Woods Bagot, as part of a team of experts led by The Municipal Art Society of New York and Regional Plan Association, conducted an analysis and design study to reimagine the future relationship between Penn Station, Madison Square Garden and the larger West Midtown area. Woods Bagot’s proposal uses strategic interventions to keep an enhanced and expanded Madison Square Garden in its current location while re-establishing Penn Station as a world-class transit center and introducing stronger street level connections.
The proposal removes Madison Square Garden’s 5,000-seat theatre to make room for a grand entry hall facing the historic Farley Post Office (the future Moynihan Station). The four-story-tall expansion flows around the arena, framing a second entry hall, bringing retail and dining to the block and supporting a new public rooftop garden.
Ultimately, the proposal illuminates the trade-offs of this cost-efficient approach that preserves the investments in the Garden and Penn Station. Though not a panacea, the strategy achieves many critical goals: endowing Penn Station with a fitting civic identity, significantly enhancing the passenger experience and remaking Madison Square Garden as a catalyzing centerpiece for a new district.
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