11 Responses

  1. Marty Sterling says:

    You have done it again. Now I have to go back to New York and pay attention to this building. Thank you so very much for your wonderful site.

  2. Dennis A Livesey says:

    Wonderful as always! I just realized, I have never been in this lobby and feel shame as a train aficionado. Thanks for pointing this out.

  3. Lee says:

    Great article.

  4. Judyth Stavans says:

    Beautifully done!

  5. Christopher Stephans says:

    It really makes the loss of Pennsylvania Station that much sadder. At least the adjacent Hotel Pennsylvania still stands.

  6. Al Cyone says:

    The biggest travesty wasn’t Leona Helmsley’s gold paint. Or even Starbucks. The biggest travesty was, and is, the PanAm building.

    • Lee says:

      I dare say the Pam Am (Met Life) building saved Grand Central Terminal. If the New York Central Railroad didn’t realize the income from the Pan Am building, it would’ve demolished Grand Central itself to utilize the air rights. In those days, nobody would’ve been willing to come forward and assume the high operating expenses and taxes for the terminal (just as nobody wanted to assume the costs and taxes of Pennsylvania Station).

      • Emily says:

        This. There is a lot worse that could have happened… (like the Marcel Breuer abomination, which I mentioned in my post about Rye). The Pennsy was quick to demolish Penn Station before there was any real opposition. The Pan Am building staved off the immediate need for the New York Central to get rid of the Terminal by a few years… precious years in which the NY City Landmarks Preservation Commission came into being.

  7. peter davis says:

    in the 1950’s the New York Central building at 230 Park Ave. displayed a cross on the building during the Christmas season….are there any pictures of this?

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