Archive for 'Gowanus'

Admiral’s Row and Manufacturing Land Threatened

Admirals Row MAS Option C IIDescribing MAS as a “civic group” advocating for the preservation of Admiral’s Row in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, NY1 covers the ongoing debate over the future of the area on its website today, but does not mention the mid-August visioning session MAS convened with community representatives, architects, preservations, and other experts to explore alternatives to demolition of the historic buildings.

MAS officially presented the outcomes of this visioning in the form of initial plans to the owners National Guard and future owners City of New York/Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation at a Section 106 meeting last week. This fall, MAS and local groups will continue to expand and enrich these alternative plans by presenting them to the public for feedback and input. For more news, Continue Reading>>

Accountable Development Working Group Meeting: Aug. 27

This Wednesday is the third meeting of the Accountable Development Working Group, hosted by Task Force member organization The Fifth Avenue Committee. The meeting takes place from 6 – 8pm here at the Fifth Avenue Committee’s offices at 621 DeGraw Street (near Fourth Avenue, in Brooklyn). On this month’s agenda:

· A brief presentation about the proposed rezoning of Sunset Park

· A brief presentation about the proposed rezoning in Gowanus

· Plotting upcoming activities for the fall

· Revival of the “Demystifying Zoning”, “Demystifying Affordable Housing” workshops, coming soon!

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Reforms to get More Bidders on City Projects and Microorganisms in Gowanus Canal

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Credit: Jasper Goldman

MAS Issues in the Press:

- Roland Lewis, President of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, is answering questions this week about the waterfront on the New York Times‘ City Blog. Coney Island USA has teamed up with the Shmaltz Brewing Company to advertise their Sideshow image to a wider audience (Brooklyn Daily Paper).

- Special Board meetings of the Port Authority will be held monthly to discuss the agency’s progress at Ground Zero (New York Times). Mayor Bloomberg supports putting a Costco on the Upper West Side of Manhattan citing the economic downturn, and the need for jobs and low prices for consumers (New York Sun).

- The refurbished plazas and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center are on track for completion in 2009 (New York Sun). Curbed has photographs of the rapid demolition of the historic Kent Avenue power plant. Continue Reading>>

St. Vincent’s Future Unclear and Protests of the Lower East Side Rezoning

prospect heights brooklyn new york historic districtMAS in the Press:
MAS Director of Advocacy and Policy Lisa Kersavage speaks about the likely designation of Prospect Heights as an historic district, a long time project of MAS and the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Corp (Brooklyn Daily Eagle). MAS Urbanists celebrated sustainability in preservation last night at a fundraiser at the new LEED certified Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO, Brooklyn (DUMBONYC, Gothamist).

MAS Issues in the Press:
- Celebrity neighbors of St. Vincent’s Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins spoke out against the proposed redevelopment at the Landmarks Preservation Commission (NY Times) however City Council speaker Christine Quinn, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, state Senator Thomas Duane, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler spoke out in support (Crain’s NY Business). Continue Reading>>