Penn Station Replacement Moynihan Train Hall Opens its Doors with Little Fanfare

By Kurt Stolz on 1 January 2021
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Moynihan Train Hall

New York City’s brand new train station, Moynihan Train Hall, opened its doors to the public on Friday, albeit with little fanfare amidst the raging coronavirus pandemic.

The century-old James A. Farley Building, which opened as the General Post Office Building in 1918, underwent a $1.6-billion renovation to convert it into a transit hub that increased Penn Station’s footprint by 50% and replaced the underground train station with an above-ground

“It is a testament and a monument to the public,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in announcing the opening of Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall in Manhattan.

Construction of the terminal, which had been under consideration since the 1990s, began in 2017 and was completed on time and within budget.

Penn Station is New York City’s main intercity railroad station and the busiest in the Western Hemisphere. It serves over 600,000 passengers per weekday.

The Farley building was designed by the same architecture firm, McKim, Mead, and White, as the original, iconic Pennsylvania Station. Its monumental façade on Eighth Avenue was meant to match the colonnade of the firm’s 1910 Pennsylvania Station building that, at the time, faced it across the avenue.

Construction to turn the Farley 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 began in 2017, thanks to the efforts of the governor as well as the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

The new train hall will offer travelers a skylighted atrium approximately the size of the Main Hall of Grand Central Terminal, a new Metropolitan Lounge for Acela passengers, new shops, and a waiting area with high-top tables and charging points.

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