Penn Station

Penn Station, or Pennsylvania Station, as it is more officially known, is one of New York City’s two main rail stations – the other being Grand Central Station. Both are found in Manhattan; Penn Station on the West Side (31st to 33rd Streets between Seventh and Eighth Avenues) and Grand Central on the East Side (42nd Street and Park Avenue). New York City newcomers should know that these two stations actually handle more than just regular train traffic. Several subway lines serve them, and they are also major hubs of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) bus system.

The original Penn Station NYC opened in 1910 and was renowned for its grand Beaux-Arts style. One of New York City’s most impressive architectural offerings for decades on end, it was demolished in the 1960s and replaced with the current facility. The destruction of the original Penn Station upset many New Yorkers and is believed to be a major reason for the creation of the city’s first architectural preservation statutes. Either way, the current Penn Station NYC is part of the Pennsylvania Plaza complex, which was completed in 1968 and also features the fourth installment of Madison Square Garden. Also worth noting is the fact that the current Penn Station is the busiest passenger transportation facility in the United States and North America’s busiest train station.

Penn Station NYC Restaurants

Penn Station NYC Restaurants
Penn Station NYC Restaurants

Penn Station is well-equipped to handle its high passenger numbers. The main concourse features numerous information booths, for example, and there are plenty of convenient eateries. As is true at busy airports, the restaurants at Penn Station include several well known chain brand operations that don’t waste of lot of time getting food to the customer. Some come complete with small seating areas and/or a bar for travelers who have time to sit down. Being that this is New York, you can certainly expect to get a tasty slice of pizza at Penn Station or a good bagel. There are also places to get hot dogs, some soup, a sandwich, doughnuts, a quick burger and fries, and even some sushi if that suits your fancy. Basically, you can satisfy a wide range of food and beverage cravings at Penn Station, and the well established bars and restaurants that are found close by only add more dining options.

Hotels near Penn Station

Hotels near Penn Station
Hotels near Penn Station

Being that Penn Station is such a major transportation hub, it only makes sense that a number of New York City hotels have sprung up in the immediate area. Among the very closest NYC hotels to Penn Station are the landmark New Yorker Hotel, the 1,700-unit Hotel Pennsylvania, and the budget-priced Chelsea Star Hotel. As for other Penn Station area lodging ideas, the fan of comfortable and stylish boutique hotels won’t want to overlook the Affinia Manhattan, and the Wingate by Wyndham Manhattan Midtown provides plenty in the way of style and comfort itself. Several highly familiar chain brand lodging establishments can also be found in the immediate area for those who are most comfortable going that route. Examples of the chain brand hotels near Penn Station NYC include the Holiday Inn Express Madison Square Garden, the Hampton Inn Manhattan-Madison Square Garden, and the Fairfield Inn and Suites Manhattan/Chelsea. It should be noted that all of the hotels near Penn Station are also close to a variety of other great NYC attractions, including Central Park and the Times Square Theater District with its many New York City shows.

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