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Victory: Stonewall Inn Is Landmarked

MAS Testimony to the Landmarks Preservation Commission regarding the designation of Stonewall Inn, 51-53 Christopher Street, Manhattan as an Individual Landmark Building June 22, 2015 The Municipal Art Society (MAS) is a private, non-profit membership organization that advocates for intelligent urban planning, design, and preservation through education, dialogue and advocacy. MAS supports efforts to preserve cultural landmarks that recognize and protect sites with rich social histories unique to New York City. To this end we support Individual Landmark Designation for the Stonewall Inn, at 51-53 Christopher Street, because of the integral role it played in sparking the modern gay rights movement. Continue Reading>>

MAS Reiterates Its Support for Pier55

Re: Civic Group Sues to Halt Hudson River Park Backed by Barry Diller [New York Times, June 12, 2015] “MAS was proud to testify in support of Pier55 during its extensive public hearing and environmental review process this winter, and we remain strong supporters of the project. From Brooklyn Bridge Park to the High Line, public/private partnerships have proven to be an indispensable tool for transforming New York’s untapped public spaces. The fact is, Pier 54 is crumbling and neither the State nor the City has the resources or the will to safely repair it. To oppose this project is to favor inertia over action, caution tape over ribbon-cuttings. Pier55 was conceived in the spirit of cooperation and it deserves the same treatment, even from its detractors.” -Margaret Newman, Executive Director, Municipal Art Society of New York

Building a Sustainable Civic Commons

Montreal marketLast year MAS, with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, conducted a series of workshops in various cities to Re-Imagine the Civic Commons. We found that a variety of factors have led to disinvestment in the commons. Many existing assets—post offices for example—have lost their usefulness as societal needs have shifted. These trends, combined with stretched city budgets, have resulted in decreased funds to libraries, reduced community center hours, reductions to park maintenance and programming, and sometimes the disposition of public land. Continue Reading>>