The Real Deal New York

By the Numbers: Penn Station

What you need to know about the iconic station before it’s a distant memory

February 23, 2016 09:30AM
By Farah Halime

A rendering of Farley Post Office, which will be redeveloped into a train hall for Amtrak.

A rendering of Farley Post Office, which will be redeveloped into a train hall for Amtrak.

From the February issue: When the first train set off for New Jersey at the newly opened Penn Station back in 1910, a throng of 2,000 people rushed to buy tickets and ogled at the ornate architecture.

Porters in red caps were on hand to direct travelers, the New York Times reported at the time. Fast-forward more than 100 years and the station, which was controversially demolished in the 1960s and rebuilt, is a commuter’s worst nightmare. [more]

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