It’s the beginning of the end.. Because this one is a FACT.
Ten years from now Madison Square Garden will no longer stand on 34th St in between 7th & 8th Ave in Manhattan. Somewhere in Brooklyn, die hard New York Knicks fan Spike Lee is crying long, hurt tears with the thousands of other fans after hearing the tragic news.
New York lawmakers have voted 47-1 to give the New York landmark arena a 10-year limited permit to reside where it now in it’s Midtown location. Once that permit expires, that staple building will be torn down for a new venue.
Several MSG supporters rallied for the building to remain there indefinitely like Spike Lee, as well as Knicks greats Earl Monroe and Walt Frazier. Unfortunately, the council made their landslide decision. NYC politicians commented on the news: “Madison Square Garden will have to move, and I think this permit sends the message that that work needs to begin now,” City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said. “We need to make sure Penn Station becomes what we need it to be, a really 21st century grand entrance into the greatest city in the world, not … what Sen. [Daniel] Moynihan or others historically described as a bunch of rat tunnels that lead people in and out of the city every day.”
Heads of the Madison Square Garden itself gave a statement as well, stating “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,” the company said in a statement Wednesday. “We now look forward to the reopening of the arena in fall 2013, following the completion of our historic, three-year, nearly billion-dollar transformation, which will ensure our future is as bright as our celebrated past.”
It’s the end of a millenium once MSG is gone. It just won’t be the same. Where will the Knicks play? THE BARCLAY??