's steel and glass concourse pictured below, with its great domed roof, suggests the motion and power of the modern age.

original Penn Station courtesty moynihanstation.org

Although a Beaux-Arts architectural masterpiece built of marble to last forever the railroad sold the air rights above the Penn Station. The building was demolished in 1960 and replaced by an office tower and new Madison Square Garden. The new Penn Station would be undergound below Madison Square Garden.

MSG today courtesty: Moynihanstation.org

 

Daniel Patrick Moynihan, New York's Senator for 24 years, spent over a decade championing a modern Pennsylvania Station for New York City. As a child during the Great Depression, he sold newspapers and shined shoes in the old Penn Station.

Senator Moynihan believed that America is the land of second chances. He saw the idea to build a new Penn Station in the landmark Farley Post Office across Eighth Ave from Penn Station as New York's golden opportunity to redeem itself for tearing down the original Pennsylvania Station. An Awesome building also designed by architechts McKim, Mead & White The Farley Post Office has served as New York City's general post office.

Farley Post office

As a Senator, he secured federal, state and city funds and guided an initial architectural plan to rebuild the station in the adjacent James A. Farley Post Office. Following Moynihan's death in 2003, Senator Charles E. Schumer and Governor George E. Pataki proposed re-naming the facility Moynihan Station to honor the Senator from Hell's Kitchen.

The project has been taking a long time. It's been on and off. It is now being coordinated with other vital transportation projects including the number 7 subway train extension, connection to Grand Central Terminal and commercial and resdential real estatel development of Husdon Rail Yards, Manhattans's last large parcel of undeveloped land. The project developers are Voranado and Related. Much of the land of the Hudson Yards is below grade railroad tracks that are proposed to be “covered over” to accommodate development and parks but ideal for the new transportation hub. The City is confident that this area can be transformed into one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the 21st Century because it accomplished this feat at the beginning of the 20th Century.

Phase 1 has begun mostly involving below ground infrastructure. The Train Hall has not yet been designed, but the recently-released documents describe it as, "A new, iconic, sky-lit train hall (including a grand concourse larger than Grand Central Terminal's main concourse), constructed largely within original Farley's courtyard, covered by a glass roofscape, with direct vertical access to train platforms below." Phase 2 would also include private development within the Farley Post Office, which could be made up of retail and possibly a hotel.

New York's greatness over the centuries can be attributed to the original planners. The gridplan of 1811, laid out the future of development for the entire island of Manhattan. 

 

Learning From The Past: The Struggle to Build Penn Station

 

Links:

 Friends of Moynihan Statiion

New Penn Staion Municipal Arts Society

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rebny-build-the-Far West subway-station

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Mitchell Hall, Associate Broker, The Corcoran Group

 

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Rainmaker
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Scott Fogleman
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When I lived in NYC, there was an article about the original Penn Station, if I remember correctly the statues and much of the building materials are being stored somewhere since it was torn down....

August 22, 2011 07:56 AM
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Michael Setunsky
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Mitchell, I wasn't aware of all the history behind this project. Thanks.

August 22, 2011 09:02 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
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Mitch, love your photos and love the story you told about the place.  I'm sort of sorry that they are changing the name.

August 22, 2011 06:10 PM
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Toni Weidman
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Mitch  - I love the history of Penn station. I used to work in NYC and traveled in from LI every day so this was an interesting read.

August 28, 2011 01:47 PM
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Gen. Patton

Only Amtraks facilities with the "Historic" Farley P.O. is to be dedicated in Sen Moynihan's honor.  There is no legislation re-dedicating the landmark in Sen. Moynihan's honor and i find it inappropriate to suggest that regardless of what is constructed inside the landmark...that the monument's original dedication and symbolism should e overshadowed by Sen. Moynihans ability....or INABILITY to secure funding for this BOONDOGGLE.  Sen. Moynihan is not even a native New Yorker....show some respect for the Farley Building...and its OFFICIAL designation.

 

Ths country could use a man like Farley now....and you want to whitewash his monument with a trainhall to nowwhere....shaaaame!

August 29, 2011 05:34 PM
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