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article about Madison Square Garden's future in 7/1 NY Post

Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:31 am ... dactwbZPYP

Goodbye, garden
•Last Updated: 10:51 PM, June 30, 2013
•Posted: July 01, 2013

A key City Council committee has just offered to let Madison Square Garden stay on its own land above Penn Station for another 10 years. Generous, no?

Given New York pols’ fondness for strong-arming private businesses, you might have expected the council members to give the Garden a mere 30 days’ notice.

But at least all the key parties are finally being honest: They want the Garden gone.

Never mind that the owners have spent billions of their own cash for the land, the building and renovations and have every legal right to stay where they are.

Or that the stated rationale for evicting them — the need to rebuild Penn Station — would require a multiparty agreement on a viable plan, and billions in funding, by the city of New York, the state of New York, the state of New Jersey, the federal government, Amtrak, the Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit and, oh yeah, the United States Postal Service.

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Which is to say: Expect world peace first.

But again, at least now we all know that the real goal has always been to oust MSG from its own property. That’s an improvement over the earlier, deceptive claims that the Garden could remain on its land if it cooperated in fixing up the station.

Indeed, in seeking to renew MSG’s permit for 10 years, as the committee did, rather than indefinitely, as is usually the case, Speaker Chris Quinn and her minions sent a clear message: The Garden should start packing.

Nice way to treat a viable commercial concern that contributes nearly $1 billion a year to the city’s economy, millions in tax revenues and 6,000 full- and part-time jobs.

Quinn is joined in her arrogance by at least two of her fellow act-now-think-later mayoral wannabes, Bill de Blasio and John Liu. Bill Thompson and Republican Joe Lhota, to their credit, say the Garden should stay as long as it likes.

What troubles us most about all this, as we’ve said before, is the message it sends to businesses. When a private institution as central to the city’s cultural and economic fabric as the Garden can be so cavalierly threatened by city government, what private business can feel safe?

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Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:23 am

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New York lawmakers vote 47-1 to move Madison Square Garden in 10 years

The City Council voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to see the iconic midtown Manhattan arena move.


Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 10:04 PM

Updated: Thursday, July 25, 2013, 1:04 PM


New York's City Council has voted to make Madison Square Garden potentially move from midtown Manhattan after 10 years.

Madison Square Garden now faces a 10-year shot clock to leave its midtown location.

The City Council voted Wednesday to limit the arena’s permit for its location atop Penn Station to a decade — ignoring pleas from the Garden’s owners and celebrities like Knicks superfan Spike Lee and former Knicks greats like Earl Monroe and Walt Frazier, who lobbied the Council to extend the Garden’s permit indefinitely.

Council members say they would rather see the Garden move to make way for an improved Penn Station and voted, 47 to 1, to offer the more limited permit, although it could be extended in the future.

“Madison Square Garden will have to move, and I think this permit sends the message that that work needs to begin now,” City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said. “We need to make sure Penn Station becomes what we need it to be, a really 21st century grand entrance into the greatest city in the world, not ... what Sen. [Daniel] Moynihan or others historically described as a bunch of rat tunnels that lead people in and out of the city every day.”

Since the City Planning Department already approved the permit, the Council vote makes it final. It does not need a signoff from Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The Madison Square Garden Company predicted the arena has a “bright” future. “Madison Square Garden has operated at its current site for generations, and has been proud to bring New Yorkers some of the greatest and most iconic moments in sports and entertainment,” the company said in a statement Wednesday. “We now look forward to the reopening of the arena in fall 2013, following the completion of our historic, three-year, nearly billion-dollar transformation, which will ensure our future is as bright as our celebrated past.”

Re: article about Madison Square Garden's future in 7/1 NY P

Wed Jul 31, 2013 11:27 pm

Its all bout money they dont care about msg.