It’s happening, it’s really happening. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday that construction will officially begin on Moynihan Station next week. The announcement marks an enormous milestone for the project, which has been more or less on the table since it was introduced by its namesake Senator Daniel P. Moynihan in the early 1990s. Along with the news, Governor Cuomo’s office released new renderings of the train hall and its retail spaces.
The hall, which clocks in at an astonishing 255,000 square feet, will feature a soaring glass skylight ceiling, nine platforms with 17 train tracks, and ample retail and commercial spaces. It’s no secret that the project, by architects Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill, is a direct reaction to the horrors of Penn Station’s past.