Just a day after New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, announced that Penn Station was a massive plan in the world to renovate Penn Station, those plans have arrived. New York City’s historic station, which opened in 1910, has received countless train riders over the years. However, the current building was built in 1963 to replace the original. Despite the station’s daily traffic, many have often criticized the building for its lack of beauty and charm. According to Cuomo’s plan, Penn Station and its nearby post office will be totally revamped and transformed into what he is calling the Empire State Complex. The new designs aims to mimic some of Penn Station’s original charm while adding much more like and air space to what Cuomo says is presently ” a miserable experience.”
Cuomo is currently giving developers 90 days to submit proposals for both of the projects, and he hopes to have the renovations completed in three years. But while many people are extremely excited about the new updates, Mary Rowe, The Executive Vice President of the Municipal Arts Society is a bit skeptical. According to Rowe, “[I]n the long term, these improvements won’t be enough to fully address Penn Station’s severe overcrowding or meet the growing needs of its rapidly developing neighborhood and our regional economy.” Hopefully; however, these renovations will be just what the station needs. After all, New York is a city that is known for being trendy and stylish in all areas. Take a look at these photos to see some of the potential designs for the future finished product.