Hochul Announces Major Step Toward NY Penn Station Revamp; Plan Faces Opposition

(NBC NEW YORK) y Andrew Siff, June 9, 2022

It is full steam ahead for the multi-billion plan to revamp New York Penn Station. 

On Thursday, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy gave the green light to the first phase of the transit hub’s makeover, which includes building new tracks to ease the current overload. 

The commuters who use Penn Station have been asking for improvements for decades. Hochul announced on Thursday that her plan for the revamp includes a lot of natural light. While the overall plan seems to be moving forward, a lot of neighbors in the community say they are not sure they are getting a fair deal. 

The dark labyrinth inside Penn Station is famous for commuter complaints, including those from Dorothea Simmons, who calls the transit hub “chaotic and dirty.”

Meanwhile, the sunlight inside the new Moynihan Train Hall across the street is a glimpse of the future. 

That same glass-ceilinged look a key part of the new Penn Station plan, with Hochul describing the plan with a unique word choice. 

“A skylight that reminds you ‘yes, the heavens are out there still — despite the feeling you may be living in hell,” she said. 

Source: NBC New York