5. Pennsylvania Station Was Only 53 years old When Demolished Started

Penn Station Demolition-Photo-Norman McGrath-2One of the original eagles of Penn Station. Find out where they are now. Photograph by Norman McGrath

Pennsylvania Station, although looking much older, was only 53 years old when its demolition commenced in 1963. The glass ceiling had been painted over for safety during World War II and was never undone, lending to the perception of a station in decline. Penn Station’s demolition was precipitated by the bankrupting of the Pennsylvania Railroad, who was forced to sell its air rights.