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Knicks, Rangers fans tell Eric Adams to stay away from MSG

Knicks and Rangers fans cried Thursday at the possibility of moving Madison Square Garden as part of the planned Penn Station redevelopment.

“I wouldn’t want them to move the garden. I have too much nostalgia,” said Mike Stanisz, 49, of Toms River, NJ

“I’m a huge Ranger fan and have been watching them at the Garden for 30 years. I usually come with my wife and my two sons aged 12 and 13. That’s all I’ve ever known.”

Stanisz, a train attendant at NJ Transit, also noted that “they just modernized everything — it looks like a brand new arena.”

“It would be such a waste of money to postpone it,” he said.

The staunch opposition arose during interviews outside the garden or inside Penn Station and was prompted by Mayor Eric Adams’ surprise announcement that he was “open” to relocating the “world’s most famous arena,” located in the train terminal .

“The Penn Station project is critical,” he said Tuesday at a “Power Breakfast” event hosted by Crain’s New York Business.

“I think this area is ripe for housing, ripe for real investment.”

James Dolan considered moving the Rangers and Knicks to Hudson Yards before Kathy Hochul scuttled the plan.
Eric Adams said he would consider moving Madison Square Garden.
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Hizzoner also joked that moving the famed sports and entertainment venue “could help the Knicks win again” after racking up eight losing seasons in the last nine years.

Matt Castro-Giovanni, 18, said he would be “mad if they demolished Madison Square Garden.”

“I’m a big Rangers fan. Losing MSG would be quite upsetting,” said the Massapequa, Long Island resident.

The station has been expanded to include the Moynihan Train Hall, but further improvements are needed.
Adams cited the garden’s location as being directly above Penn Station – which is currently undergoing renovations.
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“I watch a game at MSG once a month. I love it.”

Brad Moser, 49, said: “Penn Station needs a makeover but the garden should stay where it is.”

“I’m a Knicks fan,” said the Park Ridge, NJ resident.

“The first concert I ever saw was at the Garden – it was Billy Joel and I was 14 in 1986. All my life the Garden has always been here.”

Representatives for MSG owner James Dolan have not responded to repeated requests for comment on Adam’s remarks.

Dolan’s 10-year license to operate the garden expires next year.

When the garden’s original 50-year permit expired in 2013, Dolan applied for a permanent extension and is expected to do the same again, a source familiar with the matter told The Post last year.

Dolan hasn’t publicly expressed an interest in moving the garden, but he reportedly held secret talks about moving to the Hudson Yards development on Manhattan’s West Side until Gov. Kathy Hochul interfered and scrapped the plan.

Dolan has declined to comment on the matter.
James Dolan’s 10-year license to operate the garden expires next year.
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Some passers-by speaking to The Post on Thursday were ready to consider a new location.

East Village transplant Brian Barr, a 26-year-old Massachusetts transplant recipient, said he goes to the arena to cheer for the Boston Bruins against the Rangers.

“I wouldn’t mind if they moved it somewhere else because that area is hard to get to,” he said.

“It’s congested and it’s a mess most of the time.”

Rich Bean, a 49-year-old software salesman from Hoboken, NJ, also said he was “not affiliated with the area per se.”

“If they could build a new station nearby and pay for a better Penn, it could be good,” he said.

Albany sports fan Duncan MacKenzie, who was visiting the Big Apple for Thursday night’s match between the Yankees and their arch-rival Boston Red Sox, said, “I wouldn’t be disappointed if Madison Square Garden were torn down and relocated.”

“I saw hockey games there and once Billy Joel,” he said.

“There’s nothing magical about where Madison Square Garden is located.”

Additional reporting by Bernadette Hogan

https://nypost.com/2022/09/22/knicks-rangers-fans-tell-eric-adams-to-keep-hands-off-msg/ Knicks, Rangers fans tell Eric Adams to stay away from MSG

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