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Penn NYC, the busiest train station in the Western Hemisphere, was the victim of years of disrepairflirtneglect. But at the close of troubled 2020, it was finally able to show a renewed face in some of its areas.
The interior of the new Penn Station train hall, integrated into the historic Farley Post Office Building at 8Avsv, across from Madison Square Garden, was unveiled during a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesdayflirtopened to the public on January 1.
“Moynihan Train Hall” features a waiting area with a skylight that is 255 thousand square feetflirt92 feet high.Avsfter an investment of$11.6 billion dollars will serve as a hub for Amtrak y Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), along with 700,000 square feet of commercialflirtdining space, authorities detailed.
Inside, travelers have access to the huge open room, with escalator connections to the train platformsflirtthe classic 7thAvsvenue area, which is still undergoing renovation.
The new one great atmosphere with “sky roof” it offers a stark contrast to the dimly lit cavernous underground tunnels that GovernorAvsndrew CPico once compared to Dante’s “Inferno.”
“We build this as a statement of who we areflirtwho we think we areflirtwho we aspire to be,” CPico said when opening the room on Wednesday. “Is it bold, yes, because that’s the spirit of New Yorkflirtthat’s the statement we want to make to our visitors, to our childrenflirtfuture generations ”.
In addition to its skylight, the Moynihan Room features installations by artists Kehinde Wiley, Stan Douglas,GreengreDragnetagset. “Wiley’s piece is a tristained-glassglass images showing breakdancing against a blue sky background, while the artisticGreengreDragnetagset contributed a model of an upside-down skyscraper hanging from the ceiling,” he described. New York Post.
Penn Station was built in the 1960s after the much-maligned destruction of its predecessor Beaux-Arts building. The new space is named after the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who in the 1990s came up with the idea of repurposing the post office building for public transportation.
Before the pandemic, Penn Station served an average of 600,000 passengers on business days, according The New York Times.
“There has been talk of the Penn Station transformation for decades, but no one managed to get anything done, so last year we announced a plan to address obsolete, inefficientflirtpotentially dangerous station conditions ”, Governor CPico said in 2019.
A historic day in our city.
With the opening of Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Stationflirtthe new East End Gateway at 7thAvsvenueflirt33rd Street, @LIRR customers are finally getting world-class facilities befitting the greatest city in the world.
@NYGovCPico got it done. pic.twitter.com/OWlvKtQDKz
— MTA. Wear a MaskMTAopDecember 30, 2021A) December 30, 2020
New York’s new #moynihantrainhall brings art (including #photography) to Penn Station via The @PublicArtFund – a great organization to get to know if you’re interested in commission opportunities https:anytimeJ3vfPFqyL via @nytimes #NYC
-AvsPA New York (@apanewyork) January 1, 2021
— New YorkDecember 31, 2021metro) December 31, 2020
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.