NEW YORK | Penn 15 (401 7th Ave) | 1,200 FT | 61 FLOORS

Pennsylvania Hotel 1919

Collection by Miss Mackensen


Earlier today

The abandoned subway entrance on West 32nd Street is on the footprint of the Hotel Pennsylvania.


I believe they will be reopening the 2 subway entrances on either side as part of the temporary retail space being planned, thats the only reason those small portions of building were not demolished.


It’s refreshing to have this breathing space for the time being.


I thought you 007 would have learned something after your ban, which lasted 6 months. But after your repeated meaningful reply to my post, the opposite is the case.

Well, a repeat suspension would be your last, because my patience with you is running out.

This historical picture from 1919 has a much better resolution in the original than the one I photographed.

Without modern technology, some things would not be possible, for example:

To render a historic canceled skyscraper in the New York skyline (383 Madison Ave. Scheme III).

Or a digital reconstruction of a destroyed palace, you know what I’m talking about.


Earlier today


It’s kind of crazy how on a vast portion of the ground floor the flooring finish is still there and you can kind of still see walkways and such because of that.


I think that’s the old arcade flooring.




So they’re not building the temporary one-story retail “taxpayer” placeholder?

What does the article say behind the paywall? Some US Open matches may be held in Midtown, with fans and athletes using LIRR to travel between the “Penn Platform” and Flushing Meadows?

From the paywall article per NYguy on SSP:

On its website, Vornado Realty Trust describes plans for developing a 56-story, 2.7 million-square-foot office tower on the site of the now-demolished Hotel Pennsylvania.

Called Penn 15, the building would provide a “quality experience rooted in authentic New York,” a brochure reads, and create “a workplace experience that is within the essence of NYC to help draw employees back to office.”

But with demand for office space muted and financing all but impossible to secure, Vornado has pivoted. Instead of a supertall tower, the developer is now planning to turn the former hotel site into an 80,000 square-foot space for U.S. Open tennis matches, New York Fashion Week events, and a digital billboard measuring 10 stories high.

*A spokesman said Vornado is considering “a number of potential interim options” for the Hotel Pennsylvania site and the renderings, which have been shared with city officials, are “for conceptual purposes.”

The outdoor space, which they’ve dubbed Penn Platform, takes up about half of the block between Sixth and Seventh avenues, and West 32nd and West 33rd streets. A brochure says “the Penn Platform offers brands a unique opportunity for activation space on New York City’s newest stage.” Vornado saw the site as a potential landing spot for a casino before withdrawing those plans.

Renderings show the outdoor space being used for New York Fashion Week and U.S. Open tennis matches; four tennis courts can apparently fit in the nearly two-acre space.

Representatives for Fashion Week and the U.S. Open didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.

But its dominant feature would be a Times Square-style billboard measuring a hefty 150 feet high by 197 feet wide. While other large LED signs cast glares on the intersection — two that formerly flanked the hotel’s entrance remain at the site, while their owner Silvercast also owns lofty billboards across the street — the size of what’s proposed seems unprecedented for the immediate area, a fact that has apparently upset some local leaders.

Indeed, the new sign would span the entire distance from West 32nd to West 33rd streets and cover the entire back side of 100 W. 33rd St., a prewar office-and-retail complex that contains the remnants of the shuttered Manhattan Mall. The sign’s operator is unknown. An email sent to Silvercast was not returned by press time.

Whether a sport that prides itself on hushed crowds stands a chance against the din of Seventh Avenue traffic remains to be seen.

But Vornado CEO Steve Roth is perhaps unsurprisingly enthused about the transitional use for an empty space, describing it during an earnings call Tuesday as “a game changer.” Roth added, “if you are a shareholder of Vornado, or are interested in Vornado, this is an immediate must-go-see.”

Also another article related to this project via SSP as well:


Manhattan mall is closed?

They’re stuck with an albatross.

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