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NY’s Penn Station: Rise/Fall of American Landmark
June 27 , 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
After decades of looking for a way to connect passengers directly to Manhattan, the Pennsylvania Railway accomplished what few had imagined: building tunnels underneath the Hudson and East rivers. This book chronicles the story of Penn Station from the laying of the first tracks to its demise in the early 20th century when it was torn down. Through its destruction, the historic preservation movement was born.
Using original interviews with experts, archival & documentary research, and historic photos, the author brings new life to one of America’s most beloved buildings.
This talk highlights the unlikely story of a building that was once one of the most beautiful stations in the world, “built for the ages” – but lasted only 52 years. Paul will show photos of the original Penn Station as well as of its planners and architects, and will link the preservation movement that emerged to modern day efforts like those of the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy’s aim to save historic synagogues.
Since this presentation is being held in an historic synagogue, following the talk, you will have the opportunity to view the sanctuary of the Sixth Street Community Synagogue, a thriving, engaged and welcoming Modern Orthodox Jewish community in the heart of the East Village, originally St. Marks Lutheran Church, spiritual home of the German congregation that lost 1,000 parishioners in the General Slocum disaster.
$5 per person (plus additional $3 if purchased at the door).