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Announcing Penn 2023


In the Summer of 2013, at the urging of RPA, MAS, and many others, the New York City Council voted to limit Madison Square Garden’s permit to operate on top of Penn Station to just 10 more years.  By 2023, New York will have had the chance to reimagine our nation’s busiest train station. This represents a historic opportunity to shape the future of Manhattan’s west side and ensure the economic health of the city and the region.

But the clock is ticking. New York must take advantage of this narrow window to ensure that the necessary steps are taken to plan for a new Penn Station and Madison Square Garden and to re-envision the surrounding area.

To help move this critical project forward, RPA and MAS will be jointly issuing a series of reports in the coming months, beginning with Penn 2023 (available for download here), which outlines the case for a new Penn Station, describes principles to help guide development and illustrates the necessary elements for a new transit hub.  Subsequent reports will look at potential sites for a new Madison Square Garden and outline the economic feasibility and benefits of a new Penn Station.

RPA and MAS are releasing the Penn 2023 report to coincide with the fourth annual MAS Summit for New York City.  The first day of the Summit will feature “Next Steps for Penn Station,” a panel discussion on the future of this important project. The panel will feature:

  • Charles V. Bagli, New York Times (moderator)
  • Hilary Ballon, University Professor and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service New York University;
  • Marvin Markus, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs;
  • Foster Nichols, Principal Professional Associate, Manager, Transit and Rail Systems Operations Planning, Parsons Brinckerhoff;
  • Robert Yaro, President, Regional Plan Association.

Throughout this two day Summit, the four firms that participated in MAS’ Design Challenge for a New Penn Station and the Next Madison Square Garden—SOM, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture and SHoP—will share their visions for Midtown West and beyond.

In the same way that previous generations of New Yorkers built the bridges, tunnels, and roads that link together our city and region, this is the critical infrastructure project of our era.  Now is the time to find a new home for Madison Square Garden and rebuild a functional, modern 21st century Penn Station, to ensure the economic health and vitality of New York City for generations to come.

Click here to download the report.