City Council Speaker Christine Quinn Announces Support
June 24th, 2013, 11:52 am
The Municipal Art Society is thrilled to report that City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has announced her support for a 10-year limit to Madison Square Garden’s special permit to operate above Penn Station. This announcement is a huge victory signaling that the city is ready to take the leadership necessary to relocate the arena and begin the process of building a New Penn Station and the next Madison Square Garden. The Speaker’s decision came the day MAS, concerned citizens and others testified before the City Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises to press for a 10-year limit to the Garden’s permit. Quinn indicated that she would eliminate the loophole that the City Planning Commission included in their recommendations last month, which would have allowed the Garden to remain in place in perpetuity if incremental station improvements were made. 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 as is the City’s standard practice. 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. But our work is not done! We still need your support — the support of engaged New Yorkers, commuters, visitors and friends. Join the MAS Campaign for the New Penn Station and the Next Madison Square Garden. Make a gift to enable us to keep the pressure on the City Council before their official vote next month. And learn more about MAS’s influential work on this campaign by exploring the exciting Penn Station designs proposed by four world-class firms, watching the MAS video about Penn Station and checking out what other enlightened New Yorkers are saying on Facebook and Twitter (#newPenn). Thank you for joining us in this important campaign for the future of New York City!