MSG stays put; Farley left alone
Two quick observations after the news that Cablevision won't move Madison Square Garden to the back of the Farley Post Office.
First, Madison Square Garden -- for now -- survives. They'll rehab it, just as they did in the early 1990s after dropping a plan to move farther west. Today's MSG isn't widely beloved, but heck, we have a weakness for its spherical, brutalist, space-age vibe. Today's iteration is the fourth complex bearing that name.
Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan outside the building that may one day yet bear his name. (Getty)
Second, the Farley Post Office is left alone. Damaging the integrity of a McKim, Mead and White building in this neighborhood would seem to invite bad karma. They were, of course, the creators of the original Penn Station, itself knocked down for today's MSG.
We'd still like to see Moynihan Station happen. The kernel of the idea seemed good enough, before it morphed into the project that would consume midtown.
-- Rolando Pujol