In what is shaping up to be a classic New York City brawl—the kind where public officials at the state and local level and colossal business interests collide and hurl public "announcements" at each other shifting the blame for not getting the job done.

The job in this case is the redevelopment of Penn Station, transforming it from the rat warren under Madison Square Garden it has been since 1968 into the grand railway palace entrance hall it used to be—with or without Madison Square Garden.

That's right, MSG could be back on the table—which is where discussions began in 2013, when the city first started using its arena permit to try to spur a rebuild of NYC's busiest rail transit hub.

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