1,200-foot amusement ride proposed for Penn Station

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NEW YORK — Catching a train at New York’s Penn Station is no thrill. But a development team has proposed a novel plan to overhaul the station: Build a 1,200-foot thrill ride on top of it and pay for renovations by charging $35 a ticket.

The plan submitted to state officials envisions a transparent tower called the Halo with 11 gondolas offering free-fall rides of varying speeds.

Brooklyn Capital Partners chairman John Gerber says the ride is feasible from an engineering standpoint.

Gerber and his partner submitted their plan after Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo put out a request for proposals to renovate the rail hub.

They say the ride could generate up to $38 million a year.

The agency that’s reviewing proposals says it can’t comment until a development team has been chosen.

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