Madison Square Garden in Perpetuity?

March 26th, 2013

Madison Square Garden, the World’s Most Famous Arena, wants to operate “in perpetuity”!

That hope will be crushed for years, maybe decades, if the arena’s owners — whose 50-year permit to operate the arena expired in January — manage to persuade the city to give them a new lease that will allow the Garden to stay just where it is “in perpetuity.”

Steve Clowney asks whether the Rule Against Perpetuities applies to New York City permits?

Hopefully someone up there will see that this is a terrible idea.  In addition to the problem that it’s impossible to know how conditions in the city will change over the next 10 or 20 or 50 years, approving the request would cement the monstrously ugly Garden on the landscape and permanently consign the millions of commuters who use Penn Station to a cramped and lightless entrance to the city.

I was a huge Knicks fan growing up, and I always had such veneration for the Garden. Anyone else remember this intro from the 1994 NBA Finals? Brings back chills.