"We saved its history but lost the building itself" is how Murray explains it. Others — particularly members of the Latino and African American community, for whom the Garden was a popular gathering place in its later years — see this teardown as a real loss. "I remember going to see boxing matches with my family at Madison Square Garden as a child," Stella Pope Duarte lamented in Latino Perspectives magazine shortly before the Garden was demo-ed. "If renovated, the building could again be used by barrio youth for sports competitions . . ."

Pugilistic no more: The site of the old Garden is reportedly mostly empty.
Peter M. Storch
Pugilistic no more: The site of the old Garden is reportedly mostly empty.

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