The laments over the demise of the original Penn Station are so well worn by now that they have almost collapsed in on themselves like the original building. It was only last week that we were fretting over the failed protests of 40 years ago to save the damn thing. Was it really Read More
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By now it is received wisdom that the city’s preservation movement got its start the day Penn Station was torn down, and it has been galvanized ever since “to put a stop to the wanton destruction of our greatest buildings” by “would-be vandals” of the real estate trade, as a protest ad published 50 years ago tomorrow once loudly declared in The Times.
Both sides are still at it, but The Times’ Building Blocks columnist David Dunlap provides a tantalizing window on how it all began, including a glimpse at the above ad an a protest that followed on Seventh Avenue, a doomed fight that shocked generations into action.
Back in May, Amtrak invited bigs from both sides of the Hudson, Albany and D.C. to come celebrate the start of phase one construction on Moynihan Station—even Rosario Dawson, train aficionado, was there. Yet more striking than the silver screen star were the new renderings for Moynihan Station that Amtrak showed off.
Not just the banal concourses of Phase 1 that have bandied about before—nothing new there—but honest to god interiors of the grand train hall meant to restore Penn Station to its former glory inside the old Farley Post office. In a bid for both historical preservation and cost savings, the roof of the post office will no longer be ripped off and replaced with a new glass ceiling, but instead the existing one, with its massive steel trusses will be preserved.
The sad saga of the old Pennsylvania Station is nearly a half-century old, but its legacy continues—and rightly so. Every New Yorker should know this tale of woe, how an extraordinary piece of architecture was destroyed in the early 1960s to make way for an undistinguished office tower and sports arena.
The city’s landmarks preservation movement came about because of what happened to the old Penn Station. In the decades since, beautiful buildings have been spared the ravages of “progress” and entire blocks have been preserved thanks to the landmarking process.
The Bloomberg Administration has expanded on these preservation efforts by increasing the number of historic districts citywide from 64 to 107. Now, as the administration nears its end times, it wants to add or expand eight districts, which would affect more than 3,000 buildings.
Preservation of historic buildings clearly is important.
Penson, a financial services company, has expanded and renewed its lease at 1 Penn Plaza, the company’s brokers have told The Commercial Observer.
Despite his lack of formal design training, Michael Kimmelman has excited many readers, both architecturally adept and not, with his focus on urban issues. The Observer has begun to hear some grumbles, however, that that is all he cares about—bike lanes here, old housing projects over there, riverfronts a world away. What does he think of the Atlantic Yards apartment buildings or the World Trade Center Memorial. Won’t he weigh in on some capital-a Architecture already?
Well, today, as always seems to happen, he has done us one better.
All that agita for nothing.
After fighting the bullish Steve Rothto save the Empire State Building’s spot on the skyline, Tony Malkin has won a reprieve—thanks to the miserable economy.
It is one of the most mythic and elusive redevelopment projects in the city, the plan to restore at least some of Penn Station’s former glory with a new station inside the old Farley Post Office. But this train could be delayed for good.
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253 West 35th Street
Could it indeed be true that the grungy Penn Station office market is getting a second chance? At minimum, a tenant named, yes, Better Chance has leased 9,600 square feet for 10 years at 253 West 35th Street.
The national organization dedicated to helping academically talented youth minorities will move from Read More
Turns out what’s bad for New Jersey is good for Long Island.
When Governor Chris Christie killed the ARC Tunnel, the nation’s largest single infrastructure project ever undertaken, he doomed thousands of Garden State residents to longer commutes for the forseeable future. But because the nixing of the project also means the abandonment of Read More