Penn Station -- Pre 1990s

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Re: Penn Station -- Pre 1990s

Postby n2cbo » Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:46 pm

Kelly&Kelly wrote:Nedicks.


What ever happened to them? I used to actually like the orange drink and hot dogs they had.
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Re: Penn Station -- Pre 1990s

Postby Dump The Air » Tue Mar 22, 2016 2:07 am

ah yes, new york before giuliani secretly had most of the homeless and street population killed.
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Re: Penn Station -- Pre 1990s

Postby alchemist » Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:22 am

The Alchemist (shudder) is old enough to remember the Gimbel's Passageway before the low-lifes took over all our public spaces. It used to be fun to walk through and look at the Gimbel's windows. In those days nobody had reason to feel unsafe in a place like that. :(
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Re: Penn Station -- Pre 1990s

Postby Morisot » Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:59 pm

Kelly and Kelly - I can remember getting in from Florida late one night during the 80's and having to wait for a 3-something AM train. I remember pulling my suitcase up and perching on top of a row of those seedy seats that ringed the walls around that alcove at the bottom of the stairs (the "main" waiting area?) --- because the rats kept running along the walls, under the seats.
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Re: Penn Station -- Pre 1990s

Postby Head-end View » Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:52 pm

I'm surprised nobody mentioned the old LIRR information booth that stood out in the middle of the concourse.
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Re: Penn Station -- Pre 1990s

Postby ExCon90 » Wed Mar 23, 2016 4:18 pm

Now that you mention it, so am I. I always got a kick out of watching two lines, ten deep, of people asking for the track number of their train, which was posted, but wanting to hear it from a person. A passenger would just say Amityville, or Douglaston, or Valley Stream, or Northport, and the answer would come back instantly: departure time, track number. It happened so fast that the lines almost never stopped moving. I couldn't say my Social Security number in the time those guys would answer.
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Re: Penn Station -- Pre 1990s

Postby Blockhead98 » Wed Mar 23, 2016 4:31 pm

Good times.
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Re: Penn Station -- Pre 1990s

Postby Jeff Smith » Wed Mar 23, 2016 4:57 pm

That sure is different from today, when it's a stampede once the track number goes up on the board.
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Re: Penn Station -- Pre 1990s

Postby nyandw » Wed Mar 23, 2016 7:08 pm

Head-end View wrote:I'm surprised nobody mentioned the old LIRR information booth that stood out in the middle of the concourse.


Anyone can post a picture of this goodie? :-)
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Re: Penn Station -- Pre 1990s

Postby Kelly&Kelly » Thu Mar 24, 2016 11:01 am

...Then there was the information clerk who would send the obviously overly-feminine-appearing men on a Friday afternoon to the Sayville trains -- before their mentioning a station -- for the boats to Cherry Grove.
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Re: Penn Station -- Pre 1990s

Postby jamestrains1 » Sat Apr 02, 2016 12:09 am

Late 1960's
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Undated, possible Late 1960's
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1982 Mugging
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January 18, 1987
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Re: Penn Station -- Pre 1990s

Postby Head-end View » Sat Apr 02, 2016 7:26 pm

Okay, from the top, first photo I agree is late 1960's or early 70's (from the short skirts). LOL Second photo looks much older like 1950's as a guess. Third photo looks like plainclothes police action, not a mugging. Can't figure the location though.........if it's Penn, I don't recognize the spot.
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Re: Penn Station -- Pre 1990s

Postby nyandw » Sat Apr 02, 2016 8:31 pm

jamestrains1 thanks for posting. Agree first photo c.1968+ second photo c.1958+ as all the Men have hat's prior to the JFK era 3rd photo plains clothes police doing a pat-down $th shot in Penn due to signage? :-)
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Re: Penn Station -- Pre 1990s

Postby mjd13076 » Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:31 pm

Awesome pics jamestrains! Thanks!
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Re: Penn Station -- Pre 1990s

Postby jamestrains1 » Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:57 pm

My apologies, as I did not include sources of the images, which should help identify the correct dates.

Late 1960's
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With my team-mate, right hand and treasured colleague, Lou Duro, in Penn Station, NYC. We were testing the idea of having attractive women capture the attention of the commuters to provide timely information.
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U̶n̶d̶a̶t̶e̶d̶,̶ ̶p̶o̶s̶s̶i̶b̶l̶e̶ ̶L̶a̶t̶e̶ ̶1̶9̶6̶0̶'̶s circa 1945
[Long Island Railroad Concourse in Pennsylvania Station.]
DATE:ca. 1945
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Museum of the City of New York
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1̶9̶8̶2̶ ̶M̶u̶g̶g̶i̶n̶g 1982
Penn Station and a Gun
Keating was 26 years old and teaching himself to use a camera when he stumbled on a drug bust.
Photo: Edward Keating/Contact Press Images
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/03/new-york-after-midnight.html
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January 18, 1987
Do not enter
It's an unfamiliar sight: Penn Station is nearly empty on Jan. 18, 1987. One man is seen sweeping up at the Manhattan transit hub.
(Credit: Tom Kitts )
http://www.newsday.com/long-island/towns/lirr-strikes-in-1987-1994-1.8563945 (paywall)
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