Penn Station - New York Attractions
Location: 8th Avenue and 31st Street, New York, NY 10001
New York City’s Pennsylvania Station is usually known simply as Penn Station. It is a major commuter rail hub in New York City, and one of the most popular NYC Attractions and New York Landmarks in Manhattan. Penn Station is the main intercity Train Station in New York City, serving more than 300,000 passengers each day at an incredible rate of up to 1,000 commuters every 90 seconds.
In comparison, Grand Central Terminal in New York, which is another one of the NYC Attractions not to be missed, accommodates approximately 140,000 passengers per day. New York’s Penn Station is the busiest passenger transportation facility in New York City, and in the United States. Penn Station by far receives the most traffic of all train stations in North America.
New York’s Penn Station sits underneath Pennsylvania Plaza; a NYC Attraction located between 7th and 8th Avenues, and 31st and 33rd Streets in Midtown Manhattan. The Penn Station building is situated alongside Madison Square Gardens, one of the most popular NYC Attractions today. Penn Station is also close to other New York Landmarks and NYC Attractions like Central Park, the Empire State Building, Macy’s, and Herald Square.
Penn Station rail lines in the Metro New York area extend southward from New York City to the Washington D.C. area, and northward into Boston. Intercity trains operate via Amtrak, and commuter rail services in New York City are operated by the Long Island Railroad and New Jersey Transit.
Visiting New York? Choose Manhattan Hotel Times Square - A Times Square Hotel located in the heart of Times Square near Penn Station and many other NYC Attractions and New York Activities.
Penn Station’s ClubAcela Lounge:
Penn Station provides a private lounge on the Amtrak concourse (on the 8th Avenue side of the station) for New York Visitors with various ticket types and memberships, including Amtrak’s Guest Rewards program and United Airlines’ United Club. ClubAcela Lounge offers complimentary non-alcoholic drinks, a comfortable seating space while waiting for trains, a conference room, and several TV’s.
History of Penn Station:
New York City’s Penn Station was named by the original builder and tenant of the New York Train Station, the Pennsylvania Railroad. Penn Station shares its name with many other train stations in cities around the United States.
The current New York City Building that houses Penn Station was remodeled from grand, Beaux-Arts style structure, the original New York City Station that was built in 1910. At this time, Penn Station was considered an architectural gem in New York City.
In the 1950’s, the Penn Station’s air rights were optioned, and the main house was scheduled to be demolished so that an office and sports complex could be constructed. The tracks underneath Penn Station remained untouched, and the new complex, including Madison Square Gardens, was completed in 1968.
Penn Station | 8th Avenue and 31st Street, New York, NY 10001 | 212-630-6401
Penn Station MTA Contact Information: dial 511, the free New York State Transit and Traffic Line
Penn Station Amtrak Contact Information: 800-USA-RAIL