An Alternative Site for Madison Square Garden: Sorkin Studios’ Late Submission

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Thursday, June 20, 2013
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Sorkin's proposal to place Madison Square Garden atop Grand Central Terminal.

Sorkin’s proposal to place Madison Square Garden atop Grand Central Terminal.

The Municipal Art Society recently commissioned and released four versions of a re-imagined Penn Station. It commissioned Diller Scofidio + Renfro, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, SHoP Architects, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) to prepare drawings of what a new terminal would like for the busiest train station in the country.

It has now come to light that actually a fifth concept was prepared but not presented at MAS’s “press conference.” The design by the firm Michael Sorkin Studio builds on MAS’s legendary 1970s protest against the destruction of Grand Central Station. In that protest Jacqueline Onassis famously joined forces with other powerful Manhattanites to stop a proposed Marcel Breuer high rise slated to be built above and across the southern front of Grand Central.

Marcel Breuer's plan for a tower at Grand Central Terminal.

Marcel Breuer’s plan for a tower at Grand Central Terminal.

Sorkin’s proposal would build on Breuer legacy and move the Current Madison Square Garden from 33rd Street and place it atop Mr. Vanderbilt’s Grand Central that he claims would give the Dolan family—owners of the Garden—a “highly accessible new site for MSG.”

Hugh Hardy (H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture) in a widely circulated email has called for a wider discussion of his and the other proposals so that “informed public discussion and analysis will lead to recognition that the large scale problems presented by Penn Station require large scale thinking and funding.” If this does not happen he warns, “these ideas could easily be dismissed as “pie in the sky.”

In reality we have at least fifteen years until a new station can even begin construction and Mr. Sorkin’s garden in the sky has as much to offer as the other four designs. Let the informed public discussion begin.

2 Responses to “An Alternative Site for Madison Square Garden: Sorkin Studios’ Late Submission”

  1. Gary Martin says:

    Attractions at MSG need to be able to load in and out from extremely large trucks …another problem with the current situation is that passengers have to walk around these trucks on both the 31st and 33rd street entrances. Without building a sky ramp (from 34th St?) I don’t see how that can be done atop GCS.

  2. Kris says:

    That’s just crazy. At least 80 % of NYC is shabby and gritty. Why not there ?

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