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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


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.


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.

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.

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

Vibrant Neighborhoods

Streets, parks and the arts, significant components of a city’s public realm, are especially vital to New York. This panel on Vibrant Neighborhoods will look at how all three elements can be best utilized for successful and thoughtful community building and economic development. Elizabeth H. Berger, president of the Alliance for Downtown New York, will moderate the panel, following an introduction by Frances A. Resheske, senior vice president of Public Affairs at Consolidated Edison, Inc.  Jason Schupbach, director of Design Grant Programs, National Endowment for the Arts, will give an introductory keynote address, looking at the topic from a national perspective. Panelists include Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, Nicholas Baume, the director and chief curator of the Public Art Fund, Sam Miller, president of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Marci Reaven, managing director at Place Matters & City Lore, and Roberta Gratz, journalist and author of recently published “The Battle For Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs,” and a member of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. *photo credit: BrooklynBug

Reclaiming the Public Realm

A city’s public realm – its streets, parks and open spaces – is “the defining characteristic signifying the extent to which a city values all its residents,” according to renowned planner Kevin Lynch. A recent wave of redevelopment in New York is generating new public spaces on the waterfront and in former industrial areas. Gordon J. Davis, partner at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, will introduce this keynote event on Reclaiming the Public Realm. Regina Myer, president of the Brooklyn Bridge Park, Leslie Koch, president of the Trust for Governors Island, and Eloise Hirsh, administrator at Freshkills Park, will each speak about their projects and examine issues of ownership and a shared stake in the city’s public realm at a time when diverse cultures, civic interaction and openness often compete with privatization, consumerism and private financing. * photo credit: Alison Cartwright

The Yolanda Garcia Community Planner Award

The Yolanda Garcia Community Planner Award acknowledges the hardworking leaders of grassroots community-based planning. This award was created in 2006 to honor the work of the late Yolanda Garcia, a community activist from the South Bronx. Under Ms. Garcia’s leadership, the residents of Melrose founded Nos Quedamos and transformed a neighborhood by successfully creating its own vision and alternative to the city’s urban renewal plan. Each year the Municipal Art Society presents the award to an individual who embodies the spirit of Ms. Garcia—overcoming the many obstacles to grassroots, community-led planning and succeeding in bringing neighborhood need and vision into New York City’s planning process. Laurie Beckelman, founding partner of the project management firm Beckelman+Capalino, LLC, will open this segment of the program. Yolanda Gonzalez, CEO of Nos Quedamos and daughter of Yolanda Garcia, will present the award to Kelley Williams, executive director of the Strycker’s Bay Neighborhood Council.

Resilience, Prosperity and the New “Low-Carbon” Economy

In a time of limited public resources, what are the new innovations and financing models that can help build resilient, livable cities and new “low-carbon” economies that are both sustainable and prosperous? Drawing from the Rockefeller Foundation’s global and local urban initiatives, President Judith Rodin will deliver a keynote address on new strategies and approaches to plan for climate change, promote “green” jobs, invest in affordable transportation and housing, and strengthen social capital and inclusion in cities. President Rodin will also highlight creative financing models that leverage public-private funding pools and partnerships to support innovations that can drive prosperity, growth and new cutting-edge opportunities.