Across the country, state leaders are laying out plans and dollars for spaces that are functional and uplifting. Here is an example from New York City.
More Park Space—and Infrastructure Solutions Too
Since the High Line opened in 2009, the one and a half-mile elevated park has been a successful example of how neglected spaces and places can be creatively reimagined, giving both the public and the economy a boost. In 2019 alone, about 8 million people visited the one and a half mile High Line, along the West Side of Lower Manhattan.
Now, the state is envisioning a $60 million dollar public and private funding commitment to extend the High Line—linking it to an important and massive infrastructure effort. The New York Times reports that the state aims to extend the High Line, connecting it the recently opened Moynihan Train Hall at Pennsylvania Station, advancing development in surrounding neighborhoods—and boosting the economy.
The new link, officials said, will provide an alternative way to access the new station, which serves Amtrak and the Long Island Railroad. It’s part of a broader package, including the new train hall and improvements sought for Pennsylvania Station, that seeks to improve the experience of taking mass transportation into and out of New York City.
“Traffic has reached impossible levels, and it’s never been efficient or effective,” Mr. Cuomo said in an interview. “But it’s clear that if the metropolitan area is going to grow, mass transit has to be better, safer, more pleasant, especially in this new world.”
“F.D.R. believed in building large infrastructure projects to lift the economy,” Mr. Cuomo said. “But there was another purpose, which was to lift people’s spirits. If you lift the spirits, you lift the economy.”
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That Soaring Feeling
On January 1, 2021, the completed, $1.6 billion Moynihan Trail Hall opened, expanding Penn Station’s concourse—and, as The New York Times reported—letting the sunshine in:
Sunlight is not typically associated with the dingy basement vibe that envelops commuters passing through Penn Station.
But natural light spills across the new Moynihan Train Hall through its massive, 92-foot-high skylight ceiling and illuminates another surprise: permanent installations by some of the most celebrated artists in the world.
Kehinde Wiley, Stan Douglas and the artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset have major pieces prominently displayed in the new $1.6 billion train hall… offering an expansion of Penn Station’s concourse space and serving customers of Amtrak and Long Island Rail Road. The hall, designed by the architecture firm SOM, also connects to subway lines, although they are some distance away.
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