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East Midtown Waterfront Project Moves Forward

east river waterfront skylineFor years, MAS has been advocating for the development of a vibrant and active waterfront that attracts both local residents and visitors to one of New York City’s greatest and most abundant resources. Recently, our efforts have focused on the East Midtown Waterfront, a stretch along the East River that spans from 38th Street to 60th Street. The transformation of this portion of the waterfront into a publicly accessible open space will close a significant gap Continue Reading>>

Follow Up: “New York’s Next Great Waterfront Park” In the News

east river waterfront pier new york cityLast week’s release of the MAS report, New York’s Next Great Waterfront Park garnered a fair amount of media attention. A synthesis of the lively and insightful discussions that took place at our July 2011 charrette, the report was prepared in conjunction with noted New York landscape architect Barbara Wilks and her firm, W Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Read the complete report online, or to download it click here. Check out the press about New York’s Next Great Waterfront Park below: Continue Reading>>

MAS Releases “New York’s Next Great Waterfront Park”, A Report on the Future of East Midtown’s Waterfront

waterfront park east river new york urban designOn December 13, 2011, MAS released the report New York’s Next Great Waterfront Park to help guide the transformation of the former Con Ed pier along the East Midtown Waterfront into a thriving public space. New York’s Next Great Waterfront Park was prepared in conjunction with MAS Planning Committee member and noted New York landscape architect Barbara Wilks and her firm W Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Read the complete report online, or to download it click here. Continue Reading>>

MAS Testifies on East River Waterfront Greenway

con-ed plot, east river waterfront new yorkOn September 8, 2011, State Senator Liz Krueger, State Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh and City Council Member Dan Garodnick held the second of three public hearings regarding the proposed United Nations Expansion Plan and development of the East River Waterfront Esplanade from East 38th to 60th Streets. To read MAS’ full testimony, click here. MAS’ advocacy for this project is part of our longstanding commitment to open up access to the waterfront across the city and on the East Side in particular. Continue Reading>>

East Side Waterfront Park: New York’s Next Great Public Space?

east river con ed pier charretteOn July 26 MAS hosted a design charrette for the former Con Ed Pier located between East 38th and East 41st Streets on the East River waterfront. The charrette (an intensive design workshop) was co-sponsored by local elected officials and Community Board Six.  This work is a continuation of MAS’ longstanding commitment to opening up access to the waterfront.  You can read the New York Times event recap here. Continue Reading>>

MAS Keeps Spotlight on Waterfront Access, Organizes Charrette

east river waterfront pier new york cityOn Tuesday, July 26 MAS will host a design charrette to re-imagine an unused pier located between East 38th and East 41st Streets on the East River waterfront. The charrette (an intensive design workshop) is co-sponsored by local elected officials and the community board and will take place at the NYU Langone Medical Center from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. It will include input from the community as well as the expertise of design professionals to produce a plan for the site that is realistic, innovative, and sustainable. Continue Reading>>

Watch List Highlights: Friday, May 6, 2011

United Nations, FDR Drive, and the East River - Photo by Nadia Chaudhury PlaNYC 2.0 Top Priority: Phasing Out Dirty Heating Oils On Earth Day last month, the city announced 132 new initiatives as part of PlaNYC 2.0, including one to phase out two grades of building heating oil, Nos. 6 and 4. Both of these oils have been proven to cause a significant amount of air pollution in the city. One percent of the buildings that currently use those grades of oil are responsible for more than 85 percent of the city’s building soot pollution. Continue Reading>>

This Week’s Highlights: Friday, January 28

East River ParkEast River ParkThe New York City Council held a hearing this week to discuss wireless internet access in public parks. The focus of the hearing was the agreement in principle between the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, and cable providers Cablevision and Time Warner Cable. The cable providers would invest and install wireless services in public parks throughout the city with certain conditions, Continue Reading>>

New Yorkers Get Inside View at MAS

east river waterfront park rendering new york urban designThe September 22 program Inside View: MAS Work in Progress gave a roomful of New Yorkers a behind-the-scenes look at MAS projects and programs, as well as an opportunity to ask questions and make comments. Jasper Goldman, senior policy analyst, discussed developments in Coney Island and Atlantic Yards and offered an update on the East Side Waterfront Park (the latter accompanied by a film on the park’s design charrette which vividly illustrated the planning process). Eve Baron, Juan Camilo Osorio, Sideya Sherman, and Lacey Tauber of the MAS Planning Center, described several programs and projects, including The Livable Neighborhoods Program, CITI Youth Initiative and the Atlas of Community-Based Plans. Judging by the program evaluations, the audience found the evening informative and worthwhile: “Great suggestions were offered to get involved in planning and to become a more informed urbanist” and “Excellent overview of MAS projects and function with good visual support. Have them more often!” The next Inside View will be held next spring. Stay tuned.

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 www.mas.org/programs.

Major Step Forward on East Side Waterfront Park

east river waterfront park rendering new york urban designMAS is pleased to announce that New York City Council Land Use Committee voted this morning to approve a proposed plan for the former Con Ed Site on the East River between 38th and 41st streets on the East River. The plan provides an easement that would enable the realignment of the FDR Drive and the construction of a deck over the highway which will facilitate the creation of a waterfront park on the East Side of Midtown Manhattan that MAS has been advocating for. Continue Reading>>

Update on the East River Waterfront

east river waterfront park rendering new york urban designFor most of the last century, Midtown East has been cut off from its waterfront and starved of open space, but now the stars are aligned to address this. The future of three major projects — the redevelopment of the former Con Ed site, the rebuilding of the FDR Drive and the potential UN campus expansion — is in the balance, and, if planned together, these projects could be designed to create a glorious waterfront park between 38th and 42nd streets that descends to the East River. Continue Reading>>