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MAS Testifies Before the New York City Planning Commission

MAS President Vin Cipolla joined dozens of civic organizations and concerned New Yorkers on April 10, 2013 at the City Planning Commission’s public hearing on the application for a special permit for Madison Square Garden to continue to operate an arena, in perpetuity, on the location it currently occupies, which sits atop Penn Station – the most important train station in the country.

MAS is working with our colleagues at the RPA and many others to insist that the Garden’s life on top of Penn Station be limited to 10 more years. This 10-year period gives us all the time to develop a real and workable plan to envision both a world-class train station and a world-class arena.

Vin Cipolla, president, MAS

Good morning. I’m Vin Cipolla, President of the Municipal Art Society of New York.

The final defeat for Pennsylvania Station was handed down by the City Planning Commission…”

So begins an extraordinary article from May 5th, 1963 in the NY Times written by Ada Louise Huxtable.

Ms. Huxtable goes on to write that:

“The joker here, and it is a terrifying one, is that the City Planning Commission was unable to judge a case like Penn Station on the proper and genuine considerations involved.”

Thankfully, New York City and this Commission has a remarkable opportunity to help correct an extraordinary mistake…Read More Echoing Vin’s testimony were many prominent New Yorkers who stood up to testify on behalf of Penn Station, including Elizabeth Belfer (MAS Board Member), Rick Bell (Executive Director, AIA), Vishaan Chakrabarti (Partner, SHoP Architects), Hugh Hardy (MAS Board Member), Richard Kielar (President, Arts Producer Plus), Janet Ross (MAS Board Member), and Adi Shamir (Designer, Architectural Historian & former Director, Van Alen Institute).