This Week In & Around Chelsea: March 20-26, 2023


CB5 Committee Meeting Regarding MSG’s Special Permit Renewl-in-Perpetuity Application / CB4 Committee Meetings / District 3 Participatory Budgeting Project Expo / The 10th Precinct Sector C Build the Block Meeting / Community Cleanups / Apply by March 22 for the Manhattan DA’s High School Summer  Internships / Aged Out: Event Listings from Earlier in the Week

Madison Square Garden on the Agenda of Manhattan Community Board 5 (CB5) Land Use, Housing & Zoning Committee Meeting: Wednesday, March 22, 6pm via Zoom| After two meetings during which comments by members of the none-too-pleased public numbered in the hundreds, CB5’s Land Use, Housing & Zoning Committee meets to take a stand (and a vote) on the matter of Madison Square Garden’s application for a new special permit that would, well, permit them to continue operations, as is. Whether they continue to do business where they are is a matter of debate that played a large part in the public comments heard by CB5. Those speaking out against renewal of the special permit (which MSF seeks to be granted in perpetuity) did so with a mind that the matter is inexplicably linked to the dreadful, losing-steam proposal by NYS Gov. Kathy Hochul to raze a considerable radius surrounding Penn Station in order to facilitate construction of several tall towers (wiping out residential buildings, small businesses, and a house of worship in the process, invoking eminent domain if necessary). With design proposals of their own, members of the public maintained that MSG must give up its perch atop Penn Station, if a truly world-class, ground-level redo is to take place. MSG reps, in a rare defensible gripe, repeatedly noted that the matter of moving has no place within the context of a special permit renewal. Still, they hedged their bets, with the presence of pro-MSG testimony throughout the public session—often in the form of youthful participates in their Garden of Dreams program, a charitable wing of MSG whose good deeds are irrefutable, albiet not terribly location-sensitive. To what extent CB5 had been swayed by any of these boosters or naysayers is for the Land Use, Housing & Zoning Committee to say. And say, they shall. To see what they say, register for the March 22 Zoom meeting by clicking here. View previous hearings on the subject via CB5’s YouTube Channel, by clicking here

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