The Conservancy was on board for creating a modern train hall in the landmark Farley Post Office from the day Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan announced the idea in the 1990s. We helped form a Friends group to promote the development; lobbied in Washington for Federal Funding; strongly opposed a proposal to move Madison Square Garden into the back of Farley, and participated in the formal Federal and State review processes. We continued to urge building the train hall through decades of bureaucratic and political delays. After Governor Cuomo announced in 2016 that he would complete what is now the “Moynihan Train Hall,” we had tours of the development for trustees and members, and regular updates from Moynihan officials.
Conservancy Trustee Frank Sciame helped save the giant steel trusses which are a defining feature of the hall when there was a debate over removing them. The long-awaited result is the elegant entry to New York that Senator Moynihan desired.