A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from July 25, 2004
World’s Most Famous Arena (Madison Square Garden)
Madison Square Garden is "The World's Most Famous Arena." Another, older nickname for Madison Square Garden (originally used in previous Madison Square Garden buildings, such as the one at 50th Street and Eighth Avenue from 1925-1968) is the "Mecca."

Madison Square Garden (in its current incarnation) is not located at Madison Square. It is the home of basketball's Knicks (who don't quite wear knickers) and hockey's Broadway Blueshirts (who don't play on Broadway and whose home uniforms are white). Also, the "World's Most Famous Arena" is the home of women's basketball's Liberty and the "Greatest Show on Earth" (the circus).

The pre-1970s citations of the nickname are few. The "World's Most Famous Arena" nickname is used with the current Madison Square Garden and shows up in the 1970s, but has been used regularly by announcers since the 1990s.


Wikipedia: Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, and known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City. It is also the name of the entity which owns the arena and several of the professional sports franchises which play there. There have been four incarnations of the arena. The first two were located at the Northeast corner of Madison Square (Madison Ave. & 26th St.) from which the arena derived its name. Subsequently a new 17,000-seat Garden (opened December 15, 1925) was built at 50th Street and 8th Avenue, and the current Garden (opened February 14, 1968) is at 7th Avenue between 31st and 33rd Streets, situated on top of Pennsylvania Station.

The arena lends its name to the Madison Square Garden Network, a cable television network that broadcasts most sporting events that are held in the Garden, as well as concerts and entertainment events that have taken place at the venue.

It is controlled by the Madison Square Garden, L.P. subsidiary of Cablevision.

8 August 1954, Independent Record (Helena, Mont.), pg. 13, col. 2:
That would be the 37-year-old light-heavyweight champion's defense of the title against Harold Johnson at Madison Square Garden, Aug. 11.

The mustachiod and sometimes goateed Moore at last has his name in lights at the world's most famous arena after 141 fights and 19 years of campaigning.

14 May 1974, New York Times, pg. 27:
"There was no divergence of opinion at the meeting," said Mike Burke, the president of Madison Square Garden Center, who runs the day-to-day operations of the world's most famous arena.

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