Bold Visions for a New Penn Station

Thursday, January 26, 2023, 6:30 - 8:30pm

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Travelers walking into the Seventh Avenue entrance to New York City's Pennsylvania Station, April 2013.

ReThinkPennStationNYC presents a program on new ideas for Penn Station featuring Vishaan Chakrabarti, PAU, Alexandros Washburn, Grand Penn Community Alliance, Richard Cameron, Atelier and Co. and ReThinkNYC, and Lorraine B. Diehl, author of The Late, Great Pennsylvania Station.

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The original Pennsylvania Station and associated Hudson and East River tunnels were critically important to New York becoming “the greatest city on earth.” Fixing the site is critically important to it remaining so. As every New Yorker knows, the current station — trapped in the basement of a hockey rink — is an egregious mess and the current track configuration no longer serves the kind of city we’ve become — less a city than a region.

Join them as they discuss their plans, and present visual renderings with the focus on giving New Yorkers and the traveling public a great, above-ground station. Come. Listen. Ask questions. Believe... in New York, again.

Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required. Masks encouraged.

Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.