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But Deliver Us From Vornado

Rally to Save the Penn Station Neighborhood: “It’s always darkest before. . . something dramatic. With the clock ticking on the dog and pony show that is the public vetting process, chances grow each day that we’ll end up with some kind of largely loyalist plan for the area around Penn Station favored by NYS Gov. Kathy Hochul and her clown car packed to the gills with corporate cheerleaders–all of whom would see an entire neighborhood ground into dust so a Vornado-created vertical campus can rise where nobody asked it to. Answering this grim prognosis is a rally with the kind of street theater activism that must have Jane Jacobs smiling down upon it. See the below flyer for details, and consider lending your voice to one of the most blatant boondoggles we’re likely to see in our lifetimes. Shame!” — Activites of Interest, Chelsea Community News

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“A clue to whether the project succeeds may lie two blocks to the west, in the Hudson Yards neighborhood. Development there has not met expectations three years after a slate of new construction — including office towers, retail and residences — opened with grand ambitions. Major office tenants there are downsizing amid the stubborn popularity of remote work, and a quarter of the ultraluxury condos remain unsold.

The New York City economy has changed drastically since government officials and developers first touted plans for the Hudson Yards area over a decade ago, and it has been transformed even more during the pandemic. Major corporations that moved to the neighborhood, including WarnerMedia, JPMorgan Chase and IHS Markit, are now trying to unload floors of unused office space.“ — Matthew Haag and Patrick McGeehan, “Penn Station Plan Makes a High-Stakes Bet on the Future of Office Work,” New York Times

Robert Paaswell, Opinion: What’s really at stake in the Penn Station fight. New York Daily News

Nicole Gelinas, Penn Station plan is the worst deal since Manhattan was sold for $24, New York Post

Post Editorial Board, Gov. Hochul’s endless weaseling is killing the Empire State, New York Post

Neil deMause, Madison Square Garden and Hudson Yards: Match Made in Hell or So Crazy It Just Might Work?, Hellgate

Interview with ESC Coordinator Sam Turvey, The Bronx Buzz: Penn Station Redevelopment. You Tube

Jon Campbell, Here’s where MSG’s NY State Senate picks stand on the arena’s 40-year tax break, Gothamist

Peg Breen and Sam Turvey,Readers sound off on the Penn Station plan, New York Daily News

Skylar Woodhouse, What Penn Station’s $6 Billion Makeover Means for NYC, Bloomberg News

Jack Stebbins, Madison Square Garden Entertainment explores possible spinoff that would include iconic NY arena, CNBC

Kim Velsey, ‘They’re Destroying an Artists’ Block’ A furrier, a circus school, and local residents on the Penn Station redevelopment plan, Curbed

Maia Pandey, Penn Station redo and skyscraper plan may lead to a repeat of past mistakes, City & State

Alon Levy, Penn Station Expansion is Based on Fraud, Pedestrian Observations

Ann Rahmanan, The recently unveiled ceiling inside of the new Penn Station is pretty underwhelming0 Time Out

Justin Purohit, Vornado Realty Trust: Deal-Making Opportunities Are Brewing, Seeking Alpha

Sam Turvey, Opinion: We Need a Real Penn Station Plan, Not a Neighborhood Replacement Scheme, CityLimits

Spectrum News Staff Podcast, Path to a new Penn Station is back on track, NY1

Elizabeth Goldstein, MAS President’s Letter: July 2022, Municipal Art Society

Daily News Editorial Board, Opinion: The approval that wasn’t, The Penn revitalization plan gets a very strange thumbs-up, New York Daily News

FOX 5 NY Staff, Penn Station redevelopment plan moving forward despite criticism, FOX 5 News

Richard Ravitch, Opinion: Derail this Penn redevelopment plan, New York Daily News

New York Landmarks Conservancy, Another Chance to Stop Outrageous Penn Plan,

Daily News Editorial Board, Opinion: Veto the Penn plan: The state Public Authorities Control Board’s obligation, New York Post

Post Editorial Board, Still no excuses for gov’s growing Air Hochul scandal, New York Post

Erica Byfield, $7 Billion Plan to Revamp Penn Station Clears Major Hurdle (includes video), But Not All Are Happy, 4 New York

C.J. Hughes, Chelsea church digs in against Penn Station redevelopment plan, Crain’s

David Meyer, NY state agency approves Penn Station tax breaks for Hochul donor Steve Roth, New York Post

Clayton Guse and Chris Sommerfeldt, Strange Penn fellows, Dem Hochul pushes huge tax break for GOP donor, New York Daily News

Daily News Editorial Board, Opinion: Derail this plan: The Penn rehab scheme is profoundly flawed, New York Daily News

Matthew Haag and Patrick McGeehan, The Penn Station $7 Billion Fix-Up Moves Ahead: Here’s What to Know, New York Times

A Secret Platform That Might Make Penn Station Better, DNYUZ

The Brian Lehrer Show, Penn Station Revamp, WNYC, New York Public Radio

Emily Ngo, Adams, Hochul pitch Penn Station funding plan, NY1

David Porter, Funding deal for new Penn Station reached between state, NYC, AP News

Matthew Yglesias, Amtrak’s proposed Union Station renovation is a terrible idea, An object lesson in American agencies’ refusal to coordinate, Slow Boring

Daily News Editorial Board, Penn problem 1: The finances of a rezoning plan don’t add up, New York Daily News

Richard McGahey, Vague Penn Station Deal Risks Billions In Public Funds, Forbes

Gersh Kuntzman, Corporate Welfare for Steven Roth Edition, StreetsblogNYC

Zach Williams and David Meyer, Hochul donor in line for $1.2B tax break in Penn Station overhaul plan: watchdog, New York Post

Patrick McGeehan, Funding for Penn Station Plan Could Fall $3 Billion Short, Report Says, New York Times

Stephen Nessen, Lawmakers, advocates call for Hochul to give up control of Penn Station project, Gothamist

Carolyn B. Maloney, Rep. Maloney Statement in Support of the Empire State Complex and Penn Station Improvements,

Bob McManus, Opinion: Albany’s business as usual with Hochul continuing the pay-to-play corruption, New York Post

Post Editorial Board, Penn Station badly needs a redo but the Cuomo-Hochul plan doesn’t cut it, New York Post

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