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MAS Video: The Struggle to Build Penn Station


On April 23, historian Jill Jonnes delivered a fascinating presentation on the construction of Penn Station and its tunnels, the subject of her recent book: Conquering Gotham: A Gilded Age Epic. The event was part of the MAS’s spring program series: Can New York Build Another Great Station?

With the aid of some amazing photographs rescued from the depths of the Pennsylvania Railroad archives, Jonnes recounted the “titanic battle with nature” that culminated in the construction of the original Penn Station.

Now you can watch a brief video of the highlights:

Learning From The Past: The Struggle to Build Penn Station from MAS on Vimeo

Join us on Wednesday, May 28 for our next event: "The Heart of the City: Grand Central Terminal & the Urban Railroad Station."

And check out our walking tour on May 31: "Finding Your Way: Penn Station vs. Grand Central."

Watch “Re-Discovering Rail,” a video from our April 9th panel

Read “Jill Jonnes Bucks Up the Moynihan Station Crowd”

Read “The Struggle to Build (New) Penn Station”

Read “ARC: 100 Years Later, An Attempt to Re-Conquer Gotham”