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A Bygone Bus Terminal in Midtown

Christopher Grey remembers the Greyhound Bus Station that used to be located in New York's Midtown. Demolished and forgotten, it never provoked the outrage that arose over the destruction of Penn Station.
November 9, 2011, 11am PST | Tim Halbur
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Built in 1935, Grey writes that the station had to innovate around the still new invention of bus transportation. Quoting from a manual providing guidance to architects on how to build a bus terminal, Grey writes:

"Internal windows overlooking the vehicle area were important, since most passengers still found bus transportation 'somewhat of a mystery,' and were concerned with missing their trip. A separate baggage room was advisable since 'the inconvenience which would result from giving the passengers their luggage immediately upon alighting is obvious.' Truly, bus travel has changed."

The Art Moderne building was built in 1935, and it appears that no one protested when it was destroyed in 1963.

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Published on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 in The New York Times
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