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 in the future of Penn Station?

Penn Station interior historic photoOriginal Concourse, Image via Wikimedia Commons

Join playwright, Penn Station tour guide, and historian, Justin Rivers on Friday, October 23rd, as he outlines the possible answers to that question in a virtual talk for Archtober. Rivers will speak about why we have today’s Penn Station and how a simple refacing of it is only a half measure. From his role as a 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 Penn Station Summit 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.

Penn Station under constructionPenn Station under construction

Archtober is New York City’s month-long celebration of architecture and design. Now in its tenth year, Archtober brings together a wide variety of organizations from all over New York City to hosts talks, tours, and exhibitions every day during the month of October. Untapped New York is proud to be a media sponsor of this year’s festival. We will be hosting virtual and in-person events throughout the month! You can purchase tickets to The Remnants and Future of Penn Station with the button below.


If you are an Untapped New York Insider,  you can join this live event for free! Get two months free with code JOINUS. A video of the talk will also be made available to all our Insiders afterwards in the Video Archive section of our website.

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