Penn South Playground
Penn Station was designed at the height of the City Beautiful movement as a gateway to the metropolis of New York City. This movement married civic function with classical design, restoring the architectural splendor that industrialization had rejected. Penn Station, which was modeled after the Baths built by Roman Emperor Caracalla, was one of the city's most beautiful, ethereal monuments. Exalted by architects and revered by the public, Penn Station "set the stamp of excellence on the city,” according to The New York Times. Its unfortunate destruction in 1965, to create a new office tower and Madison Square Garden,
The current Penn Station, built in 1968 on the same site, is an underground transportation hub with twenty-one tracks and 600,000 passengers traveling through it daily, making it North America's busiest station.
This playground, contained within the Penn
Station South Houses, opened in 1961
bearing the same name as the housing
complex. It was renamed Penn South
Playground in 1989. In 1996 the playground
was reconstructed and elementary school-
age equipment on new safety surfacing
was installed. The basketball courts were
resurfaced and new painted street games
were added to the pavement. Benches were
sited beneath the shade of the London
plane and ginkgo trees that line the park.
Erected by NYC Parks.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 40° 44.862′ N, 73° 59.91′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on West 26th Street west of 8th Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Church of Saint Eleftherios (about 500 feet
Also see . . .
1. Pennsylvania Station (New York Preservation Archive Project). "The demolition of McKim, Mead & White’s Pennsylvania Station, amid public outcry, is popularly regarded as the birth of the modern preservation movement in New York City and the impetus for the Landmarks Law." (Submitted on May 10, 2021.)
2. Pennsylvania Station (1910–1963) (Wikipedia). "Pennsylvania Station was a historic railroad station in New York City, named for the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR), its builder and original tenant. The station occupied an 8-acre (3.2 ha) plot bounded by Seventh and Eighth Avenues and 31st and 33rd Streets in Midtown Manhattan. As the terminal shared its name with several stations in other cities, it was sometimes called New York Pennsylvania Station, or Penn Station for short." (Submitted on May 10, 2021.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 10, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 10, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.