In the summer of 2013, at the urging of Regional Plan Association, Municipal Art Society 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. The New York metropolitan region now has a historic opportunity to reimagine North America's busiest transit hub, 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 moment to ensure that the necessary steps are taken to plan for a new Penn Station and Madison Square Garden and to re-envision and revitalize 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 here), which outlines the case for a new Penn Station and describes what needs to happen to move this proejct forward. Subsequent research will look at potential sites for a new Madison Square Garden and outline the economic feasibility and benefits of a new Penn Station.