Stringer pushes to move Madison Square Garden from atop Penn Station

Penn Station
Commuters crowded through Penn Station Wednesday. (Credit: Miles Dixon)

Penn Station and Madison Square Garden might be on notice.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer announced today that he wants a master plan for the area, which he called a “confusing, subterranean, three-level maze.”

And he blamed Madison Square Garden for stifling what could be the glory of a bustling, spacious midtown station — without having to support the structure of MSG, he said, Penn Station would have more space to grow.

MSG has requested a permit to operate the arena “in perpetuity,” Stringer said. But the home of Knicks games and sold-out concerts should only have the space for 10 years at a time, Stringer said.

The City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing April 10 on Madison Square Garden’s permit application.

Stringer said the Garden should stay in Manhattan, but suggested moving the arena.

“It is time to build a more spacious, attractive and efficient station that will further encourage transit use, reduce driving into the city and spur economic growth throughout our city and our region,” Stringer said.

The station’s daily use has tripled since it was approved for its midtown home – about 640,000 riders go through daily, which exceeds its capacity, Stringer said.

Plans are in the works to change the James A. Farley Post Office across the street into more station space, extending Amtrak under Eighth Avenue.

But because of Madison Square Garden, support columns limit how much the tracks can be expanded, Stringer said.

Stringer also noted that more trains will be coming through Penn Station in coming years, such as extending the 7 line through the Hudson Yards development.

“If we aren’t prepared to accommodate these trains, the station will become increasingly congested, and that will not only hurt the economy of New York City, but the entire region,” Stringer said.

Stringer isn’t alone in his distaste for the station – last week, the Regional Plan Association and the Municipal Art Society said MSG should be moved.

“Penn Station has never been a magnet for West Midtown,” the groups noted.

A Madison Square Garden spokesman said the venue should be granted the special permit without an expiration date and noted that the company invested $1 billion in the arena, which supports thousands of jobs.

“Adding an arbitrary expiration for reasons unrelated to the special permit process or requirements would not only set a dangerous and questionable precedent, but would also hinder our ability to make MSG and New York City the long-term home of even more world-class events,” he said.

Follow Alison Bowen on Twitter @reporteralison.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Pioneers for domestic violence push on

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article. Two decades have passed since the O.J. Simpson trial captivated the country. But in the 20 years…

Local

Newest java joint in bastion of hipness is…

Little may represent the change the neighborhood is undergoing right now like the arrival of the first Starbucks. The chain which is ubiquitous in Manhattan, opened a Williamsburg store at…

National

Black and white are the new orange at…

By Brendan O'Brien(Reuters) - Black and white are the new orange in a Michigan county where the sheriff has made a wardrobe change for jail…

National

Traps set after reports of giant snake on…

New Jersey animal control workers have set traps to snare a reported 20-foot-long serpent slithering through the waters of Lake Hopatcong.

Music

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks more accessible than Animal…

Believe it or not, Avey Tare — the man in the mustachioed mask pictured here in the pool of blood — may have made the poppiest music of his career.

Entertainment

‘The Leftovers’ recap: Season 1, Episode 4, ‘B.J.…

Last week’s episode of “The Leftovers” was apparently a fluke, because this week’s episode returns to focusing on the Garveys and it is so boring.…

Movies

Interview: Luc Besson says 'Lucy' is very different…

Filmmaker Luc Besson talks about his new film "Lucy," how it's different than "Limitless" and his crazy first conversation with Egyptian actor Amr Waked.

Music

Weezer releases first new song since 2010

Weezer releases "Back to the Shack," their first new song in almost six years.

NFL

'Vicktory dogs' travel road to rehabilitation seven years…

Of the dozens of dogs groomed by Bad Newz Kennels, 48 were rescued and 22 of the pit bull terriers have emerged at Best Friends Animal Society.

MLB

Yankees looking at trade for Cliff Lee, according…

Yankees looking at trade for Cliff Lee, according to report

NFL

Giants lineman Chris Snee to retire: Reports

The Giants report to training camp on Tuesday, but Chris Snee may not be there when they do.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony talks about his charity work in…

As he is used to doing every year, NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony is going to visit Puerto Rico to do work for his foundation.

Tech

RocketSkates let users roll with a motor

Los Angeles company Acton has raised funds on Kickstarter to roll out a nifty alternative – motor-powered "RocketSkates."

Tech

Knicks star Carmelo Anthony becomes a tech entrepreneur

He's been an All-Star, an Olympian, and a celebrity spokesperson. Now NBA player Carmelo Anthony is adding the position "tech entrepreneur" to his resume. Along…

Tech

Ulises 1 is the world's first singing satellite

A group of artists and engineers in Mexico have unveiled Ulises 1, the world's first opera-singing satellite.

Home

Wallscape on a budget

Skip the wallpaper and ombre an accent wall instead.