Story Update: A Victory In Fight To Overhaul Penn Station

Originally published on July 25, 2013 3:55 pm

There’s an update on a story Here & Now brought you in May, about the fate of New York City’s Pennsylvania Station.

On Wednesday, the New York City Council voted to limit Madison Square Garden’s permit to 10 years. Right now, the Garden sits on top of Penn Station.

With this decision, the stadium will have to find another spot. That’s great news to a couple of activists who said Penn Station was in need of a serious overhaul.

Vin Cipolla of the Municipal Arts Society said a rebuilt Penn Station is an essential investment in the future of New York.

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YOUNG: Quick note on the story we brought you in May about the fate of New York City's Penn Station, once a soaring edifice. Then decades ago its atrium was demolished. It was driven underground and topped with Madison Square Garden. Well, yesterday New York City Council voted to limit the Garden's permit to 10 years and then send it packing. It's stunning news, actually. You can go to to hear our story about the efforts to renovate Penn Station. Those were just cleared with that decision. It was once a jewel in the city's crown. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.