Thursday, July 25th, 2013 at 10:20 am  |  25 responses

New York City Tells Knicks to Find a New Home Within 10 Years

The battle over Madison Square Garden’s location appears to be a losing one for the New York Knicks. Despite the fact that MSG has recently poured close to $1 billion into renovating “The World’s Most Famous Arena”, the city wants it moved away from Penn Station within a decade. Per the NY Times: “The New York City Council notified the arena that it has 10 years to vacate its 45-year-old premises and find a new home, the Garden’s fifth since it opened in 1879. By a vote of 47 to 1, the Council voted to extend the Garden’s special operating permit for merely a decade — not in perpetuity, as the owners of the Garden had requested, or 15 years, as the Bloomberg administration had intended. Ten years should be enough time, officials said, for the Garden to find a new location and for the city to devise plans for an expanded Pennsylvania Station, which currently sits below the Garden, and the redevelopment of the surrounding neighborhood. ‘This is the first step in finding a new home for Madison Square Garden and building a new Penn Station that is as great as New York and suitable for the 21st century,’ said Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker. ‘This is an opportunity to reimagine and redevelop Penn Station as a world-class transportation destination.’ Ms. Quinn renewed her call for the creation of a commission to devise the plans. Civic leaders and some developers have long sought to rebuild Penn Station, a cramped and crowded maze for the more than 500,000 people a day who traverse it. But doing so would be an enormously complicated, multibillion-dollar undertaking that has foiled officials in the past. And anything can happen in the next 10 years, including several elections for mayor and governor. James L. Dolan, who controls the Garden, the Knicks and the Rangers, offered a low-key response to the news that barely acknowledged the 10-year deadline. Mr. Dolan expects to complete this fall a $968 million overhaul of the Garden, which has been closing in its off-seasons to accommodate the work. ‘Madison Square Garden has operated at its current site for generations, and has been proud to bring New Yorkers some of the greatest and most iconic moments in sports and entertainment,’ Mr. Dolan’s company said in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon. ‘We now look forward to the reopening of the arena in the fall of 2013.’”

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  • Dfrance

    Move to Queens!

  • Lateralus
  • trent

    Being from New York, I understand where the council’s coming from. But as a basketball fan, this makes me sad.

  • spit hot fiyah

    they should move to brooklyn just to be a pain the @ss

  • trent

    That would make my life a whole lot easier, traveling wise. lol

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Move to brooklyn, they need a real team…

  • BugEyes

    Building is historic it’s like the Wrigley field of basketball, the old vet stadium of Philly, with that said I hope spike lee goes down with his ship

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    They don’t have to move far, they just need to get off of Penn Station which is a decrepit, cramped place that serves as a horrendous welcome to New York for millions of commuters on Long Island RailRoad and New Jersey Transit as well as Amtrak riders from around the world. Re-doing Penn Station is far more important than where the Knicks play.

  • bobby

    i doubt it, but if the knicks would move to queens id be so damn happy

  • Drop duh hate

    I know that the Knicks are in a big market but still….they might be the most hyped up team ever in all professional sports. What have they done besides win like 1-2 rings at most. Seriously

  • TR

    2 Rings, should’ve been 3, but they didnt have instant replay in the 50s

  • RunNGun

    They should move to the Barclays and be “The Staples” of the East.

  • Issac


  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    prudential center

  • danpowers

    “Re-doing Penn Station is far more important than where the Knicks play.”

    BLASPHEMY! lol

  • bike

    I was always like the decrepit look. I added to the aura of MSG. That and the heightened awareness that comes from fear of being mugged or shot.

  • bike


  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Y’all that are from New York, how many places are there with enough room, and is near a subway big enough to handle the traffic?

  • Max

    Because the Nets are not a real team and probably won’t have a better season than the Knicks right.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    its really debatable….all debatable….no team is clearly better than the other…

  • jay jay


  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Flatbush has a big commercial area tho? you can’t put MSG around apartment buildings, it’s gotta be around restaurants and a big subway station.

  • jay jay

    Lmao it was a joke because Flatbush is a hood in Brooklyn NY lol just some sarcasm.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol that type of thing would work if I had ever been to new york

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Assuming that either the MTA or B&H will take over the Post Office building, the only viable option would be the Hudson Yards. I don’t know what current plans are for that plot of railway but Barclays already showed them the blueprint. With historical perspective I don’t think they would consider leaving the area.