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New York City Mayor Eric Adams says he’s ready to move one of the city’s most iconic venues: Madison Square Garden.
New York is attempting to redesign Penn Station, which for years has been under the MSG, “the world’s most famous arena.” But the New York Post reported Adams “opened the door” to talks with MSG owner James Dolan about a potential move.
“I’m open,” Adams said Wednesday at Crain’s New York “Power Breakfast.” “The Penn Station project is critical. I think this area is ripe for housing, ripe for real investment.
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“And if that fits into Madison Square Garden and moves somewhere else, maybe we’ll help the Knicks win,” he added. “So we should be ready to talk to Mr. Dolan and see how it fits into the overall concept of this area.”
The main reason Adams brought it up was the city’s housing needs, which has become a top priority on his agenda. The Post also mentioned that Gov. Kathy Hochul supports the plan to rebuild the area.
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Crain’s New York Business also uncovered a secret conversation Dolan had with Related Companies, a real estate giant, about potentially moving MSG to Hudson Yards before Penn Station’s redevelopment plan is released. Hochul stuck a pin in those plans.
Dolan has spoken of his arena remaining exactly where it was in the past, when ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried to move it to Manhattan’s west side when he was in office.
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The Metropolitan Transit Authority approved a $57 million contract for Penn Station’s renovation, architectural and engineering designs.
“We’re going to add a ton of vertical distribution,” MTA CEO Janno Lieber told The Post. “These are stairs, escalators and elevators to get people on and off the platforms.”
New York Knicks and New York Rangers fans might not be too happy if a move were made.
The current garden was the site of the 1970 NBA Finals, which was won by the Knicks, the Rangers’ 1994 Stanley Cup Championship, and Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier’s The Fight of the Century in 1971.
MSG has had various locations throughout its history. The first two were in 1879 and 1890 in Madison Square at East 26th Street and Madison Avenue. The third MSG in 1925 was uptown at Eighth Avenue and 50th Street.
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The current MSG is located between 31st through 33rd Streets and between Seventh and Eighth Avenues.