Sunday, February 12, 2006

NYC Penn Station Replacement, Moynihan Station, Gets Developer, Completion Targeted in 2010

Moynihan Station Gets Developer, February 2006 issue
by Alex Padalka

The Farley Post Office on 8th Ave in Manhattan right across the way from Penn Station on 7th Ave, is to be the new Daniel Patrick Moynihan Station that will expand the capacity of the existing Penn Station. Construction is slated for completion in 2010.

The Empire State Development Corp (agency overseeing the project) selected the development team of Vornado Realty Trust and the Related Companies to collaborate on the ~$818 million project.

The Farley Post Office already sits atop many existing train platforms as well as corridors connecting the railroads and subway lines. The project will increase access to more than 500,000 daily commuters through new or enlarged connecting corridors, new access routes and street entrances, and additional retail and dining options of course.

This is a great project I think, the current Penn Station is just a real hell hole. This is my favorite quote on Penn Station by architectural historian Vincent Scully (comparing the old Penn Station demolised in 1963 to the current one) "One used to enter the city riding high like a god; one now scuttles in like a rat." If you've been to NYC Penn Station, you know what he means.

I'll keep the blog updated on the status of this project where I can, including proposed designs.


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