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It covered nearly eight acres, extended two city blocks, and housed one of the largest public spaces in the world. In 1909, the Pennsylvania Railroad built tunnels under New York City's Hudson and East Rivers, connecting New York with New England, and terminating in one of the greatest architectural achievements of its time, Pennsylvania Station. But 53 years later, the monumental building was destroyed.
The Rise and Fall of Penn Station premieres on American Experience PBS February 18, 2014 at 9 pm.