Penn Station

A historical New York transportation hub, Penn Station was a colossal Beaux-Arts marvel – where Madison Square Garden now sits. Full of a variety of shops and restaurants, it is also home to Amtrak and New Jersey Transit trains, as well as a few major subway lines.

About Penn Station NYC: Pennsylvania Station — known as New York Penn Station or just Penn Station — is a major intercity train station and commuter rail hub in New York City. Serving 430,000 passengers a day at a rate of up to a thousand every 90 seconds, it is one of the busiest passenger transportation facilities in the United States and in North America. Penn Station NYC is located in the underground levels of Pennsylvania Plaza, an urban complex between Seventh Avenue and Eighth Avenue and between 31st and 33rd Streets in Midtown Manhattan. It is located underneath Madison Square Garden and lies in proximity to other Manhattan landmarks, including the Empire State Building, Koreatown, and Macy’s at Herald Square. Penn Station NYC is at the center of the Northeast Corridor, an electrified passenger rail line extending southward from the New York metropolitan area to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. and northward to Boston. Intercity trains are operated by Amtrak which owns the entire station, while commuter rail services are operated by the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit. The station has twenty-one tracks fed by six tunnels. Penn Station NYC saw 8.4 million Amtrak passenger arrivals and departures in 2010, about double the traffic at the next busiest station, Union Station in Washington, D.C. Connections are available within the complex to two stations of the New York City Subway, and to many bus services at street level. The two subway stations are at opposite ends of the complex (Eighth Avenue Line & Seventh Avenue Line) and otherwise unconnected. Pennsylvania Station is named for the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR), its builder and original tenant, and shares its name with several stations in other cities. The current facility is the substantially remodeled underground remnant of a much grander structure designed by McKim, Mead, and White and completed in 1910. The original Pennsylvania Station was considered a masterpiece of the Beaux-Arts style and one of the architectural jewels of New York City. Demolition of the original head house and train shed began in 1963. The Pennsylvania Plaza complex, including the fourth and current Madison Square Garden, was completed in 1968.

Location

  • 34th Street between 7th & 8th Avenues, New York, NY 10001