You’ve heard about all the legendary performances at Madison Square Garden, but what about the easiest and most economical opportunity to get inside is a New York Knicks basketball game? Smack in the epicenter of Manhattan you’ll feel like a local hopping out at Penn Station amid a sea of orange and blue paraphernalia. Here’s your guide to catching a Knicks game:
Depending on the Knicks’ opponent, tickets can start as low as $50 a piece. Ticketmaster is your best bet for face value tickets, but check out StubHub too as they sometimes have even cheaper deals and promotions.
It couldn’t be any easier to get to Madison Square Garden from the Duane Street Hotel. Just jump on the 2 or 3 train at Chambers Street and you’ll be at 34 Street Penn Station in less than 10 minutes. If you’d rather stay above ground a taxi will get you there in about 20 minutes.
Get acquainted with the area, and more importantly a few libations, before tipoff. Grab a seat at Local West’s open-air rooftop bar across the street from MSG. Take advantage of the large selection of beers on tap and revel in the city lifestyle as yellow cabs whiz up 8th Avenue while swaths of commuters and basketball lovers swarm in and out of Penn Station.
Local West. 1 Penn Plz, 33rd St & 8th Ave, New York, NY. (212) 629-7070
Carmelo Anthony leads a roster bolstered by newly acquired Derrick Rose and second year sensation Kristaps Porziņģis making for one of the more competitive Knicks teams in recent memory. The Garden might be the second oldest arena in the NBA, but what it lacks in modernity it makes up for with a rowdy atmosphere and that signature gritty New York charm.
You’ll no doubt work up an appetite by game’s end. But skip the overpriced concessions inside MSG and head across the street to one of our favorite pizzerias in the city—NY Pizza Suprema. It has been stationed at the corner of 31st Street and 8th Avenue since before the Garden moved in across the street, and while the line may look intimidating, we assure you it’s worth the wait.
NY Pizza Suprema. 413 8th Ave, New York, NY. (212) 594-8939