It’s one thing to see a lost building rise again in front of your eyes. It’s another to feel emotion for a building many have only seen in photographs. The new off-Broadway play The Eternal Space, which premiered this past weekend at The Lion Theatre on 42nd Street, does both. A long labor of love by Justin Rivers, who wrote and produced the show, The Eternal Space, is a story of two unlikely souls who meet as the demolition of the original Pennsylvania Station begins in October 1963.
Today, October 28, 2015 marks the 52nd anniversary of the sound of jackhammers demolishing New York City’s original Pennsylvania Station. The upcoming off-Broadway play The Eternal Space examines an unlikely friendship forged during the demolition, and we’ve asked its playwright Justin Rivers (also the tour guide for our popular Remnants of Penn Station tour) to share the top 10 secrets of the original Penn Station, including some never-before-published photographs from the show.
We have a few special surprises in store for our special demolition anniversary tour of the Remnants of Penn Station. In the year that we have hosted this popular tour, we keep uncovering more and more remnants, and you’ll find out the reason for that if you join us this Sunday at 2pm. One of the latest finds is an old track gate, from which bells used to be hung. This remnant of the original Pennsylvania Station has never been reported in previous coverage and we will be showing guests an example still extant this weekend, along with the many other remnants already on the tour. In addition, guests for the Sunday tour will receive a limited edition reproduction of the first ticket for the Long Island Railroad coming into Penn Station.
Also, until midnight 10/22 get a 10% discount on the tour using the coupon code EAGLES. Ticket options include tour only ($30 before discount) or tour + 20% discounted ticket to the play The Eternal Space opening next month ($75 before discount).
The Untapped Cities tour of the remnants of Penn Station is led by Justin Rivers playwright of The Eternal Space and Tamara Agins, licensed tour guide, project manager at NYC Department of City Planning. Weaving in never before published photographs from the play, the tour will also cover the past, present and future plans for the transportation hub, accompanying a hunt for the remaining pieces of the grand McKim, Mead & White station.
Next, read about where the 22 original eagles of Penn Station are today.
Penn Station Demolition. Photo via NY Transit Museum
Our popular monthly tour of the Remnants of Penn Station has some special additions this month, as the anniversary of the demolition of Penn Station approaches. Our October 25th tour will feature some special bonuses for guests – including a showing of newly discovered, never before published photographs of Penn Station courtesy of the New York Transit Museum and a reproduction ticket for each guest of the first train that arrived into the Station.
When people think of the New York City underground, they usually think of the vast subway system, or maybe the sewers, and water tunnels buried deep in the bedrock. Far lesser known are the obscure tunnels – often running from building to building, or through lesser documented parts of the city. Here’s a very unique look at 7 such locations that will make you question where else there might be hidden in subterranean passageways.
Tickets have gone on sale for The Eternal Space, the long-anticipated Off-Broadway play about an untold story during the demolition of the original Pennsylvania Station. We’ve been partnering with The Eternal Space for the last year on our exclusive tour of the Remnants of Penn Station, and we’re excited to announce that our October 25th and December 6th tours will include the option to combine tour and ticket to The Eternal Space, at a 20% discount for the play. Guests will be able to select a date of their choice to see the play during its run at The Lion Theatre on Theatre Row between November 14th and December 6th).
About the Remnants of Penn Station tour:
The Untapped Cities tour of the remnants of Penn Station is led by Justin Rivers playwright of The Eternal Space and Tamara Agins, licensed tour guide, project manager at NYC Department of City Planning. Weaving in never before published photographs from the play, the tour will also cover the past, present and future plans for the transportation hub, accompanying a hunt for the remaining pieces of the grand McKim, Mead & White station and a stop at the future Moynihan Station, now the James A. Farley Post Office.
The December 6th tour will mark the final show of The Eternal Space in New York City. For those purchasing combination tour + play tickets, once an order is received, The Eternal Space will reach out to directly to issue guests tickets for the play on a date of their choice: