Statement from MAS on Governor Cuomo’s Penn Station Overhaul

Statement by Mary Rowe, Executive Vice President of the Municipal Art Society of New York

January 6, 2016

“We echo the Governor’s conviction that Penn Station is in need of urgent and ambitious change. As MAS identified in its 2014 report on the future of West Midtown, finishing the Moynihan project and relocating the MSG theater is critical to improving Penn Station by opening up a grand entrance hall, bringing more light and air into the congested station, and creating better circulation for passengers.”

The train departure board at Pennsylvania Station in New York City. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Alan Turkus.
The train departure board at Pennsylvania Station. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Alan Turkus.

“However, in the long term, these improvements won’t be enough to fully address Penn Station’s severe overcrowding or meet the growing needs of its rapidly developing neighborhood and our regional economy. We are optimistic that today’s announcement can be a first step to creating a new Penn Station, at the center of a revitalized West Midtown. The confluence of bold political leadership, rising private sector interest, and growing user demand makes this our moment to act: the economic success of our city, state, region, and nation depends on it.”

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