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Madison Square Garden: From 1609 to 2010

June 14, 2010

by Amy McLeod
June 13, 2010

Madison Square Garden is in a very busy, hectic area of New York City.  It is right next to Penn Station and only a few short blocks from Times Square.  The hustle-and-bustle of this area stands in stark contrast to the way the block – and the entire island – was before settlement by the Dutch.

I am fascinated by the fact that the arena is right in the middle of the city.  In most of my experience, large arenas and venues are on the outskirts of a large city.  However, it is a great location for the arena as it is right next to Penn Station.  It is an easy location for tourists and residents alike and attracts visitors from all of the surrounding states as well.

At the time when the Lenape Native Americans inhabited present day Manhattan, the area was a completely natural, forested region. The area was almost exclusively till and schist, making it not ideal for growing crops.  It was a hilly region and was covered with pine forest trees.

The block where Madison Square Garden sits now was not used much by the Lenape.  It was about 1,300 meters away from the nearest settlement and 10 meters from the nearest trail.  There was little to hunt in the area and not much in terms of gathering, either.  There were some berry bushes that were used by the people, but it was not an area that was often inhabited or utilized.

The industry that is most present in Madison Square Garden today is Arts, Entertainment and Recreation.  With the events that take place in the arena, these jobs are the most important and the most appropriate.