Reimagining Penn Station, Grand Central, JFK, LaGuardia and the City’s Streets


Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Reimagining Penn Station, Grand Central, JFK, LaGuardia and the City’s Streets with Roger Duffy, Senior Consulting Design Partner, SOM; Temoor Ahmad, Associate Principal, Grimshaw; Anne Fletcher, Principal, HOK; Story Bellows, Partner CityFi and moderated by Greg Lindsay, Senior Fellow, New Cities Foundation.

Around the world, mega-airports like Dubai’s World Central are setting the new bar, while in New York, even modest enhancements to our airports have long proven elusive. That all is poised to change with the transformations afoot at John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia Airports. Exactly what will these revamps bring? Will New York get our “Aerotropolis?”

New York’s train stations and subways are likewise undergoing much-needed large-scale overhauls. At Grand Central Station, renovations will make room for 2,200 more riders every hour; Penn-Moynihan station expansion will bring will transform the James A. Farley post office into an enormous 250,000-square-foot train hall with 50% more room for commuters.

But even with these major improvements to how New York City will be moving its denizens around over the next decades, be it above ground or below, without pedestrian-focused streets and new design standards to lessen congestion, our City cannot reach its highest levels of inclusivity, creativity and safety. New York is making historic changes here too, giving the streets back to New Yorkers in empowering ways.

Don’t miss a rare opportunity to hear from these architectural masterminds and urban visionaries.