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Preservationists Want to Save Penn Station. Yes, That Penn Station.

A bid to place New York City’s most reviled structure on the National Register of Historic Places could delay long-planned station improvements.  

Who could imagine New York without the grandeur that is Penn Station? 

Who could imagine New York without the grandeur that is Penn Station? 

Photographer: Amir Hamja/Bloomberg

In November, as one of her first major acts since taking office, New York Governor Kathy Hochul pared back development plans for New York City’s Pennsylvania Station set in place by her predecessor, disgraced former governor Andrew Cuomo.

The Cuomo plan would have greatly expanded Penn Station and upscaled the neighborhood; Hochul’s vision narrows the scope of work, but it still stands to dramatically transform the subterranean transportation hub, which has been the focus of various unrealized redesign dreams for decades. On Dec. 8, critics and supporters sounded off on the Penn Station scheme in a public hearing. More than 200 people registered to weigh in on how the 10 new skyscrapers coming to the area (shrunk down a bit under Hochul) would affect the scale and character of the community, and the historic buildings that would need to be razed to make way for new development.