The Municipal Art Society is thrilled that the New York City Council, led by the leadership of Speaker Christine Quinn, voted on July 24th, 2013, to limit Madison Square Garden’s special permit to operate above Penn Station to just 10 more years. This vote is a huge victory for the campaign to build a New Penn Station and the next Madison Square Garden.
Since the Garden’s permit lapsed in January of this year, MAS has been advocating for a renewal of just 10 years instead of a permit in perpetuity. MAS recognized this moment as one of the last opportunities to ensure that the most heavily trafficked train station in North America receives the investment necessary to truly serve the citizens of New York and the entire northeast.
Now, following Council’s vote, the clock is ticking. New York must take advantage of this narrow window of opportunity to ensure that the necessary steps are taken to plan for a new Penn Station and Madison Square Garden and to re-envision the surrounding area.
To help move this critical project forward, RPA and MAS have issued Penn 2023, the first in a series of reports on Penn Station. The report outlines the case for a new Penn Station, describes principles to help guide development and illustrates the necessary elements for a new transit hub. Subsequent reports will look at potential sites for a new Madison Square Garden and outline the economic feasibility and benefits of a new Penn Station. Click here to download the report.
MAS invited some of New York’s most well-known and respected design firms to re-envision New York’s Penn Station – the busiest train station in North America – and Madison Square Garden. Video from the design challenge can be found here; presentations from H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, SHoP Architects and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill are available as PDFs in the resources section found at the bottom of this page.
A new Penn Station and a new arena will be an economic engine for New York City. MAS and James Lima Planning + Development recently produced Unlocking Penn’s Potential, which explores the tremendous economic value that could be created through the redevelopment of Penn Station. The report explores the creation of a Penn Station Redevelopment and Revenue Capture District, finding that such a district could add billions of dollars of additional revenue to the City of New York to be used as a funding source for a new Penn Station. Click here to download the report.
After 50 years, Madison Square Garden’s (MSG) special arena permit expired, presenting NYC with an opportunity to rethink Midtown. MAS and RPA began working together building an Alliance for a New Penn Station, which first began with the task of ensuring that the Garden’s permit be limited to 10 years. Now that City Council has done just that, the Alliance is shifting focus to bringing together a broad coalition to lay out a clear plan for building a new Madison Square Garden and the next Penn Station.
New York City deserves a ambitious and optimistic vision for Penn Station. The 1963 plan for MSG and Penn Station – designed by architect Charles Luckman Associates– was developed at a time when the future of train travel was less certain. Today, a station that was designed to accommodate approximately 200,000 moves well over half a million people a day and growing.
Although MSG has undergone an expensive renovation, it continues to fall further behind as new more modern arenas are built. MSG itself has moved and been rebuilt several times over its long history in New York, after 50 years, it is time once again to revisit a change of location. A new Penn Station and a new arena will be an economic engine for New York City – creating thousands of jobs, unlocking billions of dollars in additional private investment, making millions of commutes a year faster and more pleasant.
Our work is not done! We still need the ongoing support of engaged New Yorkers, commuters, visitors and friends to sustain momentum on this important campaign.
Here’s how you can help:
To get more involved:
Penn 2023: Envisioning a New Penn Station, the Next Madison Square Garden, and the Future of West Midtown
Unlocking Penn’s Potential: Establishing a Penn Station Redevelopment and Revenue Capture District
Vin Cipolla Council Testimony June 19, 2013
Alliance for a New Penn Station June 19, 2013 Statement to City Council
New Penn information sheet
Learn why now is the time
H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture Design Challenge Presentation
Diller, Scofidio + Renfro Design Challenge Presentation
SHoP Architects Design Challenge Presentation
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill Design Challenge Presentation
Manhattan Borough President’s Recommendations, March 27, 2013
Manhattan Community Board 5 Recommendations, February 14, 2013
Capital New York, ‘The Clock is Ticking’: A Momentum-Building Exercise for a New Penn Station, October 17, 2013
Crain’s New York Business, Big Plans—But No Cash—Unveiled for Penn Station, October 17, 2013
The New York Observer, Vanity Project: Why Fancy Architecture Won’t Save Penn Station, August 13, 2013
Gothamist, City Tells Madison Square Garden To GTFO, July 25, 2013
The Daily News, City Council Limits Madison Square Garden To Ten Year Permit, July 25, 2013
New York Post, MSG is Given Only 10 Years, July 25, 2013
USA Today, Madison Square Garden Given 10-year Lease Limit, July 25, 2013
Fox News, Madison Square Garden Given 10 Years to Leave Site by NYC Council, July 25, 2013
The New York Times, Madison Square Garden Is Told to Move, July 24, 2013
Curbed, Madison Square Garden Loses Its Totally Epic Permit War, July 24, 2013
Crain’s New York Business, Quinn Sets Timer at 10 Years for Garden, July 24, 2013
Metro, City Council Approves 10-Year Limited Permit for Madison Square Garden, July 24, 2013
WNYC, City Council Limits Lease on Madison Square Garden, Makes Way for a New Penn Station, July 24, 2013
DNA Info, City Council Votes to Limit New MSG Permit to 10 Years, July 24, 2013
Capital New York, Council to Limit M.S.G (and Penn Station ‘rat tunnels’) to a Ten Year Permit, For Now, July 24, 2013
New York Magazine, The People’s Critic, June 7, 2013
Architectural Record, Moving Madison Square Garden, May 29, 2013
The New York Times, Re-Imagining Penn Station, May 29, 2013
The Wall Street Journal, NYC Architects Offer New Plan for Penn Station, May 29, 2013
Crain’s New York Business, Plans for Penn Station Only a Starting Point, May 29, 2013
Curbed, Four Plans for a New Penn Station Without MSG, Revealed, May 29, 2013
Commercial Observer, Four Ace Architects Boldly Go…, May 29, 2013
The New York Times, Thinking Big: Four Visions of a New Penn Station, May 28, 2013
Curbed, Archicritic Says MSG’s 15-Year Permit Plan Has A ‘Fatal Flaw’, May 28, 2013
The New York Times, A Critical Moment for Penn Station, May 26, 2013
The Real Deal, “City Planning Backs 15 Year Term for MSG”, May 7, 2013
Architectural Record, “Where Will the Garden Go?”, April 11, 2013
Curbed, “Madison Square Garden to NYC: We’re Not Going Anywhere”, April 10, 2013
New York Times, Arts Beat blog, “Municipal Art Society Challenges Architects for New Penn Station Vision”, April 3, 2013
Cultivating Culture, “Campaign to Relocate Madison Square Garden Begins”, March 27, 2013
Crain’s, “Effort to replant Madison Square Garden Tips Off”, March 21, 2013
New York Times, “Flexibility and Moxie Can Save West Side”, March 20, 2013