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May 20, 2013 | By Verena Dobnik, Associated Press
NEW YORK - The busiest passenger train station in the United States is a 1960s-era, utilitarian labyrinth in the basement of a basketball arena. Pennsylvania Station, a gateway to the nation's biggest city, was designed to accommodate about 200,000 riders a day. Now, it is packed with more than 600,000. At rush hours, it resembles a human demolition derby. All it takes to strand hundreds of thousands of people is a glitch on one of only two tracks linking Manhattan to New Jersey under the Hudson River.
NEWS
February 1, 2011 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
Penn Station in New York City became a gigantic ad for Philadelphia last weekend as the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. installed 225 "With Love, Philadelphia" ads, even wrapping station steps. A GPTMC rep said Philly was the first U.S. destination ever to "dominate" the Manhattan transit hub. The rep said it cost upward of $325,000 for the ads, which will be exposed to six million station users through February. The GPTMC is in the midst of a $1.2 million winter publicity blitz.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 29, 2000 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
In many ways, life for the people of Marc Singer's sobering, unsettling documentary, Dark Days, is full of the humdrum of the everyday world: There's TV to watch, there are meals to cook, commutes to make. There's a man who bakes cornbread for breakfast. Another is keen on darts, and one young guy keeps a small pack of dogs. There's laundry to do, there are walls to paint, coffee to brew, conversations to be had. Just watch out for the rats, the cops, and the trains. Dark Days, a hit at Sundance and on the festival circuit, is a revealing, if occasionally frustrating, account of a community of homeless New Yorkers who live in a makeshift shantytown several layers beneath Amtrak's bustling Penn Station.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2008 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
The name doesn't exactly trip off the tongue: The 8th Non-COMMvention gathering of Triple A radio stations hosted by WXPN-FM (88.5). But what that not-really-a-word neologism means is that more than 300 representatives of about 50 radio stations - most non-commercial - are having a confab that runs through today at World Cafe Live and the Inn at Penn, says 'XPN general manager Roger LaMay. The radio programmers, record label owners and music promoters seeking their favor are being serenaded by acts like the Hold Steady, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Ani DiFranco and Dr. John.
BUSINESS
August 17, 1990 | By Larry Fish, Inquirer Staff Writer
Businesspeople who secretly enjoy their Metroliner trips because of the respite from office routine will find something ominous about Amtrak's latest marketing ploy. A newly rebuilt passenger car, shown off in Penn Station here Wednesday, will soon make it possible to conduct full-scale meetings while traveling between New York and Washington. Amtrak's Conference Car comes with a private room and an oak table seating eight, a speaker-equipped telephone, a wall-mounted marker board, and a videocassette player and television.
NEWS
May 4, 1993 | By Thomas J. Brady, with reports from Inquirer wire services
PENN STATION MAY MOVE TO RIGHT SIDE OF THE TRACKS Designs were unveiled yesterday for a new $315 million Penn Station in New York, and proponents hope it will evoke the majesty of the original train station torn down in 1964. The new station would be in the landmark General Post Office building, constructed in 1918 as a companion to the original Penn Station. The post office is moving most of those facilities to a new building this year. The current Penn Station is across the street, beneath Madison Square Garden.
NEWS
December 14, 2003 | By Victoria Donohoe INQUIRER ART CRITIC
It is hard to find an architectural sin that has been more spectacularly spotlighted, more vehemently attacked, than the destruction of New York's magnificent Pennsylvania Station during the 1960s. Now comes an exhibit "Machine, Monument and Metropolis: New York's Pennsylvania Station" at the Hagley Museum in Delaware that helps us come to terms with that loss and examine what the Penn Station project means to us today during the centennial of its launch. This impressive show evolved from the rich resources of Hagley's railroad archives.
NEWS
November 9, 2011 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
All Amtrak service between Philadelphia and New York City is suspended as investigators probe the death of a trespasser on the tracks near Trenton. A southbound Acela Express struck and killed a person about 12:50 p.m. in Hamilton Township. About 170 passengers were aboard the No. 2117 which had left Penn Station in New York at noon and was due in Philadelphia at 1:08. There were no reported injuries to passengers or crew, said an Amtrak spokesman. Contact staff writer Sam Wood at 215-854-2796, samwood@phillynews.com , or @inqwriter on Twitter.
NEWS
August 31, 2004 | By Amy S. Rosenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
So the subways were a strange phenomenon known as mellow; no need to jostle, seats for all. Commutes were basically uneventful, once you got used to the bomb-sniffing dogs, anyway. But those brave, few New Yorkers who couldn't get out of going to work on the first day of the Republican National Convention still found they had to sacrifice something quite dear to them. Jaywalking. "You can't cross in the middle," complained Dan Hornstein, 27, a student at Excelsior College, a block from Madison Square Garden, where barricades, concrete barriers, and block-long bomb checkpoints for delegate buses kept pedestrians from straying.
NEWS
May 9, 2008 | By Richard Stowe
Home to 56.3 million people, the nation's capital, and powerful financial, media and academic institutions, the Northeast region produces 20 percent of America's GDP and 27 million jobs, but is only 2 percent of the nation's landmass. The mega-sprawlopolis is most clearly defined by the intensity of its sky glow at night, light pollution symbolic of the profligate energy consumed by short-haul flights and millions of automobiles. Amtrak owns and operates the Northeast Corridor from Washington to Boston.
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FOOD
February 26, 2016
This week alone will bring the announcements of three significant restaurant projects planned this summer by out-of-town operators: Scarpetta , a splashy Italian out of New York, coming to the Rittenhouse Hotel; Tasty Tuscan , billed as a four-star Italian (by Italian businessmen) with a marketplace, coming to the former Tashan space at 777 S. Broad St.; and, if scuttlebutt is correct, P.J. Clarke's , an offshoot of the century-plus-old New York City saloon, setting up in the Curtis Center on Washington Square.
NEWS
May 18, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, VINNY VELLA & STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writers gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THE NATIONAL Transportation Safety Board held its fourth and final news conference yesterday about its probe into the fatal crash of Amtrak Train 188, but the update did little to quell the tide of questions circulating since the train derailed late Tuesday. In fact, it only generated more uncertainty - including whether the train was struck by an unknown projectile mere moments before flying off the track at more than 100 mph. "Over the last few days, we've gotten a lot done," the NTSB's Robert Sumwalt told reporters at the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel, on Dock Street near 2nd. "But there's a lot that still needs to be done, as our team remains in the area.
NEWS
June 14, 2014 | By Lydia O'Neal and Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writers
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah wants to rename 30th Street Station in honor of the late Bill Gray, his predecessor in Pennsylvania's Second District. Fattah, a Philadelphia Democrat, introduced legislation Wednesday to name the station "William H. Gray III 30th Street Station. " Every Democratic and Republican House member from Pennsylvania has signed on as a cosponsor of the measure. Renaming an Amtrak station is not unprecedented. In 2011, Amtrak renamed its Wilmington stop the Joseph R. Biden Jr. Railroad Station.
SPORTS
February 6, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The first Seahawks fan hadn't yet boarded NJ Transit for Secaucus on Sunday when Don Smolenski reminded everyone just how much Jeffrey Lurie and the Eagles want to host a Super Bowl. The Eagles president, Smolenski was on the phone a few days before Super Bowl XLVIII, making it clear that he and Lurie were keeping a close eye on how New York and New Jersey handled the run-up to the big game. That way, they'd be better prepared to make their bid for a Super Bowl in Philadelphia and at Lincoln Financial Field.
BUSINESS
June 8, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Faster, better passenger train service on the overcrowded Northeast Corridor will require more cooperation - and money - from eight states and the District of Columbia, eight commuter rail agencies, Amtrak, and freight railroads, rail experts said this week. A new federal law requires the many users of the 457-mile corridor to come up with a cost-sharing plan by October 2014, and local transit authorities such as SEPTA fear that will mean higher costs for them. States as well are struggling to pay for new Amtrak requirements.
NEWS
May 20, 2013 | By Verena Dobnik, Associated Press
NEW YORK - The busiest passenger train station in the United States is a 1960s-era, utilitarian labyrinth in the basement of a basketball arena. Pennsylvania Station, a gateway to the nation's biggest city, was designed to accommodate about 200,000 riders a day. Now, it is packed with more than 600,000. At rush hours, it resembles a human demolition derby. All it takes to strand hundreds of thousands of people is a glitch on one of only two tracks linking Manhattan to New Jersey under the Hudson River.
FOOD
April 5, 2013 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Every so often, Elena Wu retires and sells her eponymous restaurants: First Marlton, then Voorhees, then Mount Laurel. Wu - a onetime culinary instructor who entered the restaurant business in 1986 - has returned with Elena Wu Restaurant , which recently joined the restaurant row at Voorhees Town Center (12106 Town Center Blvd., 856-375-2289, elenawurestaurant.com). Just to make things interesting for your GPS: Chez Elena Wu - which she sold in 2008 - is five minutes away in Voorhees' Ritz Center.
NEWS
April 1, 2013 | By William Ecenbarger
I first saw a major-league baseball game when I was 11 years old, and always, when the teams get ready to play again in the first week of April, the decades crumble away and the memory of the spring day returns with the persistence of gravity. It was Opening Day 1951, and my father took me to Yankee Stadium, where, just as they will Monday, the Yankees were playing the Boston Red Sox. We boarded the subway around noon. There was an enormous shudder of sound, then a screech, like a blade being sharpened, and a rush of hot air. The long ride to the Bronx was a rocking, light-flashing affair, and I neared Yankee Stadium as eager as Darwin approaching the Galapagos.
NEWS
March 14, 2012
"Philadelphia should put all its effort towards preparing their bid to be the host of the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. "I think Philadelphians sometimes don't realize what they really have here. ... We have the best facilities for athletic events in North America and possibly the world. We have three world-class facilities in South Philly, not to mention the colleges and the universities we have in the city and outside the city. ... "The second thing that we have is, we have infrastructure.
NEWS
November 9, 2011 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
All Amtrak service between Philadelphia and New York City is suspended as investigators probe the death of a trespasser on the tracks near Trenton. A southbound Acela Express struck and killed a person about 12:50 p.m. in Hamilton Township. About 170 passengers were aboard the No. 2117 which had left Penn Station in New York at noon and was due in Philadelphia at 1:08. There were no reported injuries to passengers or crew, said an Amtrak spokesman. Contact staff writer Sam Wood at 215-854-2796, samwood@phillynews.com , or @inqwriter on Twitter.
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