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A Tremendous Victory in the Campaign for a New Penn Station

H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture_9009599996_lYesterday, led by Speaker Christine Quinn, the New York City Council voted to limit Madison Square Garden’s permit to operate on top of Penn Station to just 10 more years.

MAS has been leading the charge on this incredibly important issue alongside the Regional Plan Association (RPA) and congratulates the City Council on its decisive vote.  Building a new Penn Station and the next Madison Square Garden will not only improve the lives of the hundreds of thousands of people who use the station every day – it will revitalize the surrounding area and bring tremendous long-term economic value to the region.

A new Penn Station is the compelling infrastructure and development project of our era – now is the time to make it happen.

This outcome could not have been possible without the bold leadership early on from Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Community Board 5.  Thanks also to the over two-dozen members of the Alliance for a New Penn Station.  Read all about this campaign, including the great press coverage here.

We were all invited to think boldly by four of New York’s most well-known and respected design firms who participated in the Design Challenge for a New Penn Station and the Next Madison Square Garden.  The thought provoking and inspiring work of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, SHoP Architects and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) can be seen here.

What’s Next?
Yesterday’s vote presents a tremendous opportunity for the future of New York City – to build a modern Madison Square Garden and a world-class Penn Station.  MAS will work to ensure the needed coalition of government officials, stakeholders and other partners to plan for and secure a new Penn Station.

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