Tuesday, January 12, 2021

The New Moynihan Train Hall Brings Elegance To New York's Pennsylvania Station

By N Miller

ATTENTION!: This story was supposed launched on the first full week of 2021, but I was having laptop issues that needed to get resolved. Hope you enjoy the first article of 2021.

Inside the new Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall. Credit: Amtrak

 NEW YORK, NY - New Year, New Time. A very special hello to all of the viewers new and old and welcome to the very first post of the Hub Chronicles. On New Years Day 2021, the Daniel Patrick Mohoynian Train Hal, located on Eighth Avenue between West 31st & 33rd Street in Midtown Manhattan opened to the public. The steps of the hall give me vibes of the American Museum Of Natural History or Toronto’s Union Street Station. This is such a nice way to kick off the new year in style.

Moynihan Train Hall, as it is called, named after the late Senator, opened back on January 1st. It is part of a $1.6 billion project that will include elaborate lounges, restaurants and passageways to Penn Station. The new facility serves LIRR, MTA and Amtrak passengers, easing crowding and offering a pleasant ambiance. The 486,000-square-foot development increases the total concourse space at the largely underground Pennsylvania Station, which is New York's main inter-city interchange and the busiest station in the Western Hemisphere, by 50 per cent.

The majestic train hall was created by SOM (also known as Skidmore, Owings, and Merill). They are one of the largest architecture studios in the USA. Some of their best work includes the construction of the National Museum of the United States Army in Virginia, FBI technology building in West Virginia and a courthouse in Los Angeles with pleated glass walls. Built alongside the original station, the post office building stands directly above the railroad tracks. The Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall now provides access to nine platforms that are used by the Long Island Railroad and Amtrak. It is arranged around a light-filled atrium, which was the post office's original sorting room and had been enclosed since the second world war.

In addition to the open concourse, Moynihan Train Hall has a new retro-style waiting area for ticketed passengers as well as an attached bathroom. The upper floor also features the Metropolitan Lounge, which premium travelers can access, much like an exclusive airport lounge. A food hall is also scheduled to open in the fall of 2021, with outlets of New York City mainstays like Magnolia Bakery, H&H Bagels, and Jacob’s Pickles. Three new site-specific art pieces, commissioned by Empire State Development in partnership with the Public Art Fund, are also on display. Elmgreen & Dragset’s “The Hive” features 91 inverted skyscrapers on the ceiling of the 31st Street mid-block entrance; Kehinde Wiley’s “Go,” located at the 33rd Street entrance, is hand-painted with Black New Yorkers breakdancing in the sky and Stan Douglas’ “Penn Station’s Half Century” has nine panels depicting iconic moments at the train station and is located in the ticketed waiting room.

The new Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall is beautiful both inside and out. I am on the process of upgrading my equipment so expect a hot tour down the line. In other news, Rev. Raphael Warnock (D) and Sen. Jon Ossoff (D) defeated Incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in the Geogia Senate Runoff race. The results of the race gives Democrats control of the Senate. So, for all those who are hopeful and wants funding for the MTA to come through, we just might get it with a new administration coming in on January 20th. Once again, this the brand new Hub Chronicles and Happy New Year to all of the readers. I will see all of you at the next stop. 





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