Last week, a minor train derailment at Penn Station caused some Amtrak trains to be re-routed to Grand Central Terminal. A rare sight! :D :D :D
If you are looking for freshly made doughnuts in NYC, you can now head over to Underwest Donut's new Penn Station location. The shop has operated for several years now out of a car wash along the West Side Highway which meant that you had to go way out of your way just to eat these delicious treats.
Underwest Donuts makes a variety of flavored offerings, but the thing you should really order is their plain, made-to-order cinnamon-dunked treats. They are classic and amazing.
Whoa! I didn't know this! The New Yorker Hotel across the street from Penn Station still has remnants of an old tunnel that linked the hotel to the passenger terminal of Penn Station. Today, the tunnel is just a storage space for building supplies but portions of the tunnel's past use are still visible like tile work and the door that would have led to Penn Station itself. Pretty neat!
Unfortunately, this area of The New Yorker hotel is closed to the public so the best view you'll get for now is thanks to Untapped Cities.
I try to avoid the Penn Station area at all costs so I guess in my attempt to never go to that area, I somehow missed the great addition of a pedestrian plaza on what was formerly 33rd Street! Look at this! There's seating, expanded walkways, vendors, umbrellas, and all sorts of pedestrian goodies that make getting out of Penn Station just a little better.
Last night, the Empire State Building lit up in the New York State's flag colors of orange, white, and blue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Law. The law was put into place after the destruction of the former Penn Station as a means to assure people that historic structures and significant landmarks pertaining to NYC history don't disappear just because somebody comes around with a handful of money.
Over the last 50 years, the NYC Landmarks Law has defined entire neighborhoods and saved precious buildings from demolition and destruction (or alteration from its original form). It is just one of the ways NYC preserves its history when so much else is changing in the city. See this map here for all the places saved over the years.