We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Mrs. Bulldog and I went into the city to meet our boys for brunch and decided to visit the "new" Penn Station which is formerly the US Post Office (across the street from the "old" Penn Station and Madison Square Garden). It is designed to handle what were very crowded spaces in Penn (ugh...some nights were unbelievable, especially when trains broke down) and provide a bit of a 'link' to the past as the old Post Office's architecture and interior were somewhat similar to the original Penn Station, which was destroyed (tragically) years ago.
I have included 2 pictures. I am not impressed. The open interior, with glass ceiling that lets a ton of light in, is excellent. What was formerly an interior parking area is now the main part of the terminal. Beyond that, as Mrs. Bulldog said, "The great train halls of Europe need not worry of competition."
It is antiseptic, utilitarian and lacks a soul. Clean (though new), bright, cheery - these are all positives, but in terms of originality and whimsy, there is none. I found nothing interesting or inspiring. Where Grand Central has all kinds of angles and views to catch your eye and keep you interested, Moynihan Train Hall has none. It's boring and uninspired.
But maybe it's not supposed to be inspiring. Millions will pass through there on the average week, mostly commuters to Long Island and New Jersey. Who needs to be distracted?
Well, it was just a parking lot before. "Better" is a relative term in that respect.
As far as the 'old' Penn Station under MSG, that's still around. This is 'better' than that, but not by much considering what they had to work with (a lot...it was a parking lot).
It's fine. It's functional. People can get their trains.
But it's no comparison to Grand Central or even the original Penn Station.
My son recently slept in Penn, before he moved into the city. On the stairs by NJ Transit. Apparently he missed the last train to NJ (around 1:30am) and none of his friends were awake and answering texts. He caught the first train at 5:30am and came home.
Still not as bad as me passing out on the side of a canal in Copenhagen back in 1983 after a crazy night at a concert in Loppen, the old hangar in Christiania. Though I was probably safer.
TRAIN HALL = that's about the level of millennial Common Core" "education" alright!
All you parents out there, who loved your precious little Muffys and Laurens as your kids' elementary school teachers, failing to recognize they were poorly educated, indoctrinated, socialist, union thugs; who wanted "smaller class size" only because it made their job easier! (No well-designed study shows benefits of smaller class size)
And which teachers could give a damn about the kids, but would go on strike like longshoremen, for bigger salaries and better benefits.
Interesting and inspiring, cost money. Ever wonder why Soviet architecture was so... well, you know.
Your mayor and his associate commissars seem to be in a big hurry to get you there.
Might not be brave, or exactly new, but it's now your world.
Back in the 1980s, when huge swaths of the city were gutted and crumbling, whores consorted openly in Times Square, the police were throughly and openly corrupt, one risked life and limb walking around. One of the only people who could get anything done in the City was a brash young man, often in the news and on the social pages -Donald J. Trump.
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It's nicer than Chicago's Union Station, which is a rusty, oily, smoky, and dirty dump.