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.
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Tunneling under the Hudson river proved easy, but the East River was becoming a nightmare.
Two city blocks, or 28 acres, were initially cleared for Penn Station’s construction.
Excavation workers, called “sandhogs,” faced many dangers working in a confined space.
Compressed air was used to keep the water out of the Pennsylvania RR's Manhattan tunnels.
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The monumental building that was supposed to last forever was destroyed after 53 years.
The engineering feat and architectural achievement that was torn down after just 53 years.
The masonry work on Pennsylvania Station began in 1908.
Measurements showed that the Pennsylvania RR Hudson River tunnels were shifting.
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