Renovations Planned for Penn Station
Governor Cuomo has announced plans to begin construction next month on a new "world class" entrance to Penn Station and a larger LIRR concourse.
The renovations, which will total $600 million, are part of the larger Penn Station plan that includes better access points, improved pedestrian flow, and the new Moynihan Station, currently under construction in the Farley Post Office across Eighth Avenue. The new entrance at Seventh and 33rd will function as the main entry point for the station leading to an open, airy atrium for the LIRR and subway.
But renovations are only renovations – a bandaid solution for the most hated space in the city. Penn Station is the nations busiest train hub and needs to be completely rebuilt, not just renovated with a fancy new entrance. Madison Square Garden must relocate when its lease expires in 2023 so the long term needs of Penn Station can be seriously addressed. The reality of a relocated Garden and new Penn Station after spending $600 million on a new entrance is sadly seeming less and less possible.
Should MSG move so a brand new Penn Station can be rebuilt? Or is the new entrance a step in the right direction? Let us know in the comments.