A Toast to the Penn Station Picketers – August 1, 2022

Penn Station protesters, AGBANY picket on August 2, 1962 – David Hirsch

60th Anniversary of the Famed AGBANY Protest 

A Toast to the Penn Station Picketers: Honoring AGBANY, Peter Samton, Diana (Kirsch) Goldstein, and Fellow Demonstrators

Monday, August 1st, 2022, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Tracks Raw Bar and Grill, 220 W 31st St, New York, NY 10001

Justin Rivers of Untapped NY mini tours leaving from in front of Tracks:

5:45 – 6:00 pm

6:05 – 6:20 pm

Remarks, Toasts inside at Tracks:  6:45 pm 

**Cash bar 

The Archive Project celebrates the efforts of the Action Group for Better Architecture (AGBANY) for its effort to prevent the demolition of old Pennsylvania Station. After plans to destroy the terminal were announced, AGBANY utilized the press and took to the streets to advocate for the doomed station. On August 2, 1962, AGBANY led an energized march of hundreds. The group’s efforts to save Penn Station did not succeed; however the campaign brought preservation to the forefront of the public mind and permanently transformed the way New York City residents participated in preservation.


Toast Host Committee  (in formation – see below to join)

Lisa Ackerman

Anthony C. Wood

Kent Barwick

Richard J. Moylan

Roberta Brandes Gratz

Otis & Nancy Pearsall

Robert & Elizabeth Jeffe 

Liz McEnaney

Adrian Untermyer

Brad Vogel

John Reddick

Stephen Facey

Anthony Robins

Gina Pollara

Shirley Ferguson-Jenks

Simeon Bankoff

George Calderaro

Christopher London

Lynn Ellsworth

Richard Southwick

Ronald Shiffman

Dan & Nadezhda Allen

Jeffrey Kroessler

Alexia Lalli

Kate Burns Ottavino

John Massengale

Lansing Moore

Justin Rivers

Rickie James

Arlene Simon

Gail & Jim Addiss 

Kelly Carroll

Catherine Gulevich

Peter Bray

Susan Hopper

Michael Devonshire

Peggy Latimer

Christabel Gough

Susan A. Mathisen

Frank E. Sanchis, III

Kay Ciganovic


Want to Join the Host Committee?

The event is free (with cash bar)…but here’s a special way to honor the picketers:

  1. Email info@nypap.org to let us know you’d like to be listed.
  2. Either send $100 via our donation link…
  3. Or send a check to:

New York Preservation Archive Project

174 E 80th Street

New York, NY 10075