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07:03 AM ET 07.26 | Bye, bye Broadway? Madison Square Garden now faces a 10-year shot clock to leave its midtown location. The City Council voted Wednesday to limit the arena's permit for its location atop Penn Station to a decade -- ignoring pleas from the Garden's owners and celebrities like Knicks superfan Spike Lee and former Knicks greats like Earl Monroe and Walt Frazier, who lobbied the Council to extend the Garden's permit indefinitely. Council members say they would rather see the Garden move to make way for an improved Penn Station and voted, 47 to 1, to offer the more limited permit, although it could be extended in the future. "Madison Square Garden will have to move, and I think this permit sends the message that that work needs to begin now," City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said.

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July 26, 2013  07:21 AM ET

It's all Spike Lee's fault

July 26, 2013  07:22 AM ET

on a more serious note, why is MSG spending a billion dollars for upgrades if they didn't know this prior to starting?

July 26, 2013  08:30 AM ET

Duh..it's about time. Maybe this will start the process of getting Knicks out of Dolan's hands.

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July 26, 2013  09:28 AM ET

Sounds like there's a lot of paws that need greasing

July 26, 2013  09:50 AM ET
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on a more serious note, why is MSG spending a billion dollars for upgrades if they didn't know this prior to starting?

They didn't know. The City Council just had the vote.


They want to update Penn Station that sits under MSG. Have to wonder why they can't figure out how to do it, while allowing MSG to stand.

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July 26, 2013  09:59 AM ET

Spike Lee looks displeased. Something I don't understand... Penn Station was already demolished for MGS right? So why rebuild Penn station where it used to be when they could just as easily put it anywhere else in the city as the starting point of their new train system? Why do they have to move a billion dollar arena just to put it in it's former spot? Seems to be a big waste of money to me when they could put it anywhere in NYC and slap "Penn station 2.0" on the sign and be done with it

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July 26, 2013  03:39 PM ET

Wow...I figured they could move NYC before they moved The Garden....

July 26, 2013  04:06 PM ET

This could ONLY happen in New York! Smells of a bribe.

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July 26, 2013  04:20 PM ET
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The Knicks should move to Queens - or maybe the Bronx.Manhattan doesn't want 'em, and the Nets have claimed Brooklyn. Of course, they could also move across the river and take over the Nets' old stomping grounds at the Meadowlands or in Newark.

Giants and Jets moved to Jersey and are still New York teams, why not the Knicks.

 
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