The LIRR Concourse Project is Underway: What’s Happening Behind the Wall?

The LIRR Concourse Project is Underway: What’s Happening Behind the Wall?

Following the timely completion of the iconic new East End Gateway entrance to Penn Station at 33rd Street and 7th Avenue, work is advancing on the next phase of the project – the new LIRR Concourse.

Over the past couple months, retail along the 33rd Street Corridor has been closed, construction barriers were erected, and wood decking was installed overhead to protect the public during construction. These changes have prompted some commuters to ask: “What’s happening behind the wall?”

This video highlights the demonstrable progress made on the LIRR Concourse Project. Above the wood decking, structural work is being done to raise the ceiling height to 18 feet. And behind the construction walls, the old retail areas are being redeveloped to facilitate the widening of the corridor from 30 to 57 feet—nearly doubling the width.

Upon completion in 2023, the LIRR Concourse Project will also include substantial improvements to lighting and air flow, new wayfinding signage, enhanced retail and dining options, and key accessibility upgrades.

So what’s behind the wall? A bigger and brighter Penn Station!