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    With the MSG bowl pressing down on the station, there's no way to open it up. So, in that sense, there'll be no new Penn Station.

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    Maybe they could take away their tax exemption?

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    Well, there's no incentive for the city to continue with the exemption, but that's after the fact.

    I was hoping for Bernie Madoff.

    The whole thing is very depressing.

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    August 24, 2009

    A Shout-Out from ‘Mad Men’ to Ada Louise Huxtable

    By Dave Itzkoff

    How thoroughly versed is the “Mad Men” writing team in the history of New York? If you’ve seen Sunday night’s episode, you’ll recall it started with a tense meeting between Pete Campbell and Paul Kinsey and executives from Madison Square Garden, who hope that the city’s denizens will warm to their plans to demolish Penn Station and replace it with a new entertainment arena. (Wonder how that turned out?) Among the negative responses to the plan that the executives discuss is an article from The New York Times written by Ada Louise Huxtable, the future Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic.

    The article cited in this scene, called “How to Kill a City,” really did run in The Times on May 5, 1963, following the City Planning Committee’s decision that January to tear down Penn Station, and yes, Ms. Huxtable’s commentary really was that pointed. (“It is a poor society indeed,” she wrote, “that can’t pay for these amenities; that has no money for anything except expressways to rush people out of our dull and deteriorating cities.”)

    Read Ada Louise Huxtable’s 1963 article “Architecture: How to Kill a City” here (.pdf).

    http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/20...uise-huxtable/

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    I'm cross posting this thread here in case any of our friends have not yet seen it -

    http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=19096

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    Wow, the Huxtable piece was definitely worth reading in its entirety.
    The attitudes she discusses are even worse today.

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    The end of Penn Station

    October 14th 2009


    Pennsylvania Station in NYC jammed with people during the Thanksgiving holiday.


    Pennsylvania Station workmen Thomas Goodfellow
    and Irving Mitchell with J. Benton Jones.


    New York was a town that had never been much obsessed with a sense of permanence and demolition crews were routinely reducing splendid old buildings to rubble when, in early 1962, Mayor Robert Wagner created the Landmarks Preservation Commission to protect “structures and areas of historic of esthetic importance.”

    But by then it was already too late to save Pennsylvania Station, and many blamed Wagner for having been insufficiently attentive to the city’s save-the-station activists as they protested the grand old lady’s imminent demise.

    The Pennsylvania Railroad had for years wanted this costly white elephant off its hands, and now the Pennsy had signed an agreement with the people who were building a new Madison Square Garden and there was no longer anything to be done for Charles McKim’s neoclassic masterwork, which began falling to the wrecking ball in October 1963.

    SHAME, read the signs carried by the silent marchers as demolition began.

    “In the years to come,” mourned commission director James Van Derpool, “we will be consumed with regret for allowing this supreme example of the architecture of the period to be destroyed.”

    He was right.

    Meanwhile, directly as a result of the Penn Station tragedy, the City Council soon undertook to pass legislation giving some measure of official standing to the landmarks board’s recommendations.

    But Penn Station’s proud granite columns already lay in pieces in New Jersey’s Secaucus Meadows, where they had been dumped as landfill.


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    This is a great video on the old station. Best viewed in HD/fullscreen

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOzH02Pko4w

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    Thumbs up 5 Stars

    Grrreeeaat ^

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    Very enjoyable

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    Wish I could have seen the place before they demolished it. When we were there the tour guide people (what do they know) said they were going to make the post office the new Penn Station.

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    In Toronto we have an extraordinary building called Commerce Court built in c1930 and later redeveloped in the 1970's. The main banking hall was also modeled like Penn Station was, after ancient Rome's Baths of Caracalla. While Toronto lost thousands of buildings during the urban renewal phase of the mid 20th century the Bank of Commerce was saved and is nothing short of spectacular, much like Penn Station was.
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    Here are some more pics of the ceiling of the Bank of Commerce in Toronto, like Penn Station it too was modeled after Rome's Baths of Caracalla
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    Gorgeous.

    But please stop .

    You're making me tear up over what we lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    Gorgeous.

    But please stop .

    You're making me tear up over what we lost.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/bryson217#p/u/3/-41Eh7fnjO0

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