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Learn about Penn Station's secret history on a tour this fall

By David Goldberg
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Few of us have ever found anything to delight in while wandering through Penn Station's grim labyrinths. On Broad City, Abbi lost a seemingly perfect beau because he considered the congested hub a dealbreaker.

But before the overground terminal was demolished in 1963 to be replaced with Madison Square Garden, it was considered an architectural treasure, with pink granite, majestic columns and arched glass windows — as in, the kind with actual sunlight. 

NYC Department of City Planning's Tamara Agins and Penn Station expert Justin Rivers are assembling tours with Untapped Cities this fall that exhume some of the station's secrets. You'll be able to see remnants of the original station like glass tiles, a decommissioned coal-burning facility, along with rare archival images and concept art for future incarnations. The tour inevitably ends at the Tracks Bar. 

"The Remnants of Penn Station" tour runs on Sept 20 from 2–3:30pm and on Oct 25, Nov 15 and Dec 6 from 12–1:30pm. Tickets are $30–$45. 

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