POSTPONED: "When the Garden was Eden": Remembering the 1970s New York Knicks

When: Tuesday, May 5, 6:30pm
Price: $35 & up | $30 for Museum Members - Prices increase March 31!
50th anniversary Knicks
New York Knicks in a game against the Fort Wayne Pistons, 1953, photograph by Arthur Rothstein and Frank Bauman. Museum of the City of New York, the LOOK Collection, gift of Cowles Magazines, Inc., X2011.4.2770-53.50

Please note that this program has been postponed. If you already purchased a ticket for this program, we will contact you directly. 

On May 8, 1970, the New York Knicks won their very first NBA championship, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers four games to three. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of their momentous win, reflect on the team that reigned supreme during a tumultuous era in NYC history with 1970s Knicks team member Bill Bradley and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe who played opposite the Knicks on the Baltimore Bullets in the playoffs, and George Kalinsky, the official photographer of Madison Square Garden since 1966. Moderated by author and journalist Harvey Araton.

This is the opening program for City/Game: Basketball in New York (open through January 18, 2021). To view the rest of the programs in the series, click here.

About the Speakers:
Bill Bradley
is a former professional basketball player for the New York Knicks from 1967 to 1977, during which time they won two NBA championships. He was also an Olympic gold medalist in the sport in 1964 and was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982. Bradley served in the U.S. Senate from 1979 to 1997, representing New Jersey and was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 2000.

George Kalinsky has been the official photographer of Madison Square Garden since 1966 and also serves as the official photographer at Radio City Music Hall. His award-winning works have captured some of the most important faces, places, and events in the world of sports, entertainment, and politics, including Muhammad Ali, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, and the 1970s New York Knicks. Kalinsky’s work has been exhibited at multiple institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art and the International Center of Photography and has appeared in hundreds of publications.

Earl “The Pearl” Monroe joined the NBA in 1967, playing in his 13-year career for the Baltimore Bullets (1967 – 1971) and the New York Knicks (1971 – 1980) to become a high-scoring virtuoso with fabled one-on-one moves. Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990, Monroe has a lasting impact in the sport and in popular culture both as “The Pearl” and as a member of the one of the most beloved squads in NBA history.

Harvey Araton (moderator) has reported on sports in New York City for 40 years, the last 25 of them at The New York Times. He wrote the “Sports of the Times” column for 15 years, reported on 10 Olympics, and is best known for his work on basketball and tennis. Araton is also the author of many books, including When the Garden Was Eden: Clyde, the Captain, Dollar Bill, and the Glory Days of the New York Knicks (2011), which was the basis of an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary.

Early Bird Ticket Special:
$40 Adults, $35 for Seniors, Students, and Educators (with ID)
$30 for Museum Members

Ticket Prices Increase March 31:
$45 Adults, $40 for Seniors, Students, and Educators (with ID)
$35 for Museum Members

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Accessibility: Assistive listening devices are available and our auditorium wheelchair lift can accommodate manual and motorized wheelchairs (max. capacity 500 lbs). Please contact the Museum at 917.492.3333 or with any questions.


City/Game is made possible in part by ESPN, the NBA, the WNBA, Clara Wu Tsai and Joe Tsai of the Brooklyn Nets and New York Liberty, Elizabeth R. Miller and James G. Dinan, the National Basketball Players Association Foundation, Con Edison, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, and An Anonymous Family Foundation. Additional support provided by Crystal McCrary and Raymond J. McGuire, Estee Tobaly and Henry Swieca, Marc Lasry, Nathan Romano, Mitchell S. Steir/Savills, Heather and William Vrattos, the Honorable Diana Ayala - New York City Council District 8, Andrea London, and other generous donors.

Education programs featuring City/Game are made possible by the Gray Foundation.

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