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Recap: 119th Annual Meeting

The 119th Annual Meeting of The Municipal Art Society of New York was a terrific, standing room only event.  Held last Thursday at the newly renovated New-York Historical Society, the annual gathering of MAS members, partners, funders and friends celebrated the integral role of the arts in fostering a livable city. The evening started off with the presentation of the Evangeline Blashfield Award to New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin for her dedication to the arts in New York City. Continue Reading>>

Livable City Award Winners Announced

livable city new york awards urban planning 2011MAS proudly congratulates Gospel for Teens, ioby, Riverpark Farm, Storm King Art Center and Urban Samaritan, winners of the 2011 Livable City Awards, honoring the organizations and projects that have made New York City a better place to live. Angela Elie, center manager of the Detective Keith Williams Recreation Center in Queens, is also being honored with the W. Allison & Elizabeth Stubbs Davis Award for extraordinary dedication to the community. Continue Reading>>

Annual Awards Winners Lauded at the 117th Annual Meeting

Last Wednesday, June 23, MAS held its 2010 Annual Meeting, where it announced the winners of its 39th Annual Awards. The ceremony, held at the Tobacco Warehouse in DUMBO, celebrated the individuals, organizations, places, and events that contribute to the incredible nature of New York City. See photos below. Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation received the Special Recognition Award, for its entrepreneurship, imagination and creativity in creating a livable and fun space for New Yorkers. Other honorees included: Brooklyn Bridge Park and the team behind the recent openings of new 13 acres of land at Piers 1 and 6; Dance Theatre Etcetera’s Angels and Accordions which brought together artists and community members in a live music and dance performance utilizing Green-Wood Cemetery; the Museum of Chinese in America for exhibiting the past, present, and future of New York’s Chinese immigrants; and Learning Leaders, which offers free math and reading tutoring and enrichment programs to public school children. Gregory Jackson was given the W. Allison and Elizabeth Stubbs David Awards, for his work as the director of the Brownsville Recreation Center in Brooklyn. Early attendees were treated to tours of the recently unveiled portions of the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Nominations were submitted by Municipal Art Society members and reviewed by an awards committee chaired by Kitty Hawks. Committee members included Enid Beal, Eugenie Birch, and Alison Tocci. Past honorees included the Brooklyn Flea, Strand Bookstore, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. [AFG_gallery id=’26’]

MAS President to Be Featured at Citizens Union Event

brooklyn flea marketMAS President Vin Cipolla will be the featured speaker at Citizens Union’s second annual Spring for Reform event, taking place on May 12. The event will honor Jonathan Butler and Eric Demby, co-founders of Brooklyn Flea, for their creativity in building such a successful forum for exchange that are strengthening New Yorkers’ spirit of community. Cipolla said his remarks will focus on the importance of public space in New York and around the nation, and how endeavors like Brooklyn Flea have the power to galvanize communities and transform relationships. “I am very pleased to join Citizens Union at this wonderful event, both to pay tribute to the co-founders of Brooklyn Flea and to talk about why public space plays such a significant role in civic life and livability,” he said. Continue Reading>>

Nominate a Deserving Person, Place, Organization or Event for a MAS Annual Award

annual-awards-2009Photo: MAS board members Susan Freedman and Carole Rifkind flank Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan as she accepts a 2009 MAS Annual Award for the Sustainable Streets Strategic Plan. Credit: Steven Tucker. The 2010 MAS Annual Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 23, when the MAS Annual Awards will be made. Any person, place, organization, or momentous event that has made an exceptional contribution to the life of New York City is eligible for an MAS Annual Award, and we are currently accepting nominations from MAS members and friends through Friday, May 14. To submit a nomination, click here to fill in the online nomination form. For your nomination to be considered, you must include your full name, email address, the official name of the organization, place, event or person you are nominating, and an explanation of why you think it deserves an award. Continue Reading>>

Frances Goldin Receives 2009 Yolanda Garcia Community Planner Award

“A renewal effort has to be conceived as a process of building on the inherent social and economic values of the community. Neglecting these values through programs of massive clearance and redevelopment can disrupt an entire community.” These words could easily have been written by South Bronx activist Yolanda Garcia. In the early 1990s, she founded an organization known as We Stay/Nos Quedamos, and led a movement of residents who wanted to remain in their neighborhood despite the City’s plan to redevelop it with low-density, mixed-income housing.  They created an alternative plan for affordable housing development at Melrose Commons that is still being implemented today. However, the words above are actually the opening statement of the Cooper Square Alternate Plan, written in 1961 by a group of activists from the Lower East Side, including Frances Goldin. Known as the Cooper Square Committee, they opposed Robert Moses’ urban renewal plan to demolish and redevelop more than 2,500 housing units in their neighborhood. On July 13, the Municipal Art Society celebrated the kindred spirits of these two community activists by presenting the annual Yolanda Garcia Community Planner (YGCP) Award to Ms. Goldin.  Continue Reading>>

MAS Announces Winners of 2009 Awards at Annual Meeting

MAS announced the winners of its Annual Awards honoring individuals and groups that help define the character of New York City at its annual meeting earlier this week at the Chelsea Art Museum. This year’s awards were highlighted by the Brooklyn Flea, the flea market that is becoming an essential weekend activity for all New Yorkers and IRT: A Tragedy in Three Stations, an original play that actually takes place in the subway. This year’s award-winners also included the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival; Sustainable Streets Strategic Plan for the New York City Department of Transportation 2008 and Beyond; and the Center for New York City Law. “It is an honor for us to be able to recognize all of these unsung heroes and institutions that contribute to New York City’s greatness and we are privileged to do so every year,” said Vin Cipolla, president of MAS. Continue Reading>>

2009 MAS Annual Report Now Available

At yesterday’s annual meeting, MAS launched its new Annual Report Advocate, Effect Change, Support, Convene, Enlighten, Celebrate, which is now available for download in PDF format.

MAS Seeks Nominations for 2009 Annual Awards

Every year, we ask our members to nominate candidates for our annual awards, which are given at our annual meeting to those groups, individuals, structures, and events we believe have contributed most to making New York a more livable city. Last years’ winners included: American Ballroom Theater’s Dancing Classrooms a program for NYC’s 4th graders; the customer service line for all New Yorkers, 311; Solar One; the Long Island City Cultural Alliance; and the amazing comeback of the very mammal that appears on the seal of New York City, as a symbol of industriousness, but has not been seen in the city since the early 1800s, the beaver (specifically José the Beaver in the Bronx River).

Hello, New York City. May I Help You?

311 call center nycLast week, the MAS Urbanists got a behind-the-scenes look at New York City’s state-of-the-art 311 call facility. Winner of a MAS Annual Award in 2008, 311 was launched five years ago and now receives more than 40,000 calls per day. Executive Director Joe Morrisroe and members of his staff enthusiastically presented the ins and outs of this information hub. Even though most calls are predictable (noise complaints in the summer, heat/hot water in the winter, parking questions year round) there are always important anomalies. They offer social services, and have provided informational services for over 2,000,000 callers during peak times like during  the NYC transit strike of 2005. Continue Reading>>

American Ballroom Theater’s “Dancing Classrooms” and its “Youth Dance Company”

children ballroom dancing american theater new yorkEach year at the MAS Annual Meeting individuals, groups, events and extraordinary efforts are celebrated that have contributed to the quality of life in New York City. Honorees are awarded the MAS Certificate of Merit. Amongst those honored this year were American Ballroom Theater’s “Dancing Classrooms.” This company has much to celebrate and to be proud of. Since Pierre Dulaine taught the first ballroom dance class in one public school in l994, the outreach program “Dancing Classrooms” has developed into an amazingly popular and successful Arts-in-Education initiative in New York City’s public schools. Continue Reading>>

A Night to Celebrate the Best of New York

ballroom-dancing-new-york-cityQ: When do you know you really love New York? A: When you join fellow New Yorkers to celebrate the people who help make NYC the greatest city in the world. The 115th annual meeting of the Municipal Art Society of New York, held last Wednesday (July 9) at the TimesCenter, gave MAS members a wonderful occasion to revel in their collective devotion to New York City.MAS president, Kent Barwick, called the meeting to order with the wooden walking stick from the first MAS annual meeting in 1893 and which once belonged to Benjamin Franklin. Awards were given to the Dancing Classroom program for NYC’s 4th graders; the customer service line for all New Yorkers: 311; Solar One, the Long Island City Cultural Alliance, and the amazing comeback of the very mammal that appears on the seal of New York City, as a symbol of industriousness, but has not been seen in the city since the early 1800s. On behalf of Jose the Beaver, the award was presented by Justin Rockefeller (whose family arrived in New York around the same time that we last saw Jose’s!) MAS was also especially proud to give its Third Annual Yolanda Garcia Community Planner Award to Jeanne DuPont. Jeanne founded the Rockaway Waterfront Park Project in 2005 to build a grassroots movement dedicated to protecting one of New York’s most unique neighborhoods. Commissioner Adrian Benepe awarded MAS’ prestigious W. Allison and Elizabeth Stubbs Davis Award to Andrea Williams of the City’s Parks Department.