“This is a work of art”: Cuomo cuts the tape on Moynihan’s light-filled train hall

Under a soaring skylight and a massive Art Deco clock, Governor Andrew Cuomo officially unveiled the new Moynihan Train Hall at Pennsylvania Station on Wednesday with a ceremonial – socially distant – ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“This is a work of art that we no longer build. It’s amazing and ambitious to ask,“ Can we really do that? ”Many skeptics said it was too bold and daring, but we said we could,” Cuomo said at the ceremony. “This is great public work. A different kind of data that says we understand and appreciate the importance of public works.”

The train operations are expected to begin at the Moynihan Train Hall on January 1. The $ 1.6 billion project turns the century-old James A. Farley Post Office Building into a transit center, increasing the size of the Penn Station by 50%.


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A new train terminal inside the Moynihan train hall.

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Construction started in 2017 In the 255,000-square-foot train hall, named after New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who has championed the project for years. It was an expansion plan I’ve talked about it for decades He was mocked as a prof “Taxpayer-funded mall” She did little to address the train service. at JanuaryComo Unveiled a scheme for Adding eight new routes and increasing the capacity of the bin station by 40% by obtaining a complete block south of the downtown transit center for a new station.

Acres of glass were used for the colossal window in the New Hall, which was designed to evoke the fine arts grandeur of an old Pennsylvania station, according to Skidmore architect, Owings & Merrill.

The hall also benefits from its origins in the Farley Post Office, which was designed by McKim, Mead, and White after they designed the original Pennsylvania station in 1910. The striking steel struts that make up the four lockers are original, as the Postal Police used to patrol to inspect the sorting floor below. Artworks by Kehinde Wiley and Elmgreen & Dragset appear throughout the hall.

Hostile architecture is also apparent, with blue antechamber seats designed to deter sleepers.

The new train hall is located across from Penn Station between Eighth and Ninth Avenue and West Streets 31 and 33 and connects to the Long Island Railroad and Amtrak platforms and tracks, as well as a subway. There will be Starbucks:

Check back again later for more photos and full coverage of Tuesday’s opening.

With Annie Todd and Jake Dobkin

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