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Renderings Revealed Of Pennsylvania Station-Farley Complex Transportation Project

Pennsylvania Station-Farley ComplexPennsylvania Station-Farley Complex. Photo: Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office

Earlier this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a request for proposals (RFP) to upgrade, modernize, and expand Pennsylvania Station, located at Eighth Avenue and West 33rd Street under Madison Square Garden. The project will also incorporate the landmarked James A. Farley Post Office Building into the transportation complex. Now, renderings of the project have been revealed, per The New York Times, along with a timeline.

The Farley Building will be transformed into a 255,000-square-foot train hall, featuring 112,000 square feet of retail space designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The rest of the building will have 558,000 square feet of office space. Related Companies, Vornado Realty, and Skanska will carry out the Farley Building component of the project alongside the Empire State Development Corporation, Amtrak, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The Long Island Rail Road concourse will get a significant overhaul, although a separate request for proposals (RFP) has been launched for this portion. A development team is expected to be chosen before 2017. Connecting subway stations are also getting upgrades. Construction on the Farley Building is expected to begin later this year, with the main Train Hall scheduled to be complete by 2020.

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10 Comments on "Renderings Revealed Of Pennsylvania Station-Farley Complex Transportation Project"

  1. One of the best project on progress, without the person who want to stop development.

  2. Hideously uninspired and un-architectural. That structure supporting the glass roof verges on the grotesque. Why are no columns introduced into this space? This project should not be put in the hands of ‘modernists’ , however recovering they may purport to be.

    • @Frank

      Yeah, columns for the sake of having columns! Sounds like a great idea. Stop being a big baby.

    • The roof trusses are original to the building, having supported the original skylight of the mail sorting facility. SHPO required that they be retained in the new design.

  3. This scheme is completely uninspired and not befitting of our city. We have suffered for decades and to not rise to the occasion and offer New Yorkers and the visitors to our city the kind of public space we deserve would be a disaster. This sophmoric design would be a complete embarrassment.

  4. This is a great project and should move forward Asap. Farley will be a beautiful, open space with unique views of the surrounding towers. The one thing they need to address is additional capacity which hopefully will be fixed with the successor to ARC.

  5. They are limited with what they can do with the MoynihanTrain Hall, Farley Post Office is a landmark, the steel beams have to stay!!!!

  6. I’d much rather they tore down MSG and built a real train station.

    Or at least the January version of this proposal, which also had a bunch of new windows and skylights letting natural light down below MSG.

    But this is something that will actually get built. (A sad indictment of our gov’t, more than anything.)

    The skylight is the nice part. It preserves a great, historic architectural element, will provide tons of natural light, and creates a nice, column-free central space. I like that.

    The rest of the architecture leaves a lot to be desired. It’s about as bland as it gets. But it certainly is an improvement over what’s there now.

  7. LET’S JUST GET THIS DONE ALREADY! IT’S BEEN TALKED ABOUT FOR 25 YEARS. IT’S GETTING TIRING JUST HEARING WAS BEING PURPOSED BUT NEVER HAPPENS. I CAN’T WAIT TO READ WHEN THE CONSTRUCTION FINALLY KICKS-OFF!

  8. So ugly.. SO New York. 20 years behind the times.

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