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New York City Council Votes Monday August 28 to Renew—OR NOT—Madison Square Garden’s Lease

Madison Square Garden seeks a new Special Use Permit to operate a sports arena/entertainment center.  Their current Special Use Permit expired on July 24. To get the Pennsylvania Station New York City deserves, we have to move the ugliest building in New York.

The members of the New York State Legislature who represent the district—Liz Krueger, Brad Hoylman-Sigal, and Tony Simone—all urge New York City to reject Madison Square Garden’s special permit application to continue operating its arena in perpetuity and to limit the new permit to three years.Local Council Member Erik Bottcher agrees that the Garden should not get a long extension and told Eyewitness News that moving MSG would be “a win-win for the people of New York.” Manhattan Borough President Marc Levine calls for a five-year extension, and Local Commuity Board CB5 wants to limit the permit extension to three years.

Penn Station is the largest transit hub in the Western Hemisphere. While it is pinned under MSG, Penn Station can never operate effectively. Numerous proposals have been made to move Madison Square Garden west to the Hudson Rail Yards or east to 34th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.

A new arena will benefit sports fans and concertgoers.   A new above-ground Penn Station would benefit the neighborhood, commuters, and businesses throughout the City and the northeast.

The New York City Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises will vote on the issue on Monday, August 28, followed by the Land Use Committee.

Let New Yorkers Pick the New Penn Station