Lost New York: Madison Square Gardens

Lost New York: Madison Square Gardens

Revisit the many lost incarnations of NYC’s Madison Square Garden!

  • Discover the story of Madison Square Garden I, built by P.T Barnum and originally known as the “Great Roman Hippodrome”
  • Hear the scandalous story of architect Stanford White’s murder atop the pleasure palace he designed, MSG II
  • Revisit Marilyn Monroe’s famous performance for President Kennedy and an anti-Nazi rally at Madison Garden III
  • Uncover secrets of the current Madison Square Garden IV

About the event:

New York City has been home to not one, or two, but four different Madison Square Gardens dating back to 1879. Sadly, none of the former MSG buildings stand today, but we are bringing them back in our latest edition of Lost New York. In this talk, Untapped New York’s Chief Experience Officer Justin Rivers will trace the evolution of Madison Square Garden from its humble beginnings as an open-air arena to the world-renowned sports and entertainment venue it is today. Along the way, you will hear tales of a romantic scandal that ended in murder, see how the architectural style of each iteration changed with the times, and learn about the amazing events that took place inside!

About Justin Rivers:
Justin Rivers is Untapped New York’s Chief Experience Officer. He is a writer and interpretive historian whose work focuses on inspiring empowerment through storytelling in non-traditional settings. As a playwright, tour guide, and educator, his work is designed to help New Yorkers contextualize and rediscover their city by exploring the past, present, and future of its diverse infrastructure.
Justin’s Off Broadway play, The Eternal Space explored an unlikely friendship that arose from Penn Station’s demolition and enjoyed a successful six-week run at Theatre Row Studios in 2015. He is author and co-collaborator of The Wonder City, a graphic novel that re-imagines the history of New York City. He is also Founding Director of The Character Connection Initiative, a non-profit organization that brings character education and mindfulness practices to inner-city middle school students and teachers throughout the NYC metro area.

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