Penn Station, the greasy pizza box of a building has some serious issues
New York City‘s Penn Station is the stuff of nightmares. The greasy pizza box of a building has some serious issues: For starters, it’s devoid of natural light, overstuffed with cranky commuters, lacking any respectable seating options—and good luck finding a decent bacon egg and cheese before that 7 am train!
But earlier today, New York governor Andrew Cuomo revealed an ambitious new plan that would transform the current station and its neighboring post office into a shiny new transportation hub he’s calling the Empire Station Complex. The proposed renovation, which will cost a reported $3 billion, is part of Cuomo’s much bigger vision for creating a statewide transportation network that includes a revamped LaGuardia airport.
The Empire Station Complex plan calls for a total re-imagining of the current station, which was built in 1963 when it replaced the original (and gorgeous) station from 1910. The conceptual renderings show the adjacent post office transformed into a bright and cheery concourse that would hold ticket counters and an amphitheater seating arrangement. Plans for the station itself echo some of the old-world charm of the original Penn with its arching skylights. Still, the entire plan has a distinctly Apple Store sheen to it, with its tall windows and neutral color scheme. […]