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Municipal Art Society Releases Framework for a Better Midtown

“The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) today announced the release of its report on the future of East Midtown, available for free download. The MAS report, “East Midtown: A Bold Vision for the Future,” provides a plan for how to develop a stronger and more vibrant neighborhood in response to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s preliminary proposal for major zoning changes, announced last summer, to spur the modernization of East Midtown. While MAS applauds the administration for considering the future needs of this iconic area, MAS fears that in the absence of a careful and comprehensive vision, the City’s proposal will fall short. Continue Reading>>

A Bold Vision for East Midtown

Join hundreds of New Yorkers Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at the CUNY Graduate Center, located at 365 Fifth Avenue at East 34th Street, for an event in three parts.  The day will begin at 4:00 PM and go until 8:00 pm.  We hope you will join us for all or part of the event.  Register here to attend. 4:00 PM A Bold Vision for East Midtown Join us for the highly anticipated release of the MAS Report on East Midtown.  Be the first to hear our recommendations and research results.  An esteemed panel of speakers will then join us to discuss.  Continue Reading>>

Be a Jane’s Walk Host May 4 and 5

The Municipal Art Society is thrilled to announce the dates for our third annual Jane’s Walk NYC, to be held Saturday and Sunday, May 4th and 5th.  Just as Jane Jacobs urged residents to become advocates for their communities, MAS is excited for you to become the “eyes on the street” and lead a walk or bike tour of an area of the city, on a subject that you’re passionate about.  Submit your walk today. Continue Reading>>

Putting Public Space in its Place

Announcing “Putting Public Space in its Place,” a Harvard Conference on Public Space, March 7 and 8, 2013. In a digital age, people will reflect upon 2011 as the year in which physical public space reclaimed its lofty status in the public sphere. From Tahrir Square to Zuccotti Park, physical public space reminded us of its multiple ambitions and capabilities for accommodating consequential political activities as well as everyday leisurely pursuits. Continue Reading>>

Louis Kahn Receives 25th Brendan Gill Prize

Esteemed architect Louis Kahn will receive, posthumously, the Municipal Art Society’s 25th Brendan Gill Prize in recognition of his magnificent conception and design of FDR Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island.

FDR Four Freedoms Park, designed by Kahn in 1974, the year of his death, was opened in October 2012. The park was realized with the help of Ambassador William J. vanden Heuvel, Chairman of the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy, whose dedication guided the project for three decades and who raised the funds to construct the memorial and to endow its stewardship for years to come; Architect and Executive Director Gina Pollara who passionately understood Kahn’s vision and supervised construction; and Sally Minard, President of Four Freedoms Park Conservancy, which will ensure the maintenance of this great public space. Continue Reading>>


Brownsville Partnership and MAS Host First Annual HOPE Summit

The Brownsville Partnership, in conjunction with the Municipal Art Society, will host the first annual Brownsville HOPE Summit on neighborhood safety and community development. The Summit will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Van Dyke Community Center located at 392 Blake Ave, Brooklyn, following a kickoff event with elected officials on Feb. 22 at Howard Houses Community Center. Continue Reading>>

Wangari Maathai Award for Civic Participation in Sustainability

The Rockefeller Foundation announced today the winners of the 2012 Wangari Maathai Award for Civic Participation in Sustainability, an annual $10,000 cash scholarship awarded to two New York City public high school seniors. The winners – Cecil Brooks, Jr., a student at South Bronx Preparatory School Academy, and Awa Sow, a student at Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High School – were selected based on their academic and extracurricular commitment to environmental stewardship within the urban context, as demonstrated through their development and execution of sustainability-themed projects. Continue Reading>>

MTA Metro-North Teams with MAS for Daily Official Guided Tour of Grand Central

In celebration of Grand Central Terminal’s (GCT) centennial year, MTA Metro-North Railroad, the stewards of the Terminal, team up with The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) – one of the organizations credited with saving the Terminal from destruction nearly 40 years ago – for a new docent-guided tour program that highlights the history, architecture and operation of the world’s biggest train terminal. Continue Reading>>


Pitching the City: Architizer and MAS Want Your Urban-Transformation Ideas

Calling all NYC architects! We’re looking for the next revolutionary, innovative scheme that will revitalize and make a big impact on the city. (Think High Line, +Pool, or Brooklyn Bridge Park.) And it could be yours. Architizer and The Municipal Art Society of New York are collaborating on Pitching the City, a singular event that’s part of the New Museum’s Ideas City 2013 Festival. Continue Reading>>

New York Times Editorial: Revitalizing Manhattan’s Midtown East

This thoughtful response to the City’s plans raises many of the issues we have voiced here at MAS.  As a member of the MAS Community, you already know that we are working hard on a report to the City about their proposal for rezoning Midtown.  Take a moment today to make sure your friends and colleagues are on our mailing list and signing up for our event on Tuesday, February 26 at 4 pm where we will be unveiling our full report. NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL: Revitalizing Manhattan’s Midtown East Published: February 10, 2013 Continue Reading>>