Jews in the News
Not all of America’s most eminent public personae are memorialized in public places. But when Pennsylvania Station is finally brought into the contemporary age, Daniel Patrick Moynihan will be, having been so honored in at least two other locations. Pat was still alive but barely out of office when the first of these buildings, the 27-story Moynihan Courthouse at Foley Square (which was named for “Big Tom” Foley, a Tammany Hall pol), was dedicated in his name. (Senior citizens among The Observer’s readers may recall that this is where the Smith Act prosecution of the Communist Party leadership and the trial of Judith Coplon for Soviet espionage took place.)
Moynihan Station will testify to the senator’s fidelity to both the commonplace functionality of public transportation and the grand aspirations of civic architecture. He rescued not only this railroad hub, but also the national capital’s Union Station. Nothing was too slight for this very big man’s attentions, neither the Smithsonian Institution nor this city’s Botanical Gardens nor Cooperstown, where he believably feigned an interest in baseball.
The long, maddening process of converting the old Farley Post Office on Eighth Avenue into a world-class rail station may yet have a happy ending. Amtrak announced earlier this week that it will move into the proposed new station rather than remain in that hellish pit known as Penn Station.
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Hillary Clinton's first words after Barack Obama officially announced her as his designated secretary of state at a Dec. 1 press conference included a grateful goodbye to New York and the Senate.
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It seems like only a few glandular cases are obsessed with the fact that Barack Obama knows Bill Ayers, the vintage ’60s “revolutionary” and former mad bomber, with everyone else including the New York Post dismissing the charge as a low blow.
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Two of the city’s greatest public-private projects on Manhattan’s West Side have suffered setbacks in recent weeks. First, various government entities have hinting that Moynihan Station—a $900 million project that ballooned into a $14 billion mega-development—will never see the light of day. Then, a deal between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and a real estate developer Read More
An addendum to our article earlier this week on the never-ending Moynihan Station saga: The concept of converting the Farley Post Office into a rail station is widely viewed as belonging to the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, its most persistent advocate from the early 1990s until his death in 2003. But Read More
Sometime around late 1991, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan caught wind of a plan being studied by Amtrak and the U.S. Postal Service to expand Pennsylvania Station into the neighboring Farley Post Office. The two agencies envisioned an expanded rail station with a sense of grandeur, as Penn Station’s train platforms ran under the column-lined post Read More
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The latest: Read More
“I’m a terrible meditator,” Maura Moynihan confessed. “I can’t sit still for more than five minutes. I tried and failed. I wish I were a monk. I’m not. I’m an angry New Yorker.”
Ms. Moynihan, the daughter of the late U.S. senator from New York, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, was deep into lunch last Friday Read More
Gov. Pataki had a few choice words for Shelly Silver this afternoon, opening his statement on the Moynihan rejection with a quote from the real Moynihan: “The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it’s so rare.”
He also, for the first time, brings up the burning question that has Read More