Penn Station

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Bar Below Kitchen & Cocktail Vault Will Bring Comfort Fare to the Penn Station Neighborhood

    The neighborhood around Penn Station, long a culinary black hole, is showing signs of life, not least because of the redevelopment of Hudson Yards, which will bring skyscrapers, housing, and, yes, restaurants to the area. We told you recently about the forthcoming Trattoria Bianca, and now we have d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    Here Are This Week's Four Best Happy Hour Specials in NYC

    If you didn't notice, May is almost half over, and you're a little more than a week away from Memorial Day weekend. Celebrate by toasting at one of these four happy hours.

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Hack the Bar: What to Order When the Boozy Pickings Are Slim

    If you're not already hunkered down in your hometown for a lot of festive family time, you're likely steeling yourself for the massive transit clusterfuck that awaits. Our advice if you're in the latter boat: Drink, but no so much that you can't navigate the eighth circle of hell that is Penn Statio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Cheap Drinks at Allswell, Open Door, Smithfield, and Saints Tavern

    Courtesy Saints TavernThe snow may be gone, but it's freezing outside -- so perhaps you need somewhere to warm up. Here are a few places that will provide shelter while hooking you up with cheap drinks.

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2013

    The Health Department Finds Roaches in the Penn Station Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell

    If you've recently been to the combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell in Penn Station, you might want to think about where that extra crunch in your Cool Ranch Doritos taco comes from: On November 8 the Department of Health shut down the establishment -- which is also connected to a Nathan's Hot Dogs, ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 3, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Where to Eat Near the Grand Central and Penn Station in Today's Village Voice

    "A good meal isn't hard to come by in this town, but what does our metropolis provide for hungry travelers as they stagger to and from their destinations?" asks Zachary Feldman. Many of this city's travelers, he notes, use Penn Station or Grand Central as their hub, both places with good edible opti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    PHOTOS OF THE DAY: The New York City Ent, Spotted Again at Penn Station

    Have you seen this Ent? Last week, a tipster sent us a photo of a person on stilts dressed like a tree near the Upper West Side Whole Foods. This week, one of our readers spotted TreeBeard again, this time ducking the ceilings at Penn Station. @Taborifica tells us that Mr. Beard barely fit in the tu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Boston Shutdown Snarls Penn Station

    With Boston in a full lock-down due to the ongoing manhunt for the surviving suspect in Monday's marathon bombings, travelers throughout the northeast found themselves facing delays and cancellations today.

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    The New "On The Go!" Digital Subway Maps Are A Tourist's Dream Come True

    Aside from a subway death solution, a review of the G train and a whole slew of transportation inconveniences, the MTA is also in need of a technological upgrade. Luckily, that'll be arriving shortly (the other issues mentioned... maybe not so much). Two summers ago, the agency installed several ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    The Meatball Shop Opens a New Spot in Chelsea

    Michael Chernow and Daniel Holzman will now be slinging meatballs around Chelsea at the Meatball Shop's newest outpost. The spot on Ninth Avenue has 60 seats, a new cocktail list (including jello shots), and "Underballs," a first-come first-serve bar in the basement, which serves the full menu and i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Overcrowded Subway Stations? MTA Says 'Shut 'Em Down (Maybe)'

    If you can't beat them, give up and lock everyone else out. We have all seen/felt the horrors of subway congestion. That time around 5 or 6pm, when it seems like everyone in the world wants to go exactly where you're going, and every crevice at said station is packed beyond despair. And that moment ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Fast-Food Workers Walk Out Across NYC, Demand Higher Wages

    Newly formed strike-organizer Fast Food Forward is coordinating a protest with hundreds of the city's fast-food workers today, beginning with the 280 Madison Avenue McDonald's at 6:30 this morning, where employees walked out demanding better wages. More strikes are expected today at noon in Penn S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2012

    How to Handle Penn Station Without Popping a Xanax

    There's an advertisement on the subways that you might have seen. It describes a project in the works - the largest public works extravaganza in the country - known as East Side Access: a portal from Grand Central Terminal that will outsource time and trains from Penn Station. As the sign says, "Com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Penn Station Florists See a Goldmine in Desperate Commuters

    Race through Penn Station today, and you're likely to find an assortment of insanely expensive wilted roses -- and thousands of desperate men willing to pay $45 for a bouquet that normally costs $18. For Fredo, a flower vendor who has set up shop next to an Auntie Anne's in the cavernous halls of P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    See Ya, 2011: A Look Back at Our Top Posts of the Year

    2011 was a big year for listicles here at Fork in the Road. Our weekly Friday "10 Best" posts nabbed eight of the 10 most popular stories of the year. Of course, we did more than name the tastiest (and occasionally worst) things to eat in New York and review fast-food items. We also highlighted the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Vehicle on Fire Reported in Midtown, Near Macy's [Updated]

    ​We're hearing reports that there's a school bus or another vehicle on fire at 35th Street and 7th Avenue, near Macy's. The Corcoran Group has Tweeted a photo, saying, "A truck is on fire outside Macys on 7th Avenue, sounds of explosions nearby." The FDNY tells us there is smoke in the area a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2011

    Dish No. 5: Shio Ramen at Tabata

    Save for the Best Things to Eat in Penn Station, not a lot of tasty grub can be found in the 30s on the Far West Side. So we were excited when we chanced upon Tabata, a new ramen shop at 540 Ninth Avenue (212-290-7691). The menu offers a range of noodle soups, plus a selection of standard apps and ... More >>

  • Film

    June 29, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Our 10 Best and Cheapest Grand Central Station Eats

    ​Dive into the comparative culinary wonderland! For two railroad terminals only two-thirds of a mile apart as the crow flies, the chow couldn't be more different. Penn Station is awash in cheesy fast-food, and the rancid smell fills your nostrils as you run for the train. By contrast, the cu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best and Cheapest Eats at Grand Central Station

    ​Will Ciao Bella's dulce de leche (caramel) crepe place in the top 10? Whether or not, it's awfully good. Last month we traipsed through Penn Station and found some decent eats in a fast-food wasteland. Tomorrow, we'll plunge into Grand Central Station, and I guarantee, the pickens will be e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Montenapo Owners Finally Give Up

    feistyfoodie.comSecond time was no charm.​Not even Gennaro Sbarro, formerly of the pizza chain that carries his family name, could save the doomed restaurant in the New York Times building. Montenapo has closed for the second time since it opened just under two years ago.

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Our 10 Best and Cheapest Penn Station Eats

    ​Looking very much like a prison entrance, the door to Penn Station beckons. Let's face it, Penn Station is never going to be a foodie destination. The hallways are too thronged, the smells too rancid, the eateries too narrow, with tables too filthy. Yet in this great dung heap of a railway ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Posts of the Week

    It's Friday, blessed Friday, and time for a look back at the week that was: Our 10 best and cheapest Pennsylvania Station eats. Mile End's Noah Bernamoff talked about what's next for the restaurant, keeping Jewish food alive, and schmaltz. Vermin roaming your apartment? If you can't beat 'em, eat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best and Cheapest Eats at Penn Station

    ​Will this be your fate, doomed to eat expensive, endlessly rolling tube steaks, OR ... We've all had the experience, dashing through Pennsylvania Station to catch a train, and wanting something cheap, fast, and delicious, but despairing of finding anything that's not pricey as well as repu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    New York City Is Full of Suspicious Packages

    ​Both Penn Station and the New York offices of Bank Hapoalim in midtown Manhattan were the sites today of a "suspicious package" search, though both alarms proved to be false. At gates 13 and 14 in Penn Station, cops came to check out something vaguely worrisome and eventually called things "a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    You Are Washing Your Hands Wrong, and By Wrong, We Mean Not at All

    ​According to a report released Monday by the American Society for Microbiology and the American Cleaning Institute, a whole lot of dirty, dirty people in the US of A don't wash their hands. Which means we're either gross or lazy. Or gross and lazy. This includes 20 percent of people at Penn S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    LIRR Service Schedule Ruh Roh: An Easy Guide to Messy Monday's Rail Problems (Or "Good Luck, Suckers!")

    The Long Island Railroad has been all kinds of messed up today: a switch problem and cable fire resulted in suspended service that now has only 60% of the trains that typically run out of Penn Station during Rush Hour moving commuters home tonight. Here's what you should know:

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Tomorrow Is National Doughnut Day, and There Will Be Freeloading Opportunities in Midtown

    arnold inuyaki/FlickrEven tastier when free.​Tomorrow, untold numbers of our compatriots will observe the festival of fried dough that is National Doughnut Day. In Midtown, that celebration will be commemorated at certain neighborhood Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kremes, where Midtown Lunch repor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    Getting from Penn Station to Long Beach in Less Than Two Minutes? Priceless (Video)

    For those of you work-from-homers who every so often wax nostalgic of your old commute (or for those of you who, like us, just enjoy time elapsed things), here's a rather cool MTA video of the Long Island Railroad journey from Penn Station to Long Beach -- which normally takes 54 minutes -- in a min ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    L Train Twitter Tales, Part 2: That "Shit Don't Show In My Drug Test"

    Actual Twitter background of Tweeter #8 When it comes to L Train service, Williamsburg's skinny-jean choked underground thoroughfare, you never know what sort of experience you'll encounter--homeless dude Aladdin sing-a-longs (saw it yesterday), public drunkenness across the spectrum, and, most reli ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 9, 2010


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  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Straphangers Award "Pokeys" for Slowest Buses; M42, B63 Big Winners

    The NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign and Transportation Alternatives have announced their eighth annual Pokey Awards for the city's slowest buses, and the surprise winner is the M42 that lumbers between the Javits Center and First Avenue on 42nd Street. By the sponsors' calculations, the M42 achieves a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2009

    Moynihan Station back on track

    ‚Äč Governor Paterson and Senator Schumer announced today that hold-out Amtrak is on board with plans to repurpose the Farley Post Office Building (across from Madison Square Garden and the current location of Penn Station) into Moynihan Station. Penn Station currently handles ~25% of Amtrak's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    New Fast Train Will Take You to Atlantic City, Penury

    The unemployment numbers are tough, so it's a good time to head for Atlantic City and make the rent the old-fashioned way. Today Atlantic City Express Service, aka ACES, joins Jersey Governor Jon Corzine to christen their direct (with one stop in Newark) weekend service between Penn Station and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    Hotel Penn Offers $11 Rooms to Geezers, Scammers

    The ancient Hotel Pennsylvania has seen much better days -- its Trip Advisor reviews range from "Horrible!!!!! Disgusting!!!!" to "Not as bad as people make out" -- and allegedly faces the wrecker's ball. But it's not going down without a fight. Newyorkology reports that if you spend one night ther ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2008
  • NYC Life

    November 13, 2007

    Social Engineering

    All aboard at Grand Central with headless models and StoryCorps

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2007

    Quantifying the Taxi Strike's Effect

    There were plenty of cabs cruising the streets of the Village this morning. The taxi strike is on but its effectiveness will surely be a matter of debate. Expect the city to say it was nothing, and the group that called the work stoppage to deem it a success. The Associated Press, New York Times, ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    January 24, 2006
  • NYC Life

    October 25, 2005

    Vale of Cashmere

    My father carved animal soaps. Every month there was a new animal

  • Specials

    October 18, 2005
  • Theater

    August 2, 2005

    Trash and Vaudeville

    A Guide to the New York International Fringe Festival's Recycling Program

  • News

    November 16, 2004

    Brew Ho Ho

    Sud-slinging santas toast the season

  • News

    August 10, 2004

    The Ghosts of Penn Station

    As the Republican National Convention nears, street people have started to disappear

  • NYC Life

    March 9, 2004
  • Art

    May 6, 2003

    Empire of Signs

    Investigating Imperialism With Julian LaVerdiere

  • Long Island Voice

    October 19, 1999
  • News

    June 8, 1999

    Ticket to Tomorrow

    Now Arriving at Penn Station, an Era of High-Tech Building

  • News

    November 17, 1998

    Welcome to the Dollhouse

    The Big Allure of Tiny Photography

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