October 20th, 2010

Keep Walking

Moynihan Station / Amateur Drag Contest / Gay Night at Carnival

I know I've posted about Moynihan Station in the past, but I'll be darned if I can find it...

Two days ago, on 18th October 2010 they held a ceremonial ground-breaking of what is to be the new Moynihan Station, I was to be there, but didn't have the energy to get out of the house... Check out this article by Tara MacIsaac of the Epoch Times:

Pennsylvania Station, constructed in 1910, was once an architectural masterpiece in the same neoclassical style as Grand Central Terminal, which was built three years later. The original building was razed in 1963 to build the current structure including Madison Square Garden, a more lucrative enterprise for the four blocks of prime real-estate the train station covered.

The city will try to recapture some of the grandeur that once greeted passengers at Penn Station with the building of Moynihan Station under the James Farley Post Office on 31st Street and Eighth Avenue, which broke ground on the station’s birthday Monday.

At the groundbreaking, Lorraine Diehl, the author of “The Late, Great Pennsylvania Station,” recounted her fond memories of the old Penn Station: “What stood out was that every room was a different experience. The train shed, which was the concourse, was a room of journeys. If you walked into the main waiting room, it was this grand, elegant, serene space.”

The original 1910 structure was designed by the architectural firm McKim, Mead, and White after the Beaux Arts style, which combines classical and Renaissance architecture.

A small group of architects and a few supporters protested the 1963 demolition, but to no avail.

“At that time in our history, people protested for better wages or shorter hours. The idea of trying to protect a building in the 1960s was alien to us,” explained Diehl. These protesters were instrumental in forming the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which later saved Grand Central Terminal and many other historic buildings in the city from demolition.

Before Penn Station was built in 1910, Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) trains would stop on the New Jersey side of the Hudson and passengers would take a ferry across, explained Congressman Jerold Nadler.

“Pennsylvania Station wasn’t just a magnificent architectural temple, the modern day version of a cathedral, but it (also) marked the beginning of train service into Manhattan, of the major trains across the Hudson,” said Nadler.

Approximately 550,000 passengers now funnel through Penn Station daily and the number is growing. Moynihan Station will be built as a much needed extension.

“Initiating the first phase of Moynihan station today, lays the foundation for what will be a glorious train hall right through the Farley Post Office. That will bring New York back to the grandeur of the old Pennsylvania Station,” said Gov. David Patterson at the groundbreaking ceremony on Monday.

Amtrak trains already run under the building, which was designed by the same architects that designed the original Penn Station. Moynihan Station would be an expansion of this hall, with an entrance being built south of the grand staircase of the post office. This entrance will be the only above-ground construction taking place, leaving the historical Farley building relatively undisturbed.

The project is expected to take about 10 years in total, with the first phase being completed in 2016. The projected costs total $1 billion to 1.5 billion, partially funded by the federal TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) fund. The idea is to stimulate economic growth by providing the infrastructure to support it.

I, for one, am happy to see that this station is finally under way! Now while they're building it, let's add some competition to our Rail System and get faster "bullet trains" going!

So, You Think You Can Drag?

America's next pop model? Britain's dancing with the stars? Canadian Idle? No... Starting tonight and for the next six Wednesdays in a row, it's "So You Think You Can Drag" at the New World Stages!

New World Stages and the Time Out New York Lounge in association with 21st Century Life are looking for aspiring, accomplished, and FABULOUS drag queens to compete in "So You Think You Can Drag".

This sassy elimination competition spanning six Wednesdays beginning October 20th will feature themed performances ruthlessly scrutinized by a rotating panel of celebrity judges.

Audience votes determine the fiercest queen of them all, who will receive $500 and the opportunity to host a drag night at the Time Out New York Lounge at New World Stages!

Think you got it in ya? For an opportunity to compete please send your headshot and resume to timeoutnylounge@newworldstages.com. Please put Drag Competition in the subject line of the email. Hurry -- first show is tonight!

Amanda Lepore's Gay Night @ Carnival

Amanda Lepore has hooked up with Kenny Kenny and Joey Israel and launched a new Wednesday night gay party at Carnival. Yes, although this started the 28th of April, it's still going strong.

"Coney Island meets New York City at Carnival" located on the 5th floor above Bowlmor, Carnival’s a cavernous, adultified take on the traditional chaotic fairground, with big top tent-evoking strips of red/yellow/black fabric soaring over a dual-sided bar featuring giant spinning pin-wheels; a spacious main room with wall-to-wall game booths; and a soundproof “Fun House” dance room (with candy coloured bottle service booths and constantly changing LED floor tiles.

At their opening, Cazwell provided some music along with a performance by Ms. Tickle.

There's no cover, but expect to pay for drinks and games of chance!

Carnival is open all the time, but is 'gay' on Wednesday nights only. It's located close to Union Square at 110 University Place (Btw. 12th & 13th). They also host private parties... Check 'em out!