As Commuters Return, Behold a Pleasant Surprise in New York City

Dear New York ... Image Courtesy of Jeanine Pedersen

With the world striving to get back to visions of normalcy, New York City has a real treat for both LIRR commuters and Amtrak travelers.

The Moynihan Train Hall at New York Penn Station opened to the public on January 1st, 2021, and is being discovered as travel slowly returns. A unique point to note, many commuters have yet to experience its splendor, as they have been working remotely at home. It surely will be a pleasant welcome back!

In addition to the renovation of the historic post office building (directly across 8th avenue from the original Penn Station) there are artistic nuances everywhere. A quick tip to viewing, do not forget to look up!

The Hive from Elmgreen & Dragset.  Image Courtesy of Jeanine Pedersen

The Hive from Elmgreen & Dragset is an architectural model of city buildings suspended from the ceiling for a 3D effect, meant to represent the future. The duo is known for their intermingling of “art and architecture, performance, and installation.”

Kehinde Wiley’s Go.  Image Courtesy of Jeanine Pedersen
The Skylight.  Image Courtesy of Jeanine Pedersen

Artist Kehinde Wiley also utilized ceiling space for his stunning stained glass art, entitled Go. The impressive piece is “hand-painted glass triptych that celebrates the vibrancy and virtuosity of bodies in motion at monumental scale.”

Words of positivity, a 92 foot skylight, Stan Douglas ceramic ink on glass photographic panels, and attention to detail everywhere. This is a wonderful addition to a NYC icon in transportation.

East End Gateway 7th Ave. Image Courtesy of Jeanine Pedersen

I spent my time exploring, talking to the workers, taking it all in, and thoroughly enjoyed my day. I love how the Public Art Fund describes the art as “on permanent view.”

As transportation hubs get these upscale makeovers, I have two requests for upgrades and soon: Port Authority Bus Terminal and Newark’s Penn Station! Just a thought ….


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Jeanine or J9 as everyone calls her, is a Multifaceted Creative & Solopreneur; an experienced marketer, writer/storyteller, corporate concierge/event planner, social media visionary, and NY/NJ/East Coast trends curator. She joined our team in early 2020 as a writer and her role has evolved to VP Inspirational Marketing, Trends, and Culture.

Her devotions are smart shopping, fashion & home decor, art of all genres, urban placemaking, interactive events, food & restaurants, sports, and travel. She thrives on discovering and sharing her knowledge of unique experiences and locations. Her passion is seeking street art & murals and blogging about the artists and their works.

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