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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

The Big Pennsylvania Hole: 1908

The Big Pennsylvania Hole: 1908

New York circa 1908. "The big Pennsylvania hole." Excavations for Pennsylvania Station. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Hole other view

Pennsylvania Excavation by George Wesley Bellows at the Smith College Museum of Art:

All Gone to Heaven

The church on the left was the last survivor of all the buildings shown on the north side of 33rd Street (between 8th and 9th Aves). It finally went under the wrecking ball just within the last few years. On the latest Google Maps image it is a vacant lot with a "Build to Suit" sign in front. I don't recall the name of the church.

Eighth Avenue

The large concrete structure in the center of the hole is the 8th Avenue Viaduct, still quite visible from the track area in Penn. The area being excavated is currently under the old Moynihan Postal station. Which is out to bid to turn it into a new version of Penn Station, appropriately called Moynihan Station. The first phase was bid several weeks ago and will probably be awarded in about 2 months with construction starting 4th quarter 2012.

Is this really where

you leave the Pennsylvania station about a quarter to four, read a magazine and you're in Baltimore?

If Gimbel's doesn't have it

A most excellent, awesome and amazing image. The view is to the east/northeast. Macy's is on 34th Street, between 7th Avenue and Broadway.

 
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