[VIDEO] This Heartbreaking Video Shows NYC's Old Penn Station Side-by-Side With Current One

In a side-by-side comparison video titled New York Penn Station: Past and Present, Columbia University student Myles Zhang highlights the start contrast between the architectural jewel that was the Old Penn Station and the dark, depressing iteration of Penn Station we have today which is considered one of the worst stations in the nation.

The old Penn Station, completed 1910, had 21 tracks on 11 platforms. The new Penn Station has 21 tracks on 11 platforms. In the demolition process, not one track or platform moved. This similarity enables us to situate parts of the old structure in relation to the new. The photos below compare this structure past and present.

Check out the project page to learn more about the station or the video.

Note: this video was made before current (2024) round of renovations to Penn Station

via Vimeo

Originally published on May 15th, 2019

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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