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Statement from MAS on Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Speech

Statement by Mary W. Rowe, Executive Vice President, Municipal Art Society of New York
“We continue to applaud the Governor’s commitment to addressing the crisis at Penn Station. However, we await the release of the State’s Request for Proposal, which will lend needed clarity to the scope and ambition of the proposals sought. We urge the Governor and RFP respondents to think comprehensively about the future of both Penn Station and the West Midtown neighborhood, which depends on the inevitable, eventual relocation of Madison Square Garden itself. “We must challenge the best minds in development, transportation, architecture, preservation, and planning to seize this historic opportunity to realize the future of Manhattan’s west side. The success of this effort will also depend on city leaders taking initiative to develop a robust district plan for West Midtown, which will make this area the vibrant, innovative, and economically diverse neighborhood it should be. Now is the time to be bold.”