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Knicks, Rangers fans tell Eric Adams to keep hands off MSG

Knicks and Rangers fans cried foul Thursday over the potential for transferring Madison Square Garden as a part of the deliberate redevelopment of Penn Station.

“I wouldn’t want them to move the Garden. I have too much nostalgia,” mentioned Mike Stanisz, 49, of Toms River, N.J.

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

Stanisz, an NJ Transit prepare conductor, additionally famous that “they just upgraded everything — it looks like a brand new arena.”

“It would be such a waste of money to move it,” he mentioned.

The staunch opposition emerged throughout interviews exterior the Garden or inside Penn Station and was prompted by Mayor Eric Adams’ shock announcement that he’d be “open” to relocating “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” which sits atop the rail terminal.

“The Penn Station project is a crucial one,” he mentioned Tuesday at a Crain’s New York Business “Power Breakfast” occasion.

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

Eric Adams mentioned he would contemplate transferring Madison Square Garden.
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Hizzoner additionally joked that transferring the famed sports activities and leisure venue may “help the Knicks win” once more after racking up eight shedding seasons throughout the previous 9.

Matt Castro-Giovanni, 18, mentioned he’d “be pissed off if they tore down Madison Square Garden.”

“I’m a big Rangers fan. Losing MSG would be pretty annoying,” the Massapequa, Long Island resident mentioned.

The station has expanded to include Moynihan Train Hall but more improvements are needed.
Adams cited the Garden’s location, proper above Penn Station — which is present process a renovation.
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“I see a game at MSG once a month. I love it.”

Brad Moser, 49, mentioned, “Penn Station needs to be redeveloped but the Garden should stay right where it is.”

“I’m a Knicks fan,” the Park Ridge, N.J., resident mentioned.

“The first concert I ever saw was at the Garden — it was Billy Joel and I was 14 in 1986. My whole lifetime, the Garden has always been here.”

Representatives of MSG proprietor James Dolan haven’t returned repeated requests for touch upon Adams’ remarks.

Dolan’s 10-year working allow for the Garden is about to expire subsequent year.

When the Garden’s preliminary, 50-year allow expired in 2013, Dolan sought a everlasting extension and he’s anticipated to do the identical factor once more, a supply aware of the matter advised The Post final year.

Dolan hasn’t publicly expressed any curiosity in transferring the Garden however he reportedly held secret talks about relocating to the Hudson Yards improvement on Manhattan’s West Side till Gov. Kathy Hochul bought concerned and killed the plan.

Dolan has refused to comment on the matter.
James Dolan’s 10-year working allow for the Garden is about to expire subsequent year.
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Some passers-by who spoke to The Post on Thursday have been keen to contemplate a brand new location.

East Village resident Brian Barr, a 26-year-old Massachusetts transplant, mentioned he goes to the sector to cheer on the Boston Bruins towards the Rangers.

“I would not mind if they moved it somewhere else because this area’s hard to get to,” he mentioned.

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

Rich Bean, a 49-year-old software gross sales employee from Hoboken, N.J., additionally mentioned he wasn’t “attached to the area, per se.”

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

Sports fan Duncan MacKenzie of Albany, who was visiting the Big Apple for Thursday evening’s match-up between the Yankees and their arch-rival Boston Red Sox, mentioned, “I wouldn’t be disappointed if Madison Square Garden was demolished and moved.”

“I’ve seen hockey games there and Billy Joel one time,” he mentioned.

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

Additional reporting by Bernadette Hogan

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