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There’s a new train hall in Manhattan, and commuters have been waiting for it for decades. Moynihan Train Hall is an expansion of Pennsylvania Station. It serves Amtrak, with trains leaving for all over the US and Canada, the Long Island Railroad, taking commuters to the eastern suburbs, and several subway lines. The new hall is connected to the city's former main post office building, and it opened on January 1, 2021.

To understand the significance of this new train hall, you need to know what happened to the original “Penn Station”, as it’s commonly called.

The original station, built in 1910, was described as “eight acres of Gilded Age American opulence”. The station’s large waiting room was modeled after the Baths of Caracalla in Rome, with pink granite, honeycomb ceilings, marble columns, and towering windows that let the light pour in. It was said that “to enter New York City via Penn Station was to enter it like a god”.

By the late 1950s rail travel had dropped dramatically. It’s a long story, but eventually plans were made to demolish the station. Architects tried to save it but they weren’t successful. Demolition took place in 1963. Trains continued to arrive at the location, since most of the rail infrastructure (concourses, boarding platforms, etc.) was below street level, but without the beautiful arrival hall the experience was much different. Over the years, commuters have compared Penn Station to an underground rat maze, and that’s a pretty accurate description.

The demolition of the original Penn Station was controversial and caused outrage internationally. The anger over the destruction of such a well-known landmark is often cited as a catalyst for the architectural preservation movement in the United States. This new hall has restored some of the grandeur to arriving at Penn Station, with its impressive skylight ceiling and large, open space, but ultimately a piece of NYC history was lost forever.

By the way, the new hall is named after Daniel Patrick Moynihan. He was a New York State Senator from 1977 to 2001.

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  • Copyright: Brenda Elaine (worldcitizen) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1901 W: 308 N: 4172] (14992)
  • Genre: Luoghi
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2021-06-16
  • Esposizione: f/1.8, 1/235 secondi
  • Versione Foto: Versione Originale, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2021-06-17 15:23
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