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Staten Islanders might finally have an easier commute into Manhattan if plans for an aerial gondola move forward. Photo via Leitner-Poma of America

In January, The Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) launched a conceptual design competition which asked participants to develop an aerial tramway to connect the borough to the surrounding areas of New York Harbor. The winning proposal, created by a Colorado-based cable systems developer, Leitner-Poma of America’s (LPOA), features a line that runs parallel to the Bayonne Bridge, over the Kill van Kull strait from Elm Park to the Eighth Street station of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) line in New Jersey, whereupon passengers would take the train to Manhattan.

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On Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his most recent plans to transform Penn Station from an outdated transportation hub into an efficient, modern destination. Although proposals for the redesign process have been tossed around for over 20 years – stalled in part by funding issues and disputes between parties – Cuomo is confident that the station will finally receive its long-awaited facelift. According to the governor, the necessary funding and approvals have already been secured.
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New York City has a plethora of prominent locations, landmarks and buildings that are widely known by people around the world through film and television – even more so after the ramping up of the Made in NY program that offered incentives to encourage production right in the city.

While we often focus on locating more of the obscure film locations in current television and movies, we’re going back in time today to showcase some of the most iconic New York City spots that have appeared on the big screen:

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This image of Ebbet’s Field is viewable in Brooklyn on the Membit app. Membit is a new augmented reality app that gives you a way to share the past with the present and a way to share the present with the future. It’s so new it isn’t even in the App Store yet, it’s in beta. If you would like to try it out before everyone else, click here

On September 30, 1947 New York City played host to the first televised World Series between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The Series was only transmitted to New York City, Philadelphia, Schenectady and Washington, DC because early television stations where coaxially inter-connected, greatly limiting their range. President Truman watched parts of the series from the Oval Office just shortly after making his own first television appearance on October 5.

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moynihan-train-hall-penn-station-governor-cuomo-renderings-som-nyc-2-copyRendering by SOM for the new James A. Farley Station, An Extension of Penn Station

To much fanfare earlier this week, Governor Cuomo announced the latest iteration of his plans to overhaul Penn Station by 2021 – and that funding and approvals are already in place. Since the announcement of intentions to rebuild Penn Station in the early 2000s, there has been little opportunity for public dialogue on the pending future of the station.

On Wednesday, November 2nd, Untapped Cities and the Museum of the City of New York will present A Public Summit for the The Future of Penn Station at Cooper Union from 7pm to 9:30pm in The Great Hall. The panel discussion and public forum will go beyond the conceptual renderings and plans for a new Penn Station. Some of New York City’s leading urban visionaries, architects and planners will discuss how to move forward from the current challenging circumstances of Penn Station and then open the event up to an audience Q&A.

The speakers and panelists will be Susan Chin, President of the Design Trust for Public Space; Robert Eisenstat, Chief Engineer at the Port Authority of NY & NJ; Gina Pollara, President of the Municipal Arts Society; John Schettino, Designer of The New York Penn Station Atlas; Tom Wright, President of Regional Plan Association.

Introductory remarks will be given by Michelle Young, Founder of Untapped Cities and Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and Whitney W. Donhauser, Ronay Menschel Director and President, Museum of the City of New York.

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The speakers will look at Penn in the context of the changing West Side, offer lessons learned from rebuilding World Trade Center infrastructure, and share perspectives on making Penn Station easier to use today. Looking to the transit hub’s future, panelists will address the question: What are the standards of success by which a rebuilt Penn Station should be measured? This conversation will seek to move beyond criticizing the current station and focus on identifying elements of a successful long-term vision.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for members of the Museum of the City of New York, New York Transit Museum, the Design Trust for Public Space, the Regional Plan Association. Please contact justin@untappedcities.com for press RSVP. Proceeds beyond costs will be donated to Cooper Union.

Next, check out our popular tour of the Remnants of Penn Station and join us in October!