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The Once and Future Penn Station
April 17, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Once and Future Penn Station – Penn Station becomes Moynihan 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 deals with daily. Now a new 145,000 ft Moynihan Station is taking root across the street in the Farrell Post office while the question remains: What will happen to Penn Station?
Join playwright, Penn Station tour guide, and historian, Justin Rivers 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. From his role as co-creator and coordinator of the first 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.
Proper Club attire please