Gov. Cuomo’s Penn Station mistake: The core problem is keeping Madison Square Garden on top of the rail hub

February 2, 2016

BY Frederick Iseman, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Unsafe, grossly inefficient, and asphyxiated by Madison Square Garden, Penn Station was built in the 1960s as a sorry proxy for the grand Roman rail-temple designed by McKim, Mead & White in 1910. The philistines who tore down the old Penn Station believed that cars and planes were the only future of transit.Website Insert Fleet for Sale or Lease copySixty years later, the northeast region’s powerful economy depends heavily on rail travel, which is now channeled through a stygian labyrinth underneath the Arena. Some 650,000 daily passengers on Amtrak, New Jersey Transit, Long Island Rail Road and the subways need wider, safer platforms and unfettered access to the transit maze below. And New York City needs a train station worthy of New York.

Last month, Gov. Cuomo presented what he called “a transformational redesign of New York Penn Station.” He is soliciting bids for a public-private partnership to end this “blight on the greatest city in the world.” Respondents are asked to consider specific design changes, including new entrances and closing 33rd St. between 7th and 8th Aves. to create skylights.

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