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Be a Jane’s Walk Host May 4 and 5

The Municipal Art Society is thrilled to announce the dates for our third annual Jane’s Walk NYC, to be held Saturday and Sunday, May 4th and 5th.  Just as Jane Jacobs urged residents to become advocates for their communities, MAS is excited for you to become the “eyes on the street” and lead a walk or bike tour of an area of the city, on a subject that you’re passionate about.  Submit your walk today. Continue Reading>>

MTA Metro-North Teams with MAS for Daily Official Guided Tour of Grand Central

In celebration of Grand Central Terminal’s (GCT) centennial year, MTA Metro-North Railroad, the stewards of the Terminal, team up with The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) – one of the organizations credited with saving the Terminal from destruction nearly 40 years ago – for a new docent-guided tour program that highlights the history, architecture and operation of the world’s biggest train terminal. Continue Reading>>

Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark

GUEST POST: Anthony W. Robins is an historian, writer and lecturer who has led MAS tours for several decades. He teaches the research skills used in writing his new book in an annual MAS seminar, being offered this year in April.  To anybody who’s worked in or cared about the historic preservation movement in New York, the very name “Grand Central Terminal” has enormous significance, because it conjures the 1978 Supreme Court decision that put preservation on a solid legal footing. By chance, I started working at the New York Landmarks Commission in January of 1979, just a few months after the Court had handed down the decision.  Kent Barwick, who had guided the effort at the Municipal Art Society, had just moved over to be the LPC’s new chairman. The general feeling was that historic preservation had passed a critical test – now it was legitimate, accepted, constitutional.  The name “Grand Central” became a kind of shorthand for not just a major victory, but an entirely changed environment. Continue Reading>>

Hidden TriBeCa

tribeca white street corner signIn this weekly blog series, MAS Intern and Sarah Lawrence College Senior Kate Lenahan reports back on her adventures on MAS tours. We hope you will also share your tour experiences with us on our Facebook pageTwitter, or follow us on Instagram at MAS_NYC. With real estate prices rising and developers snatching up open lots for new commercial and residential buildings, it was fitting for MAS tour guide and historian Matt Postal to begin last Saturday’s tour of TriBeCa with the question, “What is so hidden about TriBeCa?” Continue Reading>>

The Architecture of Literacy

charles bj snyder architectJean Arrington had wanted to live in New York most of her life, but had a tenured position teaching English in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her daughter moved to New York City and offered an irresistible inducement, “If you come, I’ll have a baby.” She discovered the school designs of Charles C.J. Snyder while job hunting, and was amazed at the quality of the 19th and early 20th century buildings—full of light and air, made of fire-resistant materials and handsome, too. Jean was “astounded” however, to find no book on Snyder. Through the internet, she tracked down Christopher Gray’s New York Times columns on Snyder and gave him a call. Continue Reading>>

Architecture Beyond Sight

architecture grand central station pediment new yorkThis October is the ninth annual Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month, founded by Art Education for the Blind (AEB). The mission of AEB is to make art, art history, and visual culture accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. Since AEB’s founding in 1987, it has worked with museums across the nation and around the world. Continue Reading>>

New & Notable Tour: Starchitecture NYC, 2011

tour frank gehry iac building new yorkSince the turn of the 21st century, dozens of new buildings and public spaces by celebrated American and international designers have been added to New York’s cityscape. This fall, MAS is offering four opportunities to view and visit a number of these exemplary designs in one concentrated, three-hour tour. We will travel by small motor coach, with stops to take a closer look on the ground and to step inside selected buildings. Continue Reading>>

Love New York? Walk the Talk this Weekend In the Spirit of Jane Jacobs

MAS is looking forward to hosting this weekend’s Jane’s Walk in New York City, a series of free neighborhood walks and bike rides throughout all five boroughs, celebrating the legacy of Jane Jacobs. This is the first year MAS is coordinating Jane’s Walk in New York City, and we have more than 20 walks led by local residents and urban enthusiasts planned for the weekend. Continue Reading>>

What Is the State of Our Streets?

Select Bus Service - Photo by Denis Desmond We’ve offered two excellent programs on streets; now take an eye-opening tour, experiencing our changing streets and changing transportation firsthand in the company of highly knowledgeable tour leaders. On the first tour on April 16, we’ll begin by boarding a Select Bus and assessing its operation. (Does the ticketing work? Comparable to a subway in speed?) Continue Reading>>

MAS Tour Guide: One of the World’s Best

Francis Morrone Our very own Francis Morrone was just named one of the thirteen best tour guides in the world (one of only two in the United States) by Travel + Leisure magazine. Francis is an accomplished professor, tour leader and author of more than eight books, including the upcoming The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, which he wrote with Henry Hope Reed (who co-led the very first MAS walking tour in 1956). Francis also co-authored Ten Architectural Walks in Manhattan, a guidebook MAS published in 2009. Continue Reading>>

MAS In April – Celebrating Our Streets!

New York City Streets - Photo by Nadia ChaudhuryBack by popular demand, it’s the second annual MAS Streets Month! Thanks to the popularity of our first Streets Month programs, we are back with a great lineup for this April. Great cities start with great streets, and next month, MAS will celebrate what’s new, interesting, and controversial about New York City’s largest and ever-changing network of public spaces. New York’s streets have seen a great deal of change in the past few years. Continue Reading>>

MAS April/May Newsletter/Calendar Now Available

Henry Hogg Biddle House - Photo by Emilio Guerra The MAS April/May newsletter and calendar is hitting mailboxes across the city right now. This issue features MAS Streets Month programs and tours, and our May 11 program on the future of New York City’s skyline. In addition to our Streets Month tours, there’s a daylong visit to Tottenville in Staten Island, as well as our annual tour of Jane Jacob’s West Village, in honor of Jacobs’ birthday—this year would have been her 95th! Continue Reading>>