After Numerous False Starts, the New Penn Station Begins to Take Shape on Eighth Avenue

Grand Central Terminal is the bar against which the new Moynihan Station will be measured.

By Jonathan Spira on 18 August 2017
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NEW YORK—The much ballyhooed $1.6 billion project of turning Manhattan’s James A. Farley Post Office Building into a reimagined Penn Station is about to begin, after a quarter century of planning, bold announcements, and false starts.

Soon to be known as Moynihan Station, the new train hall will include a skylighted atrium approximately the size of the Main Hall at Grand Central Terminal, a new Metropolitan Lounge for Acela passengers, shops, and a waiting area with high-top tables and charging points.

Next week, what has been for several months a demolition project, conducted concurrently with the creation of the new Long Island Rail Road concourse, will end and construction on the train hall will begin. The Long Island Rail Road concourse was completed this past June as the first phase of the Moynihan Station project.

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A portion of the new Long Island Rail Road concourse at Moynihan Station

Driving forces behind the project include two New York politicians, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

The plan to build the station has been espoused by various politicians who planned to turn the post office building’s grand staircase, the two-block-long Corinthian colonnade, and the building’s vast interior into an awe-inspiring gateway to New York City, but Messrs. Cuomo and Moynihan deserve the credit.

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