This past weekend I took a tour of the NYC Penn Station entitled "Remnants of Penn Station." It was a tour of the 1968 Penn Station that showed the few remaining accessible items from the 1910 Penn Station and with the opening of the New Moynihan Train Hall it included a walk through of that. While it wasn't a "Back Stage" tour many items remain visible from the 1910 version of the station. I took the Staten Island Ferry (which I rode to work every day for 27 years) into Manhattan so I included a few pre and post-tour harbor shots.
I took the tour through Untapped New York.
Here are some photos I thought you might enjoy.
Pre-Tour Harbor Shots
The Last Remaining Original Penn Station Track Level Entrance Staircase
One of the Last Remaining Track Level Exit Staircases
Notice the original Exit Sign arch in the 4th photo
A View From Underneath of the Original Concourse Level Glass Brick Floor.
The original concourse had a glass brick floor to let sunlight into the track levels. It's still there underneath the terrazzo in the 1968 concourse.
Hilton Passageway Sign
The Hilton Passageway goes from Penn Station to the Hotel Pennsylvania (which is closed) across 7th Avenue. The Hotel was operated by Hilton.
The Last Remaining Original Double Wide Track Level Exit Staircase
Original Concourse Entrance Way Arch with Woodwork Detail
The Arches of Old Penn Station
A current art work invoking the original station waiting room arches.
Original Station Railing
Last Original Hand Painted Penn RR Sign
New 7th Avenue Station Entrance
With the Empire State Building down 33rd street
New NJ Transit Entrance With Homage Arches and Murals to the Original Penn Station
Please forgive the angles. I was riding down an escalator.
Original Power Plant for Penn Station Electricity
The plant on 31st street across from Penn Station was coal fired and provided the non-track power for Penn Station.
Columns Outside the New Moynihan Train Hall.
This hall was originally (and still partially is) a Post Office. The Post Office unofficial motto is emblazed above the columns. Interestingly it was not the motto when it was built. It harkens back to ancient Greece but the Post Office liked it so much they adopted it.
Inside the Moynihan Train Hall
Notice there are no seats (except in the ticketed waiting areas.) It was done intentionally. Why do you think that is?
Original artwork on the ceiling in the Moynihan Train Hall