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Madison Square Garden moves to Eighth Avenue

March 4, 2013

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.

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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.

Madison Square Garden sports calendar, 1939

March 10, 2009

madisonsquaregardenHere’s what was on deck for the week of November 25, as reported in an MSG ad inĀ Cue magazine:

A bike race. A union meeting for musicians. Several hockey games featuring the New York Rangers as well as the New York Americans, a team that disbanded in the 1940s. A boxing match between Henry Armstrong and Lou Ambers.

And then there’s the “Mass Meeting for America.” This was a rally organized by various religious and patriotic groups.

The main speaker, Rep. Martin Dies of Texas, “denounced communism, fascism, and nazism as alien forces tearing at American unity,” The New York Times reported the next day. “[Dies] also made a strong plea for racial and religious tolerance.”