May 31 2013

 

 

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Madison Square Garden (MSG) never was a favorite of many people who will always resent it being the building that destroyed the extraordinary old Pennsylvania Station. The arena sits like a big block of concrete that has little or no attraction. The owners have had a 'sweetheart deal' with the city that they are attempting to renew for decades.

While they reap in the profits from sports, entertainment and other speciality shows, Pennsylvania Station underneath it has become a dark, dirty and dingy and sad place for travelers and commuters. The plan to create new station across the street in the old Post Office Building has had little movement in recent years.

The time has come for Mayor Bloomberg to institute a major redevelopment plan for the area that includes moving Madison Square Garden out and away from that location!

The area has the potential to be an exciting and wonderful transportation hub that attracts people and bring that area alive again. There is no reason people arriving in the greatest city in the world by train and our daily commuters should not be greeted by signature buildings.

The Municipal Arts Society (MAS)recently sponsored a design challenge which invited architects to present proposals for their vision of a revamp transportation hub including sending MSG packing to another area.

The MAS selected the four firms of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, SHoP Architects and SOM "because of their wide ranging experience on extraordinarily complicated urban sites".

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