Christine Quinn wants 10-year limit for Madison Square Garden permit

June 20, 2013 4:21:11 AM PDT
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says Madison Square Garden should only get a 10-year permit for continuing to operate in its current location above Pennsylvania Station.

Quinn stated her position in a letter released Wednesday. A City Council subcommittee held a public hearing on the issue on the same day.

The garden had requested to operate at the site in perpetuity. Last month, the city planning commission approved a 15-year extension.

In her letter to the garden's president and CEO Hank Ratner, Quinn said finding a new home for the arena is the only way to address the development of a new Penn Station and its surrounding area.

She called for a commission that would find the garden a new location in Manhattan.

A representative for the Garden declined comment.