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New York City Mayor Eric Adams says he’s willing to relocate one of the city’s most iconic venues: Madison Square Garden.
New York is trying to rebuild Penn Station, which for years sat beneath MSG, “the most famous arena in the world.” But The New York Post reports that Adams has “opened the door” to conversations with MSG owner James Dolan about a possible move.
“I’m open,” Adams said Wednesday on Crain’s New York “Power Breakfast.” “The Penn Station project is an important project. I think the area is ripe for housing, ripe for real investment.
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“And if it goes somewhere else with Madison Square Garden, we’ll help the Knicks win,” he added. “So we should be willing to talk to Mr. Dolan and see how that fits into the overall plan for that area.”
The main reason Adams raised it was because of the city’s housing needs, which became a top priority on his agenda. The post also noted that Gov. Cathy Hochul has supported plans to redevelop 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 move MSG to Hudson Yards ahead of plans to redevelop Penn Station. Hochul put the pin on those plans.
Dolan said his arena would remain where it was in the past, as former Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried to move it to the west side of Manhattan when he was in office.
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The Metropolitan Transit Authority has approved a $57 million contract for the renovation, architectural and engineering design of Penn Station.
“We’re going to add a ton of vertical circulation,” MTA CEO Jano Lieber told the Post. “It’s the stairs, the escalators and the elevators to take people to the platforms.”
Fans of the New York Knicks and New York Rangers might not be too happy if a move were to happen.
The current Garden was the site of the Knicks’ 1970 NBA Finals, the Rangers’ 1994 Stanley Cup championship, and the 1971 “Fight of the Century” between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
In its history, MSG has occupied various positions. The first two were located at Madison Square and Madison Avenue at East 26th Street in 1879 and 1890.
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The current MSG is located between 31st and 33rd Streets and between Seventh and Eighth Avenues.