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New York City Mayor Eric Adams says he would be willing to move one of the city’s most iconic landmarks: Madison Square Garden.
New York is trying to rebuild Penn Station, which for years has sat under MSG, “the most famous stadium in the world.” But The New York Post reported that Adams “opened the door” to talks with MSG owner James Dolan about a possible move.
“I’m open,” Adams said Wednesday at Crain’s “Power Breakfast” in New York. “The Penn Station project is crucial. I think the area is ready for housing, it’s ready for real investment.
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“And if that fits with moving Madison Square Garden 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 bigger picture in that area.”
The main reason Adams brought it up was because of the city’s need for housing, 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, to potentially move MSG to Hudson Yards before the Penn Station redevelopment plan came to light. Hochul put a pin in those plans.
Dolan has spoken of his stadium staying exactly 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 designs for Penn Station.
“We’re going to add a ton of vertical circulation,” MTA CEO Janno Lieber told The Post. “Those are stairs, escalators and elevators for people to get on and off 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 Rangers’ 1994 Stanley Cup championship, and Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier’s “Fight of the Century” in 1971.
In its history, MSG has occupied different locations. 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 at the top of 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.