Yesterday, federal, state and city officials broke ground on the Moynihan Station, the long-discussed project to redevelop Penn Station at the Farley Post Office on Eighth Avenue. After years of obstacles, it was more of a "symbolic gesture," welcoming federal money being used for the project (the feds are kicking in $83 million for phase one, which has an estimated total of $276 million).
The Observer points out, "There's [not] much to celebrate just yet: the $1.5 billion reconstruction of the station within the defunct James Farley post office is still years, if not many more decades, away. For now, we get a new concourse, extended platforms, and some glorified subway entrances." Oh, and officials got to demolish a cinderblock wall that had been specially constructed outside the post office—yes, that's Governor Paterson, the Sheriff of Moynihan Station, swinging at the wall.