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YOUR WEEKLY COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER SERVING CHELSEA, HUDSON YARDS & HELL’S KITCHEN

IN AN EMPIRE STATION STATE OF MIND

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One suggestion for the redevelopment of Penn Station is to close a portion of W. 33rd St. to create a new, grand entrance (pictured here). Seen in the background are the not-yet-completed towers of Hudson Yards, another mega-development in the area.

BY YANNIC RACK In a double win for the West Side, Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled two multi-billion dollar plans last week that would expedite the stalled redevelopment of Pennsylvania Station and the James A. Farley Post Office on Eighth Ave., and expand the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. One big announcement chased the other, as Cuomo unveiled a slate of ambitious projects. “There is so much in this game plan, this agenda, that frankly we couldn’t fit it into one day and one

speech, and we’re announcing it in components all throughout this week,” the governor said at the Javits Center on Jan. 7. “What happens tomorrow depends on what we do today. Let’s be as bold and ambitious as our forefathers before us,” he added. A few days laterr, in his Jan. 13 State of the State address, Cuomo made the case for his Built to Lead infrastructure program as the key to developing a new system of transportation “for the next 100 years.” “The mass transit access point in New York City

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is Penn Station. Penn Station is grossly over capacity and under-performing. Penn, in a word, is miserable. It is un-New York, it is unwelcome, and it is unacceptable,” the governor said. “We’re gonna build a new Penn-Moynihan complex, finally.” Plans for both Penn Station and the Javits Center have a less-than-glorious past. A few years ago, Cuomo was considering scrapping the Javits Center altogether, and the Penn Station overhaul has been

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