Friday, December 13, 2019

Wallet Card with a newly-revealed look at a bit of the old Penn Station

Penn Station is undergoing some large-scale renovations. Recently, a previously inaccessible corridor, while still inaccessible, has become visible.
This passageway from the Long Island Railroad to the 7th Avenue subways was boarded up in the 1980s. According to Untapped New York, the vaulted ceiling on the far side of the arch contains the last remnants of Guastavino tile from the original Penn Station. The corridor on the left led to the Baggage and Parcel Carousel office.

The entranceway was probably boarded-up to increasing crime in the 1980s, as it was a relatively secluded spot. Here is a photograph from 1982 by Edward Keating of an arrest at this spot.

1 comment:

  1. Great history there. I wonder if they'll make that passageway accessible again. Also... baggage and parcel carousel office??