Design Challenge for a New Penn Station and the Next Madison Square Garden
May 15th, 2013, 9:38 am
MAS asked four 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. Be there when they reveal their designs LIVE for the first time Wednesday, May 29 at 9:00 AM. This event is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Advance tickets are required and can be purchased online. Details: Design Challenge for a New Penn Station and the Next Madison Square Garden Wednesday, May 29, 2013 Doors open at 8:30 AM Program from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM TimesCenter (242 W. 41st Street) The four firms, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, SHoP Architects and SOM, were selected by MAS because of their wide ranging experience on extraordinarily complicated urban sites. 2013 presents New York City with a truly unique opportunity and together we need to seize this moment. Madison Square Garden’s 50-year special permit to operate an arena on its current site has expired. In December 2012, Madison Square Garden filed an application to continue to operate an arena on this site in perpetuity and that request is now going through the City’s land use review process with a final decision by the City Council in late June or early July. The problem is that MSG happens to sit on top of the busiest train station in North America and constrains its ability to serve over half a million people every day. MAS alongside the Regional Plan Association and a growing coalition of individuals and organizations – the Alliance for a New Penn Station – have called for restricting that permit to 10 years in order to develop a plan to move MSG and build the train station New York deserves. City Planning Commission is recommending restricting the permit to 15 years which is an important step forward. So, what might the future of MSG and Penn Station look like? Join us on May 29 at 9:00 AM to hear what some of our city’s greatest architects think. New York City deserves a world-class train station and a truly dynamic arena, and now is the time to work to make it happen.