Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the start of construction on a sprawling New York City commuter rail station being built from a Manhattan post office.
The renovations to the James A. Farley post office, on Eighth Avenue across from the current Pennsylvania Station, mark the second phase of Mr. Cuomo’s more than $1.6 billion project redirecting passengers from the aging Penn Station to a train hall the governor says will rival the iconic Grand Central Station.
The governor first announced his plans for the post office in September 2016, after a string of other officials had drawn up similar ideas for overhauling Penn Station but didn’t enact them. Earlier this year, as part of Mr. Cuomo’s modernization plan, a new Long Island Rail Road station called the West End Concourse opened at was once another part of the post office.