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New York City Mayor Eric Adams has said he would be willing to move one of the city’s most iconic landmarks: Madison Square Garden.
New York is trying to redevelop Penn Station, which for years sat beneath MSG, “the world’s most famous arena.” 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 “Power Breakfast” in New York. “The Penn Station project is crucial. I think this area is ripe for housing, is ripe for real investment.
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“And if that fits Madison Square Garden moving to another location, maybe we’ll help the Knicks win,” he added. “So we should be willing to speak with Mr. Dolan and see how that fits into the overall scheme of that area.”
The main reason Adams brought it up was the city’s need for housing, which became a top priority on his agenda. The Post also mentioned that Governor Kathy Hochul supports the area’s reconstruction plan.
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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 relocate MSG to Hudson Yards ahead of the Penn Station redevelopment plan. Hochul put a pin in those plans.
Dolan said his arena remained exactly where it had been 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 contract worth $57 million for the renovation, architectural and engineering design of Penn Station.
“We’re going to add a ton of vertical traffic,” MTA CEO Janno Lieber told The Post. “These are stairs, escalators and elevators to get people up and down on the platforms.”
New York Knicks and New York Rangers fans might not be too happy if a move were to happen.
The current garden was the site of the 1970 NBA Finals won by the Knicks, the 1994 Stanley Cup championship for the Rangers, and “The Fight of the Century” by Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in 1971.
During its history, MSG has occupied different sites. The first two were located in Madison Square at East 26th Street and Madison Avenue in 1879 and 1890. The third MSG in 1925 was in uptown at Eighth Avenue and 50th Street.
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The current MSG is located between 31st and 33rd Streets and between Seventh and Eighth Avenues.