Today at noon, we will be hosting our next virtual talk, “The Once and Future Penn Station.” When first built, New York’s Pennsylvania Station was the largest train station in the world. In 1963, the ax of progress fell transforming it into the much-maligned subterranean labyrinth of today incapable of processing the 650,000 commuters it usually deals with on a daily basis. Now a new 145,000 square foot Moynihan Station is taking root across the street in the Farrelly Post office while the question remains: What will happen to Penn Station?
Join playwright, Penn Station tour guide, and historian, Justin Rivers, our Chief Experience Officer, as he outlines the possible answers to that question. He’ll speak about why we have today’s Penn Station and how a simple refacing of it is only a half measure. You’ll also see stills showing a recreated Penn Station offered by the production company of Motherless Brooklyn first to Untapped New York for our October 2019 story, “How the Lost Penn Station Was Recreated for the Movie Motherless Brooklyn.”
Photo from Library of Congress
From his role as playwright for The Eternal Space, the off-Broadway play about the demolition of Penn Station, and the co-creator and coordinator of the first ever Summit for the Future of Penn Station at Cooper Union, Justin will discuss what a reimagined Penn Station could look like and provide a sneak-peek at the Moynihan Station Train Hall already underway.
This live talk is organized for Untapped New York Insiders — get two months free with code STAYHOME (or three months free with a yearly plan). A video of the talk will also be made available to all our Insiders afterwards in the Virtual Content section of our website.