By GARY FONVILLE
Forgotten NY correspondent
How many of us have walked by this building at 242 W. 31st Street , across from Madison Square Garden, and never gave it a thought? You can include me in that group. This Charles McKim of McKim, Mead & White-designed edifice was of vital importance to the station that took up two complete blocks in midtown Manhattan. As Pennsylvania Station’s service building, it produced electricity, heat, compressed air, refrigeration and elevator hydraulics. In effect, Pennsylvania Station wouldn’t have been able to operate without it.
The destruction of the original Pennsylvania Station is still lamented by many, including me. The upper part of the station has been gone for over fifty years. But thanks to your webmaster Kevin Walsh, many parts of the original station still exist and have been chronicled in FNY.