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In A City So Young, Where’s the Youth Voice in Planning?

foreign born youth map nyc 2009 New York is a young city. With a population of over eight million people, 27 percent are below the age of 19, with 10 percent between the ages of 12 and 19. Young people are an integral part of the fabric of New York, representing more than a quarter of the population in neighborhoods such as the South Bronx, East New York, and Corona. Teens, particularly, make intensive use of the public spaces, businesses, and parks and playgrounds in their own neighborhoods and in neighborhoods where they attend school. Issues critical to the quality of life for young people, such as public safety, public health, and a clean environment are part and parcel of debates over urban planning and development, but youth participation in neighborhood decision-making is rare. The obstacles to their participation are considerable, but not insurmountable. Across the city young people and their adult allies are working together to ensure that young voices are heard. Continue Reading>>

Make a Map! now links you directly to the City’s newest mapping resource: NYCityMap. Brought to you by the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunication (DOITT), the new map features a much expanded selection of data, aerial photos, and much more. You can search by address, block and lot, or intersection. To help learn to navigate this new tool, click here for a step-by-step training guide, or contact Sideya Sherman at the MAS Planning Center or for assistance and upcoming trainings.

Field Trip Inspires Dreams

citi youth field trip books libraryOn Friday April 4th, MAS accompanied 20 high school students on a visit to architecture and planning firms Perkins Eastman and BFJ Planning. The students, who are part of the MAS CITI Youth program, had a first-hand look at the work of professional architects and planners — receiving an office tour and presentations by key staff from both firms. For the past seven months, these interns have been working as map technicians at their local community board. The students attend public community board meetings where they create and project maps to help facilitate the decision-making process. As a component of their internship, MAS provides monthly professional development workshops that are aimed at helping them increase their capacity as map technicians and expand their knowledge base. Continue Reading>>

New Address: Same Useful, User-Friendly Maps

myciti website screenshotAs always, the MYCITI website allows you to easily create and view maps about your community’s land use and zoning, property ownership, subway routes, schools, elected officials, and more. For a short while, as we finalize improvements, you can visit us at

CITI Youth Goes Downtown

community board panel stage The Municipal Art Society is pleased to welcome Manhattan Community Board 1 (MN CB1) and high school students Alina Lee and Karen Wang to the CITI Youth program. MN CB1, which covers Lower Manhattan and Tribeca is an ideal place for students to engage with real-life planning issues. And this new team of interns has been working very hard to understand the nature of New York City’s local government, develop new mapping skills, and exchange information with other students in the program as they learn about community planning. Continue Reading>>

MAS Welcomes the New Class

This month, the MAS Planning Center kicked off its fifth year of the CITI Youth Program with a new class of map technicians from all corners of the city. Forty New York City high school students are now embarking on year-long paid internships with their local community boards, presenting live, internet-based land use maps during community board meetings. Recently, with the help of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s office, the Planning Center was able to substantially expand the program in Manhattan — serving seven of Manhattan’s 12 community boards. Continue Reading>>

Customized Maps & Data at Your Fingertips

gis training computer learning community planningHaving easy access to data and maps is critical to public participation in planning. Thanks in no small part to the efforts of community advocates and community boards around the city, more data than ever before is available on-line to assist in neighborhood-level decision-making. Property-level information on zoning and ownership, Department of Buildings data on permits and violations, district-level data on 311 complaints and health statistics, and Census Bureau demographic information are but a few of the resources available. You can access all of this information and more at Empowering communities with planning tools and technology is a core part of the work of the MAS Planning Center. The MyCITI initiative began as a demonstration of the utility of publicly-accessible GIS (Geographic Information Systems) data as a tool for community participation in local planning. Made possible through a partnership between the City of New York and the Municipal Art Society, now provides direct access to PLUTO’s detailed property information including zoning, ownership, land use and lot dimensions. Continue Reading>>

Join MAS for an Inside View of Current Issues

east river waterfront rendering sketchOn Monday, September 22, MAS policy staff will host an informal discussion about current projects and programs taking place throughout New York City. Jasper Goldman, senior policy analyst, will provide an update on the East Side Waterfront Park, and MAS Planning Center staff members Eve Baron, Juan Camilo Osorio, and Sideya Sherman will review tools for grassroots planning, including the Livable Neighborhoods program, technology aimed at increasing public participation, and CITI Youth training and resources. Inside View: MAS Work in Progress, Monday, September 22, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m., at the Municipal Art Society, 457 Madison Avenue at East 51st Street. FREE, but reservations are strongly recommended.  Call 212 935 2075 to RSVP. For details of other upcoming MAS programs, visit

MAS Seeks High School Students for CITI Youth Program

citi-youth-achievers-new-york-city-gisAs part of its Community Information Technology Initiative (CITI), the Municipal Art Society Planning Center coordinates the CITI Youth program for New York City high school students. The program is aimed at introducing students in tenth grade and above to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and how it can be used as a tool for community decision-making. Interested students can apply for a semester-long, paid internship at their local community board office. One to two students per participating community district will be chosen to serve as their board’s “Map Technician.” These students will receive a four-hour, intensive training focused on the organization and mandate of community boards and instruction on the set up of required hardware. They are then required to attend each monthly community board meeting and each monthly meeting of the board’s Housing/Land Use Committee. At these meetings students are responsible for using a laptop computer and LCD projector (provided through CITI) to display maps from the CITI website of areas being discussed at the meeting. Applications are available online here (PDF). Please contact Sideya Sherman at the MAS Planning Center for more information.

CITI Youth: Future of NYC

new york citi youth geographic information systems mapsOn Wednesday, June 25, in a special awards ceremony featuring music by Dimitri Bartholomew and a rousing inspirational speech by former Planning Center director Micaela Birmingham, MAS honored this year’s crop of CITI Youth Map Technicians. The CITI Youth program trains high school students in the use of Geographic Information Systems and places them in paid internships at their local community boards to provide on-the-spot electronic maps ( at board and committee meetings. Map Technicians Jackson Hidalgo, Eric Kenny, Caron Nazairo, and Peejay Howard of Brooklyn; Ahmed Dirhalleh and J. Little Horse Hollingsworth of Queens; Dolly Ou, Dorian Valentine, and Jesse Pan of Manhattan; and Latoya Herndon and Shaquana Staton of the Bronx received awards for the commitment and skill they displayed while providing a much-needed service to their community boards. Continue Reading>>

MAS Maps Make History in Prospect Heights

prospect heights brooklyn historic district boundary mapMAS and the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Corporation (PHNDC) recently partnered to advocate for a new historic district in Prospect Heights. This hands-on collaborative experience resulted in LPC’s consideration of 750 contributing buildings, and the decision to move forward with the designation a new historic district in Prospect Heights. The partnership revolved around a community mapping initiative that produced a unique tool that anchored discussion among multiple stakeholders and helped mark the boundaries of the district proposed to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). Continue Reading>>

CitiYouth Maps the Five Boroughs

citi youth classroom planningOn Saturday April 5th, 2008, CITI Youth interns Tiffany Williams, Latoya Herndon, Eric Kenny, and Peejay Howard joined over 100 students from across North America at the 2008 PLANet Youth Conference. This inaugural conference, organized by the Young Planners Network, held at the Brooklyn Academy of Urban Planning in Bushwick, marked the start of “… an international movement to empower young people, educate adults, influence planning trends, and exchange best practices.” The conference featured sessions led by young people from various cities, covering topics ranging from gentrification to rebuilding New Orleans. Continue Reading>>