New York Penn-Station, June 2014.

A Difficult Place.

Once upon a time, long long ago, Pennsylvania Railroad’s New York City terminal was among the world’s greatest railway stations.

Its architecturally enlightened design cleverly blended classical motifs and modern engineering on a colossal scale. Electrified lines brought long distance trains directly into the station. It was beautiful and functional.

Fifty one years ago the wrecking balls put an end to the fairy tale. Although, from what I’m told, in its last years the old Penn-Station was a tired, tatty vestige of its earlier days. Yet, New Yorkers were justly disgusted when the Pennsylvania Railroad ruined its once-glorious gateway to the city.

Madison Square Garden, which as someone famously pointed out, is neither! Pennsylvania Station is below.
Madison Square Garden, which as someone famously pointed out, is neither! Pennsylvania Station is below.
Lumix LX7 photo.
Lumix LX7 photo.

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In its place, PRR built the present uninspired maze of passageways and escalators. I find it more confusing than Heathrow Airport. It looks something like mall, feels a bit like an overgrown bus terminal, and seems to have very little to do with railways until you descend into its bowels to hastily board a train.

In June, I decided I’d try to make some photos of the place. After all, it is Amtrak’s busiest station, thus noteworthy.

Philadelphia you say? I'll give it a shot!
Philadelphia you say? I’ll give it a shot!
Penn-Station was mobbed with railway passengers, all trying to get someplace.
Penn-Station was mobbed with railway passengers, all trying to get someplace.

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Brass railings, a vestige of earlier times. Drop down into the roar and odors that characterize New York Penn-Station and board a train for New Jersey! (That's what I did).
Brass railings, a vestige of earlier times. Drop down into the roar and odors that characterize New York Penn-Station and board a train for New Jersey! (That’s what I did).

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2 thoughts on “New York Penn-Station, June 2014.”

  1. ”in the right hands a camera can work magic” that’s a great quote, never heard that 1 before.

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