This 1930ish postcard shows what was then the “new” Madison Square Garden on Eighth Avenue and 49th Street.
It’s the third incarnation of New York’s iconic arena, and the first one located no where near Madison Square.
It moved here in 1925, and for the next four decades hosted boxing matches, circuses, rodeos, Billy Graham revivals, ice shows, and of course the Rangers and the Knicks.
Was this a good place to watch a game? It looks awfully cramped and crowded from outside.
In 1968 the Garden moved again, this time to its current home at 33rd Street and Seventh Avenue. In its place we have the office tower Worldwide Plaza, which looks strangely similar to the old MSG.
Some great old photos of the Garden and its very cool marquee can be found at Wired New York.