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While most of the NYC’s public transportation has been suffering from cramped stations and overcrowded spaces, a new expansion of the Penn station is a breath of fresh air. Impeccably designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill architecture firm, the new space was embedded into the building of New York City’s former post office on 8th Avenue. The hall is named for Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the U.S. Senator who had originally championed the plan.

The new Moynihan Train Hall occupies part of the James A. Farley Building, a Beaux-Arts structure designed by McKim, Mead & White alongside the original Penn Station, and opened in 1914 as New York City’s main post office. The other half of the building is currently occupied by Facebook
A well-designed overview of the station located by the entrance and detailing the connection between the new train hall and the existing Penn Station
The navigation systems throughout the station are perfectly typeset in DIN typeface creating a feeling that you’re somewhere in Hamburg or Amsterdam.
One of the permanent art installations at the new station, named “The Hive” by Elmgreen & Dragset, a duo from Berlin features an impressive 3-dimensional ceiling model of a large metropolis, lit softly from the inside
Materials used include stainless steel, aluminum, polycarbonate, LED lights, and lacquer
The main hall looks airy, inviting and starkly minimalistic, with 17 platform entrances spaced out in a grid
The main clock, a loving homage to Art Deco architectural style and the golden age of travel
A close-up of a matte stone tile used for wall surfaces in the main room
A glass enclosure around the escalator leading down to the platform
All rails at the station feature built-in lighting to help navigate in low light
Ticketed waiting areas feature chic walnut-covered interiors
On the outside of the former post office building, little says what awaits inside, with hints seen through the windows

Moynihan Train Hall
421 8th Avenue (View map)
Open to the public daily 5 am to 1 am
moynihantrainhall.nyc

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