"At this time, the property does not appear to meet the criteria for designation and will not be recommended to the full commission for further consideration as a New York City landmark."
Landmarks Commission Snubs Hotel Pennsylvania Again
Really? This is the criteria:
The Landmarks Law requires that, to be designated, a potential landmark must be at least 30 years old and must possess "a special character or special historical or aesthetic interest or value as part of the development, heritage, or cultural characteristics of the city, state, or nation."
This hotel is historic and was built by McKim, Mead & White who also built the original Penn Station, the demolition of which was responsible for the creation of the LPC. Pretty ironic that the LPC is rubber stamping the destruction of this building, which was named after Penn Station, in order to allow the building of a new Penn Station, which actually looks like it may be dead.
Photo from NY Observer