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2016-17 New York Rangers Yearbook

starring Jack Oakie and ZaSu Pitts, as well as the on-location backdrop for the harrowing final reel of John Frankenheimer’s 1962 classic The Manchurian Candidate. The first NHL team to play at Garden III was the New York Americans, who rented the building for the 1925-26 season. The Rangers played their first regular-season NHL game there on Nov. 16, 1926, beating the Montreal Maroons 1-0. In the 42 years the Rangers played on 49th Street, they would win three Stanley Cup championships (1928, 1933 and 1940) and develop a host of Hall of Famers, including Bill Cook, Frank Boucher, Ching Johnson, Babe Pratt, Neil Colville, Chuck Rayner, Andy Bathgate, Harry Howell, Gump Worsley, Rod Gilbert, Jean Ratelle and Eddie Giacomin. The Rangers played their final game at the Old Garden on the afternoon of Feb. 11, 1968;a 3-3 tie with Detroit. The last event ever was the Westminster Dog Show, over Feb. 12-13, 1968. After the Old Garden was demolished, the site was used for years as a Kinney parking lot. The Worldwide Plaza office/ apartment complex, which opened in 1989, now occupies the site. Garden IV On Nov. 3, 1960, Garden president Irving Mitchell Felt announced plans for a new Madison Square Garden - Garden IV - to eventually be built at 33rd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, atop Pennsylvania Station. Prospective sites for a New Garden had been discussed throughout the mid- and late-‘50s, especially the area at Columbus Circle which would eventually house the New York Coliseum and, ultimately, the Time Warner Center. Then the Garden Corporation obtained the coveted “air rights” above Penn Station from the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1961. The Railroad had entertained the idea of selling Penn Station’s air rights as far back as 1951, when faced with a $72 million deficit. In 1955, Railroad president James Symes and famed real estate developer William Zeckendorf signed an agreement to option the Station’s air rights for an industrial-commercial “Palace of Progress”, with a new, renovated Penn Station below street level. When the project fell


2016-17 New York Rangers Yearbook
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