Under the high arched skylights and huge Art Deco clock, Governor Andrew Cuomo officially unveiled the new Moynihan Train Hall at Pennsylvania Station on Wednesday, where the ribbon-cutting ceremony was ceremonial and socially distancing.
“This is a work of art that we no longer make. Question: “Can we really do this?” “Many skeptics say this is too bold and bold, but we say yes.” “This is a great public work. Another way of saying that is that we understand and appreciate the importance of public works.”
Train operations in the Moynihan Train Hall are expected to start on January 1. This $1.6 billion project will transform the century-old James A. Farley Post Office building into a public transportation hub, increasing the size of Penn Station by 50%.
The building began construction in 2017 and covers an area of 255,000 square feet. It is named after New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (Daniel Patrick Moynihan). The expansion plan has been discussed for decades, and it has been ridiculed as a “taxpayer-funded shopping center”, which has little effect on solving train services. In January, Cuomo announced a blueprint for the purchase of the entire block south of the Midtown transportation hub as a new terminal, adding 8 new tracks and increasing the capacity of Penn Station by 40%.
According to the architect Owings & Merrill’s Skidmore, an acre of glass was used for the huge skylights in the new lobby, the purpose of which was to evoke the fine arts style of the old Pennsylvania Station.
The lobby also takes advantage of its origin from the Farley Post Office, which was designed by McKim, Mead and White after the original Pennsylvania Station in 1910. The eye-catching steel trusses that make up the four vaults are primitive, where the postal police used them to patrol and inspect the sorting field below. Art installations by Kehinde Wiley and Elmgreen & Dragset appeared throughout the hall.
Hostile buildings also appeared, and the blue benches in the waiting room were designed to stop people sleeping.
The new train hall is located across from Pennsylvania Avenue, between 8th and 9th Streets and between West 31st and 33rd Streets, and is connected to the Long Island Railroad, Amtrak platforms and rails, and the subway. There will be a Starbucks:
This @Starbucks, in the new Moynihan train hall, there are at least 10 workers, but the store has not actually opened today and can’t buy anything. Soon after the governor’s event ends, the workers responsible for displaying Starbucks will leave. pic.twitter.com/VqPOY5dxht
-Matthew Chayes (chayesmatthew) December 30, 2020
Please check back later for more photos and full coverage of the opening on Tuesday.
With Annie Todd and Jake Dobkin