21 de noviembre de 2019
ÚLTIMAS NOTICIAS:
English - News

A stroll through New York's iconic Madison Square Garden

By Alvaro Celorio

New York, Aug 15 (efe-epa).- The venue for great New York sports teams like basketball's Knicks and ice hockey's Rangers, Madison Square Garden in the heart of the Big Apple is firmly ensconced in the popular imagination as the place where great events take place, whether they be in sports or in the cultural realm, and it reveals its secrets when one strolls through the cavernous building.

The stadium has become a symbol of success for artists, who dream of putting on concerts here, and it's also a tourist attraction with more than three million visitors for the roughly 240 events scheduled each year.

Knowing that it is a site where Michael Jackson, Queen, The Rolling Stones and Janis Joplin, to name only a few, have performed, MSG organizes regular tours during which tourists have the opportunity to go up on stage and visit the private suites and boxes set aside for personalities who visit the stadium, and even venture into the athletes' locker rooms.

To put it all into context, Madison Square Garden is an essential part of New York just like the Statue of Liberty and is the first of the four stadiums bearing that name that have been built since 1879, seven years before the iron statue was erected.

The current building, located just two blocks from the Empire State Building between 7th and 8th Avenues, was opened in 1968, but it's the heir to the aura and history of the three prior structures.

Its legacy includes being the site for Marilyn Monroe's well-known rendition of "Happy Birthday" to then-President John F. Kennedy on his May 19, 1962, birthday, the blond bombshell outfitted in a form-fitting sequined gown.

On that occasion, there were 15,000 guests attending the president's "private" birthday bash, although the venue could hold between 20,000 and 23,000 for a concert and up to around 38,000 for a basketball game.

A tour of MSG will also take one through the private boxes that some companies use for their party celebrations or for concerts, as well as into the dressing rooms used by stars such as Jennifer Lopez, or the modern-day Queen with Adam Lambert as lead singer.

The public part of the stadium - with access to the main hall along a passage filled with "stadium food" kiosks and other more elaborate fare - is also a gigantic museum that gathers together memorabilia from MSG's almost 150 years of existence.

On the "Garden 366" wall, for instance, a list of the most important events hosted at the arena can be reviewed, such as the fact that on Sept. 10, 2001, the day before the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, Michael Jackson gave his last public show celebrating the 30 years of his performing career.

The artist who has performed most often at the venue, however, is pop singer Billy Joel, who has given 112 concerts there, 66 of them consecutive, and still provides a monthly performance that is always "sold out."

The behind-the-scenes tours last 75 minutes and cost $35 per person, a little less than it would cost to see a basketball game there, quite a bit below what even the least expensive concert tickets go for and altogether a fabulous value for anyone wanting to get a good look at what makes MSG tick.

Comentarios

Histórico de noticias
Google awards 25 research projects in Latin America

Bogota, Nov 19 (efe-epa).- A total of 25 projects in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Peru, including research into health issues such as skin cancer,...

White House officials astonished, concerned over Trump's request of Kyiv

By Alfonso Fernandez and Alex Segura

Brazilian prosecutors accuse former Paraguayan president of money laundering

Rio de Janeiro, Nov 19 (EFE).- Prosecutors in the Lava Jato (Car Wash) case this Tuesday accused former Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes (2013-2018), who...

Miami undertaking campaign to capture stray cats

By Alberto Domingo

California sues Juul, largest manufacturer of e-cigarettes

San Francisco, Nov 18 (efe-epa).- The state of California on Monday filed a lawsuit against Juul Labs Inc., the largest US manufacturer of e-cigarettes,...

US withdraws legal objection to Israeli settlements in West Bank

Washington, Nov 18 (efe-epa).- The US government on Monday altered its stance on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank by rejecting a 1978 State...

Deforestation in Amazon rainforest reaches highest level in a decade

Sao Paulo, Nov 18 (EFE).- The Amazon rainforest in Brazil lost 9,762 sq. kilometers (3,769 sq. miles) of its area between August 2018 and July 2019, the...

Trump gives Huawei another 90 days to do business with US firms

San Francisco, Nov 18 (efe-epa).- The US government announced on Monday a new 90-day extension to allow China's Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. to continue...

Italian immigrant made his dream a reality in Uruguayan wine country

By Santiago Carbone

Lula accuses Bolsonaro of destroying Brazil, fomenting hatred

Recife, Brazil, Nov 17 (efe-epa).- Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Sunday harshly criticized the government of President Jair...

Max Verstappen wins Brazil Grand Prix

Sao Paulo, Nov 17 (efe-epa).- Dutch Formula One driver Max Verstappen, with the Red Bull team, on Sunday won the Brazilian Grand Prix, the next-to-last...

Maduro: De facto dollarization is economy's escape valve

Caracas, Nov 17 (efe-epa).- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that he does not disapprove of the de facto "dollarization" that one sector of his...

Apple removes vaping apps from App Store

San Francisco, Nov 15 (EFE).- Apple Inc announced Friday the removal of all apps related to electronic cigarettes from its mobile App Store amid concerns...

Hyundai to expand Alabama plant to turn out new pickup

Washington, Now 14 (efe-epa).- Hyundai will invest $410 million to expand its assembly plant in Montgomery, Alabama, where it will turn out a new vehicle,...

Latin music figures join before Latin Grammys to fundraise for Parkinsons

Las Vegas, Nov 14 (efe-epa).- Figures from the Ibero-American music industry like Luis Fonsi and Ximena Sariñana gathered on the eve of the Latin Grammy...

Google to lay 620 mi. of marine cable to Panama, to be operational in 1 year

Panama City, Nov 14 (efe-epa).- Google announced on Thursday that it will lay a 1,000-kilometer (620-mile) stretch of undersea fiber-optic cable to Panama,...

Goya comes to Havana along with Spanish monarchs

Havana, Nov 14 (efe-epa).- One of Francisco de Goya's iconic self-portraits is coming to Havana along with Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, who on...

New Disney+ platform hits 10 mn subscribers in one day

New York, Nov 13 (efe-epa).- The new streaming platform Disney+ managed to garner 10 million subscribers in the single day since its Nov. 12 launching in...

Spanish royals visit site where Havana was founded 500 years ag

By Carlos Perez Gil

Trump's greatest interest in Ukraine was to investigate Biden, says diplomat

(Updates: Adds info on Taylor and Kent's testimony, Trump's remarks on hearings and other material)

Trump: Trade pact with China close, but more tariffs if no deal

New York, Nov 12 (efe-epa).- The United States and China are "close" to the first phase of an agreement to resolve their trade war, President Donald Trump...

Trump: Many Dreamers are not angels, but criminals

by Laura Barros

Uncertainty reigns in Bolivia after Morales flees to Mexico

Bangkok Desk, Nov 12 (efe-epa).- The crisis in Bolivia following the resignation of President Evo Morales after almost 14 years in office have divided the...

Bolivia crisis: Coup d'etat or power vacuum?

By Laura Núñez Marín