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Zoning. After 50 Years, Is It Time for a Change?

The "Blue Condominium" designed by Bernard Tschumi on the Lower EastNorman Marcus, who helped draft many of today’s intricate zoning regulations,  was the general counsel to the New York City Planning Commission from 1963 to 1985.  He was also instrumental in the preservation of Grand Central Terminal and was a long standing member of the MAS law committee.  In 1991 at a conference on the 30th Anniversary of the 1961 Zoning Resolution he wrote: Continue Reading>>

MAS Demonstration Project Receives Support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Thumbnail - Henry Street Settlement - Photo by Hazel BalabanThe Municipal Art Society is pleased to announce that Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts,  has recommended that MAS receive $20,000 for a grant to support our Henry Street Settlement Energy Retrofit project. The demonstration project will show that the city’s most treasured historic buildings can improve their energy efficiency without significant aesthetic changes or large capital outlays. Continue Reading>>

NYU Expansion Update: MAS Testifies on the Environmental Review

nyu new york university campus expansion 2031 planMAS testified yesterday, May 24,  at the NYC Department of City Planning hearing on the projected 2.5 million sq. ft. of development NYU is proposing to add to their Greenwich Village campus. The purpose of the meeting was to solicit public comments on areas that should be studied in NYU’s Environmental Impact Statement.  MAS’s comments focused on the need to ensure full disclosure of information to help inform decision makers and the public about any potential project impacts. Continue Reading>>

Yeohlee’s Walk Shows Vibrant Garment District

25 West 38th Street: Yeohlee’s Store in the Garment District Fashion designer and MAS Board Member Yeohlee Teng has been working tirelessly to promote a new vision for Manhattan’s Garment District as a hub for innovation and creativity for the fashion industry. In 2009, Yeohlee initiated the study Made in Midtown on behalf of the Council of Fashion Designers of America in partnership with the Design Trust for Public Space. Continue Reading>>

Feds Join the Call to Save Admiral’s Row in Brooklyn Navy Yard

admirals-row-historic-building-b-brooklyn-new-yorkEfforts to save the endangered buildings at the Admirals Row site in Brooklyn received a significant boost today, when several key federal elected officials called for the preservation of the buildings. Over the last few years, unprecedented consensus has developed among a wide range of preservation organizations, civic groups and the Brooklyn Navy Yard  about the future of Admiral’s Row. All have called on the National Guard Bureau, the site’s owner, to help facilitate the preservation of two of the site’s most historically significant buildings, the Timber Shed and Quarters B. Continue Reading>>

Skyline Panelists Debate Preservation vs. Evolution

new york manhattan skylineOn Wednesday, May 11, several top American and Canadian thinkers on architecture and historic preservation participated in a panel co-sponsored by MAS and the New York Landmarks Conservancy focused on the challenge of preserving the New York City  skyline. Continue Reading>>

Jane’s Walk NYC: 25 Walks Hosted by NYC Residents

Jane's Walk NYC: Second Avenue Jane’s Walk NYC photos: On May 7 and 8, New Yorkers took to the streets for Jane’s Walk— a weekend of neighborhood walks and bike rides honoring the late urban activist Jane Jacobs. This was the first year MAS coordinated Jane’s Walk in New York City, with more than 25 free neighborhood walks led by local residents, urban enthusiasts and others who care deeply about their neighborhoods and our city. Continue Reading>>

PlaNYC 2.0: A Conversation with David Bragdon, May 24

The City recently released its PlaNYC 2.0,  an update to the Bloomberg administration’s plan for guiding sustainable growth in New York City. On Tuesday May 24, David Bragdon, director of the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability will highlight what’s new in the plan. Continue Reading>>

Watch List Highlights: Friday, May 6, 2011

United Nations, FDR Drive, and the East River - Photo by Nadia Chaudhury PlaNYC 2.0 Top Priority: Phasing Out Dirty Heating Oils On Earth Day last month, the city announced 132 new initiatives as part of PlaNYC 2.0, including one to phase out two grades of building heating oil, Nos. 6 and 4. Both of these oils have been proven to cause a significant amount of air pollution in the city. One percent of the buildings that currently use those grades of oil are responsible for more than 85 percent of the city’s building soot pollution. Continue Reading>>

Get Your German On: Tour Yorkville with MAS

Jane's WalkIt’s been home to many New York City mayors, boasts one of Manhattan’s most scenic parks, and retains remnants of it past as one of the city’s largest German enclaves.  It’s Yorkville, and our very own Ronda Wist, MAS senior vice president, is hosting a “Jane’s Walk” through the neighborhood this Saturday. Continue Reading>>

Love New York? Walk the Talk this Weekend In the Spirit of Jane Jacobs

MAS is looking forward to hosting this weekend’s Jane’s Walk in New York City, a series of free neighborhood walks and bike rides throughout all five boroughs, celebrating the legacy of Jane Jacobs. This is the first year MAS is coordinating Jane’s Walk in New York City, and we have more than 20 walks led by local residents and urban enthusiasts planned for the weekend. Continue Reading>>