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New York’s Original Penn Station: The Rise and Fall of an American Landmark

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Opened in 1910, New York’s Penn Station was one of the most beautiful stations in the world. The Pennsylvania Railway had accomplished what few had imagined: building tunnels underneath the Hudson and East rivers. This book talk chronicles the story of Penn Station from the laying of the first tracks to its demise in the mid-1960s. It looks at the visionary business leader Alexander Cassatt and efforts of the famed McKim, Mead, & White and their inspiration from the Gare d’Orsay in Paris and Baths of Caracalla in Rome. The railway would also facilitate rail travel from Manhattan to South Florida. Through its destruction, the historic preservation movement including in Miami Beach was born. During his presentation, author Paul Kaplan will display historic photos, bringing new life to one of America’s most beloved bygone buildings.




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Paul Kaplan

Author Paul Kaplan has seven past and forthcoming books including a cultural guide to the history of Jewish New York, a sequel cultural guide for Jewish South Florida, a biography on Lillian Wald, the founder of the Visiting Nurse Service, and forthcoming books on the Progressive Era (1890-1920) in New York, a biography on the composer Irving Berlin, and a business marketing book. He has given about 55 book talks at clubs (Harvard, Yale, Princeton clubs), the Union League, museums, community centers, bookstores, libraries, and private events around the US. He’s been featured in media including New York Press, Amsterdam New York, Princeton Magazine, and radio shows including America's Dining & Travel, Woodstock Book Talk, Writer’s Voice, Gordon in the Morning and Let’s Go Travel. He earned a BA in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale College and an MBA from Yale School of Management. He works full time as a Marketing Director for an education technology company. Author website: paulkaplanauthor.com
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