Showing posts with label Farley Post Office. Show all posts
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Sep 12, 2018

Farley Post Office Transformation to Moynihan Train Hall

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The James A. Farley Post Office building, completed in 1913 by McKim, Mead & White was built adjacent to the firm’s Penn Station located across the street. After the demolition of the old Penn Station, the Farley building became one of the first buildings protected under the city’s new Landmarks Law.


Farley Post office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced several milestones for the project., The Farley Post office to the Moynihan Train Hall—namely, the fact that the structure for its enormous skylight has been installed, and the first glass panel for that architectural feature has been placed.


The original Pennsylvania Station, opened in 1910, was designed by the famed McKim, Mead & White architecture firm. The station's steel and glass concourse pictured below, with its great domed roof, suggests the motion and power of the modern age.
original Penn Station courtesty moynihanstation.org
Photo: Courtesy of Library of Congress

Although a Beaux-Arts architectural masterpiece built of marble to last forever the railroad sold the air rights above the Penn Station. The building was demolished in 1960 and replaced by an office tower and new Madison Square Garden. The new Penn Station would be underground below Madison Square Garden.

MSG today courtesty: Moynihanstation.org

Daniel Patrick Moynihan, New York's Senator for 24 years, spent over a decade championing a modern Pennsylvania Station for New York City. As a child during the Great Depression, he sold newspapers and shined shoes in the old Penn Station.


Senator Moynihan believed that America is the land of second chances. He saw the idea to build a new Penn Station in the landmark Farley Post Office across Eighth Ave from Penn Station as New York's golden opportunity to redeem itself for tearing down the original Pennsylvania Station.



When it’s completed in 2020, the Moynihan Train Hall will connect to the current Penn Station, offering new access points, more tracks, and a less claustrophobic waiting area for commuters. 

Apr 27, 2014

Post Office Air Rights to Fund Penn Station Expansion

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The Farley Post Office photo courtesy of ©Mitchell Hall
New York state officials are moving forward with a plan that could generate hundreds of millions of dollars toward funding a long-sought but stalled plan to expand Pennsylvania Station into the 1912 Farley Post office building across Eighth Avenue.

While the expansion has been planned for 20 years there have been numerous setbacks.

Recently NY state agency Empire State Development Corp posted on it's website a request seeking proposals from a broker to market the 1.5 million square feet of air rights above the post office, and then using the profits to fund the Penn Station expansion.

The plan foresees the sale generating hundreds of millions of dollars that would be used to convert the post office in to an Amtrak waiting room, The Wall Street Journal reported. Under the new plan, the state would use revenue from the sales to pay down debt on the property and help pay for transforming "the Old Sorting Hall within the Farley Building into the new, sky-lit train hall comparable in size" to Grand Central Terminal.

The administrations of three governors and two mayors all committed to push ahead with the transformation, and former U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan made it a pet project up until his death in 2003. The project was subsequently named Moynihan Station in his honor.

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Sep 17, 2011

Penn Station - Farley Post Office - Moynihan Station

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original Penn Station
Photo: Courtesy of Library of Congress

The original Pennsylvania Station, opened in 1910, was designed by the famed McKim, Mead & White architecture firm. The station's steel and glass concourse pictured below, with its great domed roof, suggests the motion and power of the modern age.


original Penn Station courtesty moynihanstation.org
Photo: Courtesy of Library of Congress

Although a Beaux-Arts architectural masterpiece built of marble to last forever the railroad sold the air rights above the Penn Station. The building was demolished in 1960 and replaced by an office tower and new Madison Square Garden. The new Penn Station would be undergound below Madison Square Garden.


MSG today courtesty: Moynihanstation.org

Daniel Patrick Moynihan, New York's Senator for 24 years, spent over a decade championing a modern Pennsylvania Station for New York City. As a child during the Great Depression, he sold newspapers and shined shoes in the old Penn Station.
Farley Post office

Senator Moynihan believed that America is the land of second chances. He saw the idea to build a new Penn Station in the landmark Farley Post Office across Eighth Ave from Penn Station as New York's golden opportunity to redeem itself for tearing down the original Pennsylvania Station.

An Awesome building also designed by architechts McKim, Mead & White The Farley Post Office has served as New York City's general post office.
As a Senator, he secured federal, state and city funds and guided an initial architectural plan to rebuild the station in the adjacent James A. Farley Post Office. Following Moynihan's death in 2003, Senator Charles E. Schumer and Governor George E. Pataki proposed re-naming the facility Moynihan Station to honor the Senator from Hell's Kitchen.

The project has been taking a long time. It's been on and off. It is now being coordinated with other vital transportation projects including the number 7 subway train extension, connection to Grand Central Terminal and commercial and resdential real estatel development of Husdon Rail Yards, Manhattans's last large parcel of undeveloped land.

The project developers are Voranado and Related. Much of the land of the Hudson Yards is below grade railroad tracks that are proposed to be “covered over” to accommodate development and parks but ideal for the new transportation hub. The City is confident that this area can be transformed into one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the 21st Century because it accomplished this feat at the beginning of the 20th Century.

Phase 1 has begun mostly involving below ground infrastructure. The Train Hall has not yet been designed, but the recently-released documents describe it as, "A new, iconic, sky-lit train hall (including a grand concourse larger than Grand Central Terminal's main concourse), constructed largely within original Farley's courtyard, covered by a glass roofscape, with direct vertical access to train platforms below." Phase 2 would also include private development within the Farley Post Office, which could be made up of retail and possibly a hotel. 



New York's greatness over the centuries can be attributed to the original planners. The gridplan of 1811, laid out the future of development for the entire island of Manhattan. 



Blog updated 6/18/2013 added video "Now is the Time for a New Penn Station" (Municipal Arts Society)




 
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