Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to ram a monstrosity onto a pandemic-traumatized Manhattan: his “Empire Station” and Penn South project. The boondoggle — unpriced but in the tens of billions — is a huge favor to a developer who is jealous of Hudson Yards. It’s supposed to raise money for transit but will suck money away from MTA needs.
Empire Station will supposedly save Penn Station by creating eight new tracks for the 21-track hub, bringing “natural light” inside the terminal and allowing more capacity for New Jersey Transit. Cuomo hopes eight office towers will pay for much of the new station: Think Hudson Yards, but with Madison Square Garden shoved in the middle, instead of the Vessel.
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