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New York City Mayor Eric Adams says he would be willing to relocate one of the city’s most iconic locations: Madison Square Garden.
New York is trying to redevelop Penn Station, which for years is located under MSG, “the most famous arena in the world”. But the New York Post reported that Adams “opened the door” to conversations with MSG owner James Dolan about a potential move.
“I’m open,” Adams said Wednesday at Crain’s New York’s “Power Breakfast”. “The Penn Station project is crucial. I think that area is ripe for housing, ripe for real investment.
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“And if that fits Madison Square Garden by moving to another location, maybe we’ll help the Knicks win,” he added. “So we should be willing to talk to Mr. Dolan and see how he fits into the overall scheme of that area.”
The main reason Adams raised it was the city’s housing need, which became 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, to potentially move MSG to Hudson Yards before the Penn Station redevelopment plan comes out. Hochul put a pin in those plans.
Dolan talked about his arena staying exactly where it was in the past, as former Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried to move it to West Manhattan when he was in office.
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The Metropolitan Transit Authority has approved a $ 57 million contract for the Penn Station renovation, architecture and engineering projects.
“We will add a ton of vertical circulation,” MTA CEO Janno Lieber told The Post. “They are stairs, escalators and elevators to get people on and off the tracks.”
New York Knicks and New York Rangers fans may not be too happy should a move happen.
The current Garden was the site of the 1970 NBA Finals won by the Knicks, the 1994 Stanley Cup of the Rangers and Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier’s “The Fight of the Century” in 1971.
Throughout its history, MSG has held several locations. The first two were located in Madison Square on East 26th Street and Madison Avenue in 1879 and 1890. The third MSG in 1925 was in the uptown Eighth Avenue and 50th Street.
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The current MSG is located between 31st and 33rd streets and between 7th and 8th Avenues.