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Day One Welcome Address

First Deputy Mayor of the City of New York,  Patti Harris, will be the keynote speaker for the Welcome Address on Thursday morning, following the opening remarks of David M. Childs and Vin Cipolla, chairman and president of the Municipal Art Society of New York, respectively.

Day Two Welcome Address

Ashton Hawkins, counsel at Gersten Savage LLP, will introduce the keynote speaker for the Welcome Address on Friday morning – Kate D. Levin, commissioner of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. *photo credit: Giles Ashford

New York’s City Vitals: The Economics of Livability

What are the economic benefits that cities like New York gain by being more livable? Joe Cortright, president and principal economist for Impresa, a consulting firm specializing in regional economic analysis, will speak about the ways certain urban environments incubate talent, innovation, connections and distinctiveness, and the positive economic effects this has in these areas.  Mr. Cortright, working as a senior policy advisor for CEOs for Cities, developed City Vitals, a report that documents these four key elements that drive prosperity in urban environments. Brendan Sexton, partner of The Sexton Company and former president of The Municipal Art Society will introduce this presentation. *photo credit: Giles Ashford

Guided Tours: AM Walk or Bike to Summit, PM Visit Farley Building and Ugly Streets

EARLY MORNING

Walk to the Summit | 7:30 AM sharp.

Join architectural historian Matt Postal for an examination of the varied streetscape that lies south of Pennsylvania Station and Madison Square Garden.  Explore the neighborhood’s evolution from residential to commercial use, with brief stops to discuss sites associated with fashion and the fur trade, 20th Century urban renewal, and mass transit.  Meet at southwest corner of 8th Avenue & 24th Street.   Space limited.  Tour reservation required.

Bike to the Summit  | 7:30 AM sharp; for free bike rental, arrive at 7:15 AM sharp.

Join Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, for a ride from Battery Park to the Penn Plaza Pavilion on 33rd Street.  Along the way, gain a representative experience of what it is like to bike in New York City, with greenways, painted lanes, protected median lanes and Copenhagen-style cycle track lanes.  Hear his views on why certain designs are more desirable than others and on the controversy that still shrouds some bike lanes.  Summit registrants only.  Meet at Bike n Roll – Battery Place and West Street, just west of Pier A.   Tour reservation required. Space and free bike rental are limited.

AFTER LUNCH

Farley Building: Past, Present & Future | 1:00 PM sharp

Join Mehul Patel, vice president of Moynihan Station Development Corporation, for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Farley Building as Phase I of its transformation into Moynihan Station begins. Phase I will improve circulation infrastructure and provide two new entrances through the Farley Building to the Penn Station tracks.  In the future, the great courtyard of the historic building will become a sky-lit train hall larger than the main concourse at Grand Central Terminal and a second sky-lit space will become an intermodal hall. The Farley Building also provides impressive private development opportunities. See the enormous potential, now beginning to be realized, of this landmarked McKim, Mead and White structure. Meet in the North Rotunda of the Farley Building (climb the Eighth Ave. steps and turn right as you enter the post office lobby). Space limited.  Tour reservation required.

“Ugly” Streets Tour | 1:00 PM sharp

Stroll through the Penn area with Frank Addeo, member of the Municipal Art Society’s Streetscape Committee, who will lead a tour through the Herald Square/ Pennsylvania Station area. Though billed as the “Ugly Streets Tour,” participants may discover that “ugly” is in the eye of the beholder. Find out how these vibrant streets in the area attract New Yorkers and tourists alike and greatly contribute to what makes New York City a great walking city. Along the way learn about fascinating streetscape issues that have been a focus of the MAS’s Streetscape Committee. Meet in the lower lobby of the Penn Plaza Pavilion. Space limited.  Tour reservation required.

The Big Idea – Livability

How livable a city is New York? Municipal Art Society Chairman David M. Childs and President Vin Cipolla will open the inaugural MAS Summit for New York City by posing that question to several prominent New Yorkers, who will kick off the day’s discussions. Philip K. Howard, vice-chairman of Covington & Burling LLP and MAS board member, will set the stage, followed by Ronay Menschel, chairperson for Phipps Houses, who will introduce keynote speaker Janette Sadik-Khan, commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation.

The MAS Survey on Livability

MAS President Vin Cipolla will release the results of the MAS Survey on Livability. The Municipal Art Society commissioned the Marist Institute for Public Opinion to conduct the survey of 1,000 New Yorkers to determine what they feel makes New York City livable.  The survey is supported by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. Panelists will react to the results of the survey and discuss how the concerns of New York City residents can be addressed and how livability can be improved. Gary Zarr, principal at Phil & Company, will introduce this panel and Time Out North America president Alison Tocci will moderate the discussion. Panelists include Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, Robert McNulty, CEO of Partners for Livable Communities, and MAS Urban Fellow Mary Rowe.

New Tools for Civic Engagement: Betaville

New and developing technologies are shaping the future of New York City’s built environment. Perhaps the best example of this is Betaville, a project based on gaming technology that invites the public to have hands-on participation in re-creating real urban spaces. This unique project, which currently focuses on Lower Manhattan, was created by Carl Skelton, director of the New York University Polytechnic Institute’s Brooklyn Experimental Media Center.  MAS board member William H. Wright II will set the stage for this presentation and Norman Jacknis, director of Cisco IBSG Public Sector, will introduce Mr. Skelton who will give an overview of Betaville and its functionality. Summit participants will then be invited to use this technology in a special demonstration area.

Demographics of a Changing New York

What does it mean to have a dynamic population in New York? Why is immigration vital to our city? How do we compare to other urban environments regionally and nationally? Demographics of a Changing New York will address these questions and look at what the statistics mean to New York’s neighborhoods. The panel will be moderated by New York Times Journalist Sam Roberts. Joseph Salvo, a well known demographics expert and director of the Population Division at the New York City Department of City Planning, will present findings on population shifts and trends in the city. Panelist Gordon Campbell, president & CEO of United Way of New York City, will talk about New York’s senior population. Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, will respond from the perspective of New York’s diverse immigrant communities. Caron Nazario, a MAS CITI Youth student, will discuss livability from the youth perspective. And Vicki Been, Boxer Family professor of Law, affiliated professor of Public Policy, and faculty director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University, will address what these needs mean for the questions that the city faces in terms of land use policy and economic development. *photo credit: Giles Ashford

Closing Discussion

How can we continue to create an environment that supports the varied needs of our residents? In what ways can new ideas, technology and creativity propel our city into the next decade? Kinshasha Holman Conwill, deputy director of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, will introduce the Summit’s last discussion between Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Community Board 1 Chair Julie Menin. They will take a final look at the direction of our city in the years to come and discuss how we, as the shapers of this environment, can come together to create a better New York for all who visit, work and live here.

Art Works: When Art Builds Community

New York’s dynamic and diverse arts and cultural organizations contribute significantly to the livability of the neighborhoods they inhabit. They provide opportunities for nurturing creativity and artistic expression; they reinforce placemaking; they stimulate economic activity; and, in many cases, they provide a rich cultural connection for residents.  This panel will explore the symbiotic relationship between arts institutions and their communities.  The panel will be moderated by author and filmmaker Carole Rifkind, following an introduction by Susan K. Freedman, president of the Public Art Fund.   Panelists for the Art Works: When Art Builds Community discussion include Anne Pasternak, president and artistic director of Creative Time; Thelma Golden, director and chief curator for the Studio Museum of Harlem, Lisa Phillips, director of the New Museum of Art, Randall Bourscheidt, president of Alliance for the Arts, and Ethel Sheffer, principal at Insight Associates. *photo credit: Giles Ashford

Sustainable Housing for New York’s Future

Developing sustainable and affordable housing is essential to expanding New York City’s creative capital.  This presentation, discussing Sustainable Housing for New York’s Future, will delve into the most significant issues facing New York City’s housing stock and assess new ways to make good housing realistic and accessible. Jerilyn Perine, executive director of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council, will moderate the panel, following an introduction by Charles A. Platt, of Platt Byard Dovell and White Architects, LLP.  Panelists include Julia Vitullo-Martin, senior fellow at the Regional Plan Association and director of the Center for Urban Innovation, Paul Freitag, managing director of development at Jonathan Rose Companies, Sheena Wright, president and CEO of Abyssinian Development Corporation, and Bomee Jung, program director for Enterprise Green Communities. *photo credit: Giles Ashford

MASterworks Design Awards

Seven provocative and innovative architecture and urban design projects have been chosen as the 2010 winners of The Municipal Art Society of New York’s MASterworks Design Awards sponsored by Helaba, Landesbank Hessen-Thuringen The winners include Cooper Union’s 41 Cooper Square building designed by Thom Mayne as Best New Building, the Empire State Building lobby restoration project as Best Historical Restoration, and the High Line as a Neighborhood Catalyst. Organized annually by The Municipal Art Society (MAS) and sponsored by international banking and investment group Helaba, Landesbank Hessen-Thuringen, the MASterworks Awards recognize excellence in architecture and urban design completed within the last year across New York City.