Day 96

Penn Station

April 4th, 2012

These stairs lead to the busiest passenger transportation facility in the United States. Today's subterranean warren is a far cry from the glorious edifice that once stood on this site (although the current incarnation does have its fans). The demolition of the original station in 1963, to make way for Madison Square Garden, was called a "monumental act of vandalism against one of the largest and finest landmarks of its age" by the NY Times, and it was a galvanizing moment for the architectural preservation movement in the US. There have since been many proposals to restore some measure of dignity and grandeur to Penn Station, including one plan currently in the works: an expansion into the Farley Post Office Building across the street.

One Comment

  1. Gigi says:

    At least two of the eagles are still there, perched near both ends of the block where these stairs are ..

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