Madison Square Garden moves to Eighth Avenue

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.

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9 Responses to “Madison Square Garden moves to Eighth Avenue”

  1. petey Says:

    that’s where i saw the circus!

  2. wendy Says:

    I saw the circus there and also Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.

  3. velvethead Says:

    See the Manchurian Candidate (with Sinatra) for the interior.

  4. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Cool, thanks!

  5. Jack Womack Says:

    That iteration of Madison Square Garden took up nearly the entire block, as I remember. For years after they tore it down it was one big parking lot save for a single tenement at, I think, the corner of 9th and 50th.

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  8. aspicco Says:

    I have a question I cannot find the answer to and so I turn to Ephemeral New York. Why was the Madison Square Garden at 50th and Eighth torn down when it closed? Almost the entire block became a parking lot for 20 years. How was that profitable? Why was it torn down? Couldn’t they have sold it to someone? It must have cost a lot of money to tear it down. Strange. It just seems odd financially…

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