How the demolition of the original Penn Station may have saved most of old New York

The old, majestic New York Penn Station was demolished in 1964 after only 40 years connecting New York to New Jersey. The owners of the station (which took 9 years to build) sold the air rights in order to make the most money out of the 8 acres that Penn Station occupied.  There was public outcry from those who wanted to save the Beaux Arts beauty, but it was too late; in order to build Madison Square Garden, the building had to be knocked down and the station had to be rebuilt underground.  The demolition raised awareness about the need for landmark preservation and lead to the creation of the Landmarks Preservation Committee.  Thanks to the LPC, there are now more than 31K landmarked properties in NYC.  Listen to the podcast called “Penn Station Sucks” on 99% Invisible for an in-depth report about the demolition of the original NY Penn Station.

Photo Credit: US Library of Congress

Photo Credit: US Library of Congress

Photo Credit: Wkimedia

Photo Credit: Wkimedia

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