Gregory Sanders and his partner, Keisha Washington, had just arrived at Pennsylvania Station in New York from Pennsylvania Station in Newark on Saturday night. The trip was beside the point. Mr. Sanders, 47, and Ms. Washington, 39, were homeless, and they needed a place to stay as a fierce winter cold gripped the region.
"The plan for the night is to try and stay warm," Ms. Washington said. "And to sleep in here until they wake you up."
Mr. Sanders, who was carrying his belongings in a black trash bag, added that they chose the station because "they don't kick you out here."