American Experience

The Destruction of Penn Station

Clip: Season 26 Episode 5 | 2m 59s

In 1961, the financially strapped Pennsylvania Railroad announced it had sold the air rights above Penn Station. The company would tear down what had once been its crowning jewel to build Madison Square Garden, a high-rise office building and sports complex. Demolition began on October 28, 1963 and would continue for the next three years.

Aired: 02/18/14

Rating: NR

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