A Serious Proposal To Rebuild The Original Penn Station
The National Civic Art Society has developed a plan to entirely rebuild the original Penn Station.
The biggest and most obvious hurdle to accomplishing the Society’s plan would be demolishing the many buildings that currently stand on the site including Madison Square Garden and a 34 story office building. Then the next question arises: who would fund such an enterprise?
As crazy as all this sounds, the actual rebuilding plan sounds feasible. You would just need all the corrupt politicians and greedy real estate entities to cooperate. That will almost certainly not occur.
But that doesn’t stop one from hoping. The organizers have an executable plan and want to drum up support among the public. Here is the opening statement from their website rebuildpennstation.org
New York City’s original Penn Station was one of the finest buildings ever constructed. With its vast main hall and soaring concourse, it provided a triumphant gateway into the city. Its demolition in 1963 was one of the greatest architectural and civic crimes in American history.
That wrong is all the worse given the current station, which is cramped, dismal, and hard to navigate. As the historian Vincent Scully said about the original station, “One entered the city like a god; one scuttles in now like a rat.”
We aim to reconstruct the original station to return it to its former glory. Click here to join our cause.
The video the Society produced explains more.
As the rebuild Penn Station group pointed out, New York’s greatest architectural loss occurred 54 years ago.
On October 28, 1963 the demolition of Penn Station began and three years later the majestic station was gone, its marble and debris trucked out in pieces to the New Jersey Meadowlands and used as landfill.
Trains still go in and out of Penn Station. But the Penn Station that replaced the original has nothing in common with the original but the name.
Directly across from the original Penn Station between 31st to 33rd Streets and Continue reading