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240 Pennsylvania Station - Stanford White (Stony Creek Granite)
 

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The New York Penn Station is a major transit center In midtown Manhattan. It served as great transportation for commuters from Long Island, New Jersey, and a common subway riding system within New York city. Built in 1910 by Mckim, Meed, and White, the Penn station was a great architectural building.  The Penn station combined frank glass-and-steel train sheds and a magnificently-proportioned concourse, along with some stony creek granite foundation.  The station was one of the largest indoor spaces in New York City and one of the largest public spaces in the world. When the Pennsylvania station was demolished in 1964, it came as a shock to the public and seemed to be a step toward other means of transportation.  It had been one of the nicest landmarks of its time and now the current Penn station cannot even compare to what had been. However, the brilliant architects McKim, Mead, and White did in fact also design the grand General Post Office right across the street which will one day become the new Moynihan Station.

Standford White, Evelyn Nesbit’s secret lover was a part of the architect team who designed the Penn Station. He was eventually was murdered by Evelyn’s husband.

In the book Ragtime, the family including Mother, Father, little boy, a maid, and the brown baby decided they needed to take  the baby out of their home town they found themselves using the train at Penn Station in order to travel. The news media was too much for the family to handle so they decided to pack up and stay in a hotel in Atlantic City for the time being. Her they would be at peace and Sarah’s baby (the brown baby) would be left undisturbed.

 

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Old Penn Station New York City with aerial & skyline views of Manhattan & Empire State Building etc.

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