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Join Us at the Annual Friends of the Arts Party

Tickets are now available for the annual Friends of the Arts Party, presented by the MAS Urbanists.  The event will be on Thursday, December 13 at Sotheby’s during the preview of the Important 20th Century Design auction.  This year’s theme is champagne and confections. As committed urban advocates, we all recognize that arts and culture play a vital role in making New York City a vibrant, dynamic, inspiring place, at the forefront of design and innovation. Continue Reading>>

Urbanist Hosted MAS After DarkParty: Last Chance to Buy Tickets

MAS Annual Gala 2011 at the New York Public LibraryIt’s your last chance to buy advance early rate $50 tickets for the second annual Urbanist hosted MAS After Dark party, this Thursday, April 19 at the New York Public Library—tickets will be $75 at the door. Featuring special guest DJs Timo & Alan of Timo Weiland, a SPiN New York hosted table tennis tournament, appearances by Project Runway designers, a silent auction and open bar, this hot ticket event is nearly sold out. Continue Reading>>

MAS Launches Young Urbanist Activities for 2012

programs 2012 urbanist open house thumbThe MAS Greenacre Reference Library was packed last Thursday evening as MAS launched its year of special programming for Urbanist members with a briefing by MAS president Vin Cipolla and reception. A number of new initiatives are slated for 2012 including regular monthly Urbanist Outings, a brand new benefit package for Leadership Council members, and other opportunities for getting involved in the work of MAS at several different levels. Many new Urbanists also took advantage of our special $75 membership offer that includes a MAS After Dark party ticket. If you missed it, you can see photos, learn more about what’s planned and find out how to join here:

Tickets now Available for the Second Annual Urbanist MAS After Dark Party

MAS Annual Gala 2011 at the New York Public LibraryTickets are now on sale for the second annual Urbanist MAS After Dark  party on Thursday, April 19 at the New York Public Library, featuring a special guest DJ, open bar and silent auction. This hot ticket event will follow the annual Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal gala, which is honoring Joan Ganz Cooney and Peter G. Peterson this year. The After Dark party is organized by the Urbanists, the MAS younger membership group of New Yorkers in their 20s and 30s Continue Reading>>

MAS Urbanists Visit Time Out Magazine

During a recent tour of Time Out New York‘s offices, the MAS Urbanists were invited to design the cover for an upcoming issue of the magazine. Check out the ideas they came up with below, and watch the slideshow from member Anita Aguilar. urbanist redesign time out magazine cover february 2011urbanist time out magazine spread february 2011

Attention Young New Yorkers!

lincoln-center-tourPhoto: Urbanists get a private tour of the Lincoln Center’s new primary entryway along Columbus Avenue. If you’re a young person living or working in New York, you play a vital role in this city. More than one-third of all New Yorkers are under the age of forty and the collective influence of young New Yorkers on this city’s future will be substantial. Whether you’re a new or a native New Yorker, your voice and passion for urban living is something we at MAS recognize and share. For over ten years, MAS has offered hundreds of individuals, early in their careers, broad exposure to the critical issues of urban planning, design and public space through our Urbanist program. We invite you to join us! Continue Reading>>

MAS Urbanists Get Inside Look at Possible Futures Downtown

exhibition“What if you could live, work and raise sheep in the same building?” is just one of the provocative ideas raised by the proposals commissioned by the Downtown Alliance in the newly installed exhibit in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan. Chris Reynolds, MAS Urbanist and Assistant VP of Planning for the Downtown Alliance, and representatives of the firms Beyer Blinder Belle and ARO/Architecture Research Office recently led a group of MAS Urbanists on a special guided tour of the exhibit. The Downtown Alliance, also known as the Lower Manhattan Business Improvement District, commissioned input from architects, urban planners, and artists for this outdoor exhibit, imagining the changes that might lead to a vibrant future for “Greenwich South,” an area roughly bounded by Broadway to the East, West Street to the East, Liberty Street to the North, and Battery Place to the South. Continue Reading>>

Tribute in Light: The Eighth Anniversary

tribute in light flag half raisedThis Friday the Tribute in Light will illuminate the skies over Lower Manhattan for the eighth year to commemorate the attacks on the World Trade Center. The Tribute in Light honors those who were lost on September 11, as well as those who worked so hard to get our city through its greatest trial. The idea for the lights was independently conceived by several artists and designers, who were brought together under the auspices of the Municipal Art Society and Creative Time. The Tribute in Light is now produced annually by the MAS on the September 11th anniversary. It was designed by John Bennett, Gustavo Bonevardi, Richard Nash Gould, Julian Laverdiere, Paul Myoda and lighting designer Paul Marantz. Tribute in Light is made possible by a grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and with the generous assistance of Con Edison. Continue Reading>>

MAS Urbanists Tour New City Streetscapes with DOT

bike lanes street left hand sideIt is forecast that by 2030, there will be one million additional people living in the City of New York. However, our transit systems – our roads, our subways, our buses – are already at or near capacity. How will all these people get around? Will the city they inhabit have a people-friendly, walkable cityscape, or will they inhabit a warren of automobile corridors? On June 16th, the MAS Urbanists participated in a walking tour of some of the areas of Manhattan in which the Department of Transportation (DOT) is testing how street capacity can be increased. Led by Ed Janoff, DOT Senior Project Manager for Streetscapes and Public Spaces, urbanists observed how the agency, with a small budget, cooperation from other city departments, and a very limited design vocabulary, is creating new public spaces. While these spaces will have more permanent design elements added over the next three years, part of the beauty of these new spaces derives from the ingenuity with which they were arranged. Continue Reading>>

Urbanist Members Enjoy Open House with MAS Staff

urbanist open house 2009The Urbanists — the MAS membership group of young New Yorkers in their 20s and 30s —  joined advocacy staff on Wednesday night for an informal, insider’s presentation of the advocacy campaigns MAS is championing this year. Over drinks, Urbanist members learned about the critical role that historic preservation plays in the future of a sustainable city (“the greenest building is the one that is already built”); saving the irreplaceable 19th century buildings of Admiral’s Row, adjacent to the Brooklyn Navy Yard and adapting them to new uses; and, the new vision and plan for Coney Island, one of America’s most iconic neighborhoods. Continue Reading>>

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>>

Think You Know New York City?

Do you know what the name of Henry Hudson’s ship was, or which Midtown skyscraper is named for a woman’s cosmetic? What about the identity of the figure on horseback outside the Museum of Natural History, or the name of Kennedy Airport before it was named for the late president? If so, you should have joined MAS and quiz-masters Greg Young and Tom Meyers, aka The Bowery Boys (pictured), last night at Common Ground Bar as they put teams of New Yorkers through their paces on a variety of topics relating to New York City history. Congratulations to NYC Trivia Night champions Steve Scofield and Julia Mucci – the Astoria Aces, edging out the Certificates of No Effect in a tight-fought contest, winning themselves a variety of New York City maps and books from the MAS bookstore Urban Center Books. In addition to their weekly podcast exploring different aspects of New York City history, the The Bowery Boys maintain a website which serves as a source of entertainment and information for native New Yorkers, former New Yorkers, and tourists alike. They believe that the more people become interested in the city’s past, the less likely it is to be bulldozed.