Normally I take a bus from Port Authority bus station on 41st Street and 8th Avenue in New York City when I go to either Washington DC, Boston, Baltimore, or even Pittsburgh to do a 30 Plus Teams Tour.
This time I decided to take Amtrak because the fares were so low.
Leaving from Amtrak would mean I would have to go either through Penn Station at 33rd Street from the Long Island Railroad or E train if I took the subway from Queens.
Not any more.
As of January 1, 2021, the long awaited new Pennsylvania Station opened up
Its official name is the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall and it’s a work of art, no lie.
It was named for the late New York senator, Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
Now for some of you who weren’t born in New York City or just moved here in the past few years, the station may not look that spectacular to you.
But to those of us who remember the old Penn Station, the crowds, the filth, this station is beautiful.
It’s also very convenient if, like me, you’re coming from Queens or Long Island on the Long Island Railroad.
Amtrak trains not only leave from here, but so does the Long Island Railroad.
So when I got off the Long Island Railroad train from Locust Manor, I followed the signs to the escalator to the station.
I didn’t even have to go outside.
The station is located in the old James Foley Post Office on 33rd and 8th Avenue.
The post office is still there, not just as big.
The old Penn Station not only had Long Island Railroad trains, but the subway, Amtrak and New Jersey transit trains.
Now, the New Jersey Transit trains just leave from the old Penn Station, which is still across the street, underneath Madison Square Garden.
However, if your Amtrak train gets in after midnight, sorry, the new Penn Station is closed.
Your train will go to the old Penn Station.
My only complaint with the new Penn Station is the tracks for the Long Island Railroad trains aren’t close to the Amtrak trains.
Coming back from Washington DC, my FLIX Bus stopped next door.
I had to run to catch a 6:45pm train which left from track 18.
Track 18 WASN’T on the main floor.
Needless to say the Sports Diva wasn’t a happy camper being a real New Yorker, running through a terminal to catch a train that was leaving in 10 minutes, loaded down with a purse and a carry-on suitcase.
There are no escalators going down just a ramp and stairs.
(I made my train, by the way)
What I love about this terminal is that you can’t loiter if you don’t have a ticket, and there’s enough security to make sure that happens.
All in all, if the fares are good, I will take Amtrak and enjoy going through the new Penn Station in New York City.