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Madison Square Garden Granted Limited 10-Year Permit by City Council

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The Alliance for a New Penn Stationlauds today’s vote by the New York City Council to grant Madison Square Garden a limited 10-year permit to operate in its current location above Penn Station.  Led by Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the City Council has made clear that now is time to get to work and build the Penn Station that New York City and the region desperately need in order to improve transit access and spur economic growth in the city and throughout the region.

As Speaker Quinn noted earlier this summer, significantly improving Penn Station while Madison Square Garden sits atop it has proven to be an intractable problem. Granting MSG a time-limited permit is crucial to creating a transit gateway worthy of New York and to sustaining Midtown’s economic vitality.

The Alliance also notes the early support of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who in March called on the city to grant Madison Square Garden a 10-year permit and create a comprehensive plan for economic development and transit in West Midtown. The City Planning Commission, led by Commissioner Amanda Burden, supported a restricted permit when Madison Square Garden requested a permit in perpetuity.