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Long-awaited Moynihan Train Hall opens within historic post office building

Long-awaited Moynihan Train Hall opens within historic post office building”

"It is a testament and a monument to the public", said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in announcing the opening of Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall in Manhattan.

The train hall, which officially opens January 1st, will serve passengers on Amtrak and the Long Island Rail Road and is created to provide more space for the notoriously congested transit hub, which served some 650,000 people daily before the pandemic.

The new hall is named for Sen.

After almost three years of construction, the new Moynihan Train Hall, in the James A Farley Post Office building across Eighth Avenue from Penn Station, opened to the public on Jan 1 as a waiting room for Amtrak and Long Island Rail Road passengers. Check out photographs from today's ribbon-cutting ceremony for a first look inside the new train hall, and watch footage from inside the new station in the video below!

In an email, Schumer called Moynihan "a relentless advocate" for the project and called the new hall "a grand, skylit, modern transit portal for LIRR and Amtrak riders that will leave the Penn Station of the past in the dust".

The facility is slated to open New Year's Day.

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Many of Moynihan Train Hall's features draw inspiration from the original Penn Station that was designed in 1910 by McKim, Mead & White and later demolished in 1965, leaving only the underground concourses and platforms.

The train hall is one of several major infrastructure projects that Mr Cuomo has spearheaded as he seeks to make such initiatives a hallmark of his tenure.

"It won't be a trauma and nightmare to go in and out of New York City", Moynihan's daughter, Maura, said. We are the best.

The new train hall will offer travelers a skylighted atrium approximately the size of the Main Hall of Grand Central Terminal, a new Metropolitan Lounge for Acela passengers, new shops, and a waiting area with high-top tables and charging points.

The Farley building, Moynihan argued, offered an obvious solution to Penn Station's overcrowding: commuter train tracks ran beneath the large post office, which was no longer a busy mail hub but still had a grandeur that echoed the original Penn Station's. The station also features comfortable ticketing and waiting areas with new food and retail options, state-of-the-art way-finding systems, and free public Wi-Fi. Tucked into three corners of the hall are installations by Kehinde Wiley and other celebrated artists.

The Wiley piece is a trio of stained-glass images showing breakdancing on a blue sky backdrop, while art duo Elmgreen & Dragset contributed a model of an upside-down skyscraper that hangs from the ceiling. In addition, a suspended 6-foot by 12-foot clock designed by Pennoyer Architects evokes nostalgia for the golden age of rail travel.



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