The Once and Future Penn Station
Wednesday, April 17
Visual presentation and discussion
When first built, New York's Pennsylvania Station was the largest train station in the world. In 1963 the axe of progress fell, transforming it into the much-maligned subterranean labyrinth of today. Now, a new 145,000 sq.ft Moynihan Station is taking root across the street while the question remains: What will happen to Penn Station?
Join playwright, Penn Station tour guide, and historian Justin Rivers as he outlines the possible answers to that question. From his role as co-creator and coordinator of the first Penn Station Summit at Cooper Union, Justin will discuss what a reimagined Penn Station could look like and provide a sneak-peek at the Moynihan Station Train Hall already underway.
Rivers is a writer and interpretive historian whose work focuses on inspiring empowerment through storytelling—in non-traditional settings. As a playwright and tour guide, his work is designed to help New Yorkers contextualize and rediscover their city. Currently Rivers serves as Chief Experience Officer at Untapped Cities.