THEN & NOW: 1879 COMPARED TO 2016

Was there even electricity back in 1879? Take a look at some comparisons from when the original Madison Square Garden opened in 1879 to today.

Be sure to catch an all-new episode of The Garden’s Defining Moments  focusing on the opening of the original Madison Square Garden Thursday on MSG at 11:30 PM.


-PRESIDENT-

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Rutherford B. Hayes (19th) Barack Obama (44th)

-TECHNOLOGY BREAKTHROUGH-

Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb lights
the way for electricity revolution
Virtual Reality Headsets taking personal
entertainment to new heights

-RICHEST MAN IN AMERICA-

William Henry Vanderbilt – $230 Million Bill Gates – $76 Billion

-NEW YORK CITY POPULATION-

980,000 8.5 Million

-COST OF A NYC NEWSPAPER-

2 to 5 Cents $1.00 to $2.50

-BROADWAY HIT-

The Mulligan Guard Ball Hamilton

-AUTOMOBILE TECHNOLOGY-

Carl Benz gets patent for first internal
combustion engine; leads to first automobile
Mercedes-Benz and other manufacturers
testing self-driving cars

-NUMBER OF STATES-

38 50

-MADISON SQUARE GARDEN-

Located at 26th St & Madison Ave
Had No Roof
10,000-seat capacity
Located at 33rd St & 7th Ave
State of the art renovation finished in 2013
20,000+ seating capacity for certain events