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50 Years After the Demolition of Penn Station

Save Penn StationFifty years ago this week, on October 28th, 1963, demolition began on the original McKim, Mead & White Penn Station with the ceremonial removal of a nearly three-ton eagle from the 33rd Street Entrance.  The main clock at the station was set at 10:53 to mark the short lifespan of the building.  The building had opened in 1910 and stood for only 53 years. The next day, members of the Action Group for Better Architecture in New York – or AGBANY – who had been working to save the building, wore black armbands and held a vigil in the rain.  Over the next three years, as trains underneath continued to run, the headhouse of Penn Station, a masterpiece of Beaux Arts architecture, was systematically torn down. Continue Reading>>

2013 Jane Jacobs Medalists Announced

Bette MidlerMAS proudly congratulates the recipients of The Rockefeller Foundation’s 2013 Jane Jacobs Medal — Bette Midler and Ian Marvy. The Medals, administered by MAS, are awarded annually to recipients whose work creates new ways of seeing and understanding New York City, challenges traditional assumptions and creatively uses the urban environment to make New York City a place of hope and expectation. Continue Reading>>

Battle over the Aluminaire House Rages On

photo 1Eighty-two years after its debut, the saga of the Aluminaire House continues: On October 15, 2013, a Certificate of Appropriateness to reconstruct the modern icon within the boundaries of the Sunnyside Gardens Historic District was presented before the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. A sizable crowd of architects, historians, preservationists, community residents, and politicians packed the hearing room to voice their opinions. Continue Reading>>

MAS Testifies at Landmarks Preservation Commission on 215 West 57th Street

art students league of nyOn October 22, after a long and lively public hearing, the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted (6-1) to approve a cantilever over the landmarked Art Students League building. The cantilever is part of Extell’s 215 West 57th Street development, a 1,400 foot tall building that will house a hotel and condos above Nordstrom’s. This building is essentially as-of-right except for the applications to cantilever over the landmark and restore storefronts on the landmarked 1780 and 1790 Broadway buildings. Continue Reading>>

Exciting Innovations and New Findings on Livability Announced at MAS Summit for New York City

By Eugenie L. Birch, Chair and Vin Cipolla, President, MAS VinMore than one thousand people gathered at Jazz at Lincoln Center last Thursday and Friday, October 17 and 18 to be part of important discussions on livability and resilience at MAS’ fourth annual Summit for New York City. The days’ themes were Innovation and Leadership–and the audience heard from global thought-leaders and city-builders on important issues affecting New York City and cities around the globe. More than 100 speakers, presenters and moderators joined in the discussion on stage. And, upwards of one thousand watched online from the U.S. and around the world, including New Zealand, India, South Africa and across Europe. Our speakers presented so many exciting and innovative ideas, findings on livability and new initiatives over the two days. We want to share some of the highlights—you can see more on our website at MAS.org. Continue Reading>>

Announcing Penn 2023

Penn2023In the Summer of 2013, at the urging of RPA, MAS, and many others, the New York City Council voted to limit Madison Square Garden’s permit to operate on top of Penn Station to just 10 more years.  By 2023, New York will have had the chance to reimagine our nation’s busiest train station. This represents a historic opportunity to shape the future of Manhattan’s west side and ensure the economic health of the city and the region. Continue Reading>>


The Public Realm and Grand Central

grand central terminal night new york cityBy Eugenie Birch, Chair, and Vin Cipolla, President, MAS This year marks the centennial of Grand Central Terminal—a building that elegantly combines transportation, public space, and architecture.  As is well known, nearly forty years ago and with the aid of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, MAS played a leading role in saving Grand Central Terminal from the wrecking ball that destroyed our other great landmark, Penn Station. Continue Reading>>

Two Days and 100 Speakers for MAS Summit for NYC

Summit150Join us Thursday, October 17 & Friday, October 18 for the MAS Summit for NYC.  You will not want to miss the agenda setting event of the season.  Tickets start as low as $25 per day and al tickets include networking breakfast, lunch and cocktail reception.  See the complete schedule here and highlights from last year here.  Follow all the action on Twitter at #SummitNYC.  Continue Reading>>