New York Penn Station

New York Penn Station (NYP)

Train Station
Chelsea, New York
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  • The experts at The New Yorker and The Corcoran Group recommend this place
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  • Mike E.
    "Check out the Krispy Creme near Amtrak!"(107 Tips)
    Michelle K.
    "The best bagels in the morning are at zaro's near NJ transit"(61 Tips)
    Chris R.
    "Very efficient (most of the time) in spite of how crowded it gets."(25 Tips)
    Jeffrey A.
    "Sit in the quiet car! (and be quiet)"(13 Tips)
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  • Dennis B.
    Dennis BJuly 9, 2016
    If you're new here and want an actual seat on your train, please understand that you must prepare to run (or at least walk like hell) at the exact moment that its track number comes up on the board.
    Upvoted Sep 26
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Jeffrey ZeldmanMay 20, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    NY Penn Station famously does not announce tracks until minutes before departure. Skip frantic chaos by requesting redcap service. Redcap will seat you 10 minutes before track is publicly announced!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJanuary 27, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Did you know that leashed dogs are allowed in the station? You can take Fido on your next trip out East or to the Shore, but he must be in a crate when you board the train.
  • Karl W.
    Karl WarrenAugust 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The food court on ticket level is actually quite nice. Lot's of choices at what New Yorkers call resonable prices...the rest of s call it expensive. Two Deli's here that are the real deal
  • Melanie C.
    Melanie ClarkJuly 4, 2013
    Red Caps are awesome!!! Get on the train first and they load your bags. Even one full from a month away from home. Great, free service, but please remember to tip!
  • J Crowley
    J CrowleyApril 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    PRO TIP: Waiting for Amtrak and hoping to get a window seat? Don't stare at the board like a zombie. Make nice with the info booth person. They'll tip you off of the track ahead of time.
  • Paul F.
    Paul FortJanuary 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    After a bad day you can cheer yourself up by yelling "tickets" as you enter each train car on your way to the bathroom. You'll get to see a lot of tickets. And a lot of annoyed people.
    Upvoted Sep 26
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Jeffrey ZeldmanOctober 13, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Hire a redcap in the Acela Lounge. For a $10 tip, you board 15 minutes before everyone else and get the best seat and luggage area in the quiet car.
    Upvoted Oct 13
  • Matt G.
    Matt GiaquintoDecember 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're really polite and the employee is cool, you might get a heads up at the LIRR info window of your train's track assignment before it goes on the big board. Beat the crowd and snag a good seat
  • Berk K.
    Berk KapiciogluApril 21, 2014
    As one of New York's major train stations, this place needs to be torn down and rebuilt from scratch. It is one ugly train station, but our only public transportation option for commuting to Jersey.
  • Metropolis magazine
    Metropolis magazineApril 10, 2012
    Designed by McKim, Mead, and White in 1910. The original Penn Station was an outstanding masterpiece of the Beaux-Arts style and one of the architectural jewels of NYC.
  • Taylor R.
    Taylor RothbellFebruary 20, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    It's the only place I've been verbally assaulted multiple times for being in an interracial relationship. They throw salt in the wound by displaying pictures of the old, beautiful Penn Station.
  • Mikey D.
    Mikey DunnDecember 6, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    NJT Tips to save a life: use Departure Vision on your phone to see if your track's announced, use the Amtrak 8th Ave side if it's crazy busy, and if there are delays: PATH it to Hoboken, don't wait.
  • Dave S.
    Dave SilverstoneSeptember 27, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    When your Amtrak train is departing, you can avoid the line by sneaking down to the LIRR mezz (use the center stairwells) and going down to your track from there. Viola! No line, choice of seats!
  • Eddie
    EddieApril 17, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Though most of the time it's quite busy, overall a easy way to commute to different places all over, which is a good thing. Most trains (LIRR) are on time and plenty of cops and national guard 2 help.
  • Shannan L.
    Shannan LiebOctober 31, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    There seems to be two of everything, so finding a unique meeting place is difficult. Krispy Kreme can work well though-there is only one and it's near the middle of the building.
  • Craige M.
    Craige MooreMarch 30, 2010
    Nowhere else in the world (except maybe Popcorn Land?) can you find so many different popcorn vendors to choose from. The best ones are lower level, the long, white bags (not Zarro's and not the movie
  • Antoine G.
    Antoine G.January 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    It's a big station, there's too many of us here and we're all in a hurry, stop looking so shocked or scared that I brushed past you! Oh and please stay on your right in the stairs. Thanks
  • Gunnar A.
    Gunnar AasenMarch 1, 2015
    Taking Amtrak? The old TV screens on the lower floor next to the track entrances show the departure gates slightly earlier than the big board upstairs.
  • Rob P.
    Rob PegoraroOctober 4, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    That cool, calm, slightly husky woman's voice you hear announcing destinations belongs to Sheila Herriott, and she's been doing that since 1983: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/11/nyregion/11amtrak
  • James L.
    James LaurentiDecember 24, 2011
    Taking the NJ Transit? Don't wait for your train in the main lobby area. Go to the lower level. Great way to avoid the crowd and get on the train and settled sooner.
  • emiliano c.
    emiliano calosJanuary 13, 2015
    They offer FREE wifi ! , if you are taking Amtrak thill will be your hub. They have fast food, pharmacies and security 24/7. Be aware some shady characters do hang around the lobby at night.
  • Jamie C.
    Jamie CahiwatAugust 1, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    If you're traveling on NJ Transit, have a debit/credit card, and don't want the hassle of standing in line: Purchase tickets via the MyTix app. You can buy in advance!
  • Edward D.
    Edward DelfinoOctober 10, 2015
    I really like this place! There are so many food and drink options and its located near the heart of Manhattan. Public restrooms are pretty clean, all things considered.
  • Stephanie D.
    Stephanie DonahueJanuary 15, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Walk don't stop let the locals get to work!! If you are going to any shore points in the summer get there early for your tickets the Lirr is packed starting at 7:30am.
  • Nick P.
    Nick PatrickMay 13, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    This place is always too hot or too cold, so find one of these vents on the ceiling and stand under it to regulate.
  • Danny A.
    Danny AcostaSeptember 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're on an escalator and want to stand and cruise down, please stay to the rightmost side so others can pass you on the left, please. Much appreciated.
  • Melissa F.
    Melissa FecherSeptember 13, 2013
    Europan Cafe on the lower level still makes breakfast sandwiches with REAL eggs cooked to order. no microwaves. might be the only place in Penn that does.
  • Chelsea G.
    Chelsea GarberMarch 10, 2013
    If your here early and the weather is fine sit outside across the street on the post office steps. You won't be able to board your train until ten minutes before departure anyway.
  • Jim W.
    Jim WhiteFebruary 3, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    For those new to NYC, when doors open "in" to a building, they are IN doors, those that open "out" are OUT doors. Here Endeth the lesson. Please choose responsibly.
  • Ben M.
    Ben MartinSeptember 15, 2014
    TGI Fridays has pretty normal prices and its worth it for a place to sit out of traffic and for access to the private bathrooms.
  • Xristo M.
    Xristo MOctober 3, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    if you're real sweet they'll throw wine in a coffee cup so you can chill as you walk through herald sq
  • John S.
    John SimpsonOctober 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I you are on Amtrak 63 or 69 and traveling to Canada, you must check in beforehand and get your ticket stamped. These trains line up on main concourse before boarding.
  • Becka S.
    Becka SimonJuly 1, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    There was once a study done to figure out the dirtiest places in NYC... Ended up the rubber handrails on the escalators in Penn are the dirtiest objects in all of NYC! Porous and touched by millions!
  • Brian H.
    Brian HoeftApril 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Taste D-Lite as self-serve -- my first time seeing that. At the Planet Smoothie across from LIRR ticketing & waiting area. Mix 'em up from among 6-8 flavors and toppings.
  • Jamie S.
    Jamie SikesSeptember 29, 2014
    8th Street entrance gets your right where you need to be. If you need souvenirs, go to the store in the middle the middle with the green sign that says New York.
  • Jodi-Kay L.
    Jodi-Kay Lofters®April 27, 2012
    If you think New Yorkers are weird, then catch the random spurs of talent (and fashion) here... Not a tunnel/underground person but I recommend a it... Get a Metro card, it costs about 4 dollars
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CAugust 15, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    If traveling via Amtrak, leave the waiting area 20 minutes before your scheduled departure and wait with the crowds in view of the large board. There will be a mad dash to the gate when announced!
  • Bumbsy M.
    Bumbsy M.November 15, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Your phone has a silent or vibrate function, you should prob use it on the train. It's not bad enough having to hear your texts come through, but I especially like it when I get to hear you type.
  • dancingqueen f.
    Irish Pub across the street is great way to kill time waiting for bus/train; always find most interesting local ppl-watching fm corner of bar, and you dont get harrassed while charging your ph.
  • Richard R.
    Richard RomanoAugust 8, 2013
    Penn Station was designed with utter contempt for humanity. Look at photos of the original Penn Station and you'll want to take a sledgehammer to this atrocity.
  • Scott N.
    Scott NeubergerAugust 10, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Walk toward A/C/E subway trains & go to the area directly in front of the Starbucks. They have ac vents in the front part of the hall, good to cool off with when its hotter than hell in Penn.
  • Joy S.
    Joy SianMarch 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't be a social moron and talk on your cell longer than 10 mins. Be considerate of the shared space as you're not the only one on the train!
  • Paul F.
    Paul FortJune 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The paper your ticket is printed on is made from a mash of half eaten soft pretzels left between the seats on the train
  • NYC Pride
    NYC PrideNovember 29, 2011
    A proud sponsor of New York City Pride, Amtrak offers comfortable, convenient travel at an affordable price. Plenty of leg room and power outlets in every row. A great way to get where you're going!
  • Alexander R.
    Alexander ReaJuly 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're taking Amtrak head downstairs from the big board and wait there for your track to be called. From there you can go straight to the track and avoid the elevator line upstairs.
  • Desiree K.
    Desiree KaneOctober 4, 2012
    Train travel is borderline orgasmic if you ask me! Free wifi, few distractions unless you want them, and scenery. Yesss.
  • transiTALK Transportation Media Group
    Cross roads of 3 modes of transportation (Subway, Commuter Rail & Bus) and 3 separate transportation entities, NY-Penn is an underground city in itself that is not to be ignored. Check it out!
  • jeffstyle ..
    jeffstyle .comApril 22, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    If you're on the port washington drunk train (3:19), the craziness can be avoided most nights - walk 3-4 cars past the first cars with open doors. It's worth it.
  • David H.
    David HowlandAugust 28, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Everyone complains about Penn but once you learn where everything is it works pretty well. No great food options except for multiple Dunkin Donuts.
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