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The Garment District: Still Seeking Solutions

Garment District - Mannequin Thumnail - Photo by Giles AshfordAhead of 2012’s Fall Fashion Week, the City announced new initiatives to help strengthen New York City’s fashion industry.  In October of 2011 MAS released a report on the Garment District which documented the critical assets of the district and outlined a number of recommendations to strengthen the industry. Our report: Fashioning the Future: NYC’s Garment District can be found here. Continue Reading>>

MAS Releases Report on NYC’s Garment District

garment district new york city economic research reportOne year after our Garment District panel discussion at the 2010 MAS Summit, we’re excited to be releasing Fashioning the Future: NYC’s Garment District at the 2011 edition of the Summit, a report which is the culmination of our work on one of the fashion industry’s greatest assets – Manhattan’s Garment District. Continue Reading>>

See Something, Say Something: 1375 Broadway

Jack Lubin Mural located in the lobby of 1375 BroadwayA few weeks ago, a concerned New Yorker named David Kronfeld wrote to MAS to ask about the fate of the mid-century mosaics in the lobby of 1375 Broadway, a 1928 building being renovated by new owners in the Garment District.  Mr. Kronfeld was worried that the 1962 murals by New York artist Jack Lubin were in the midst of being destroyed. Continue Reading>>

Yeohlee’s Walk Shows Vibrant Garment District

25 West 38th Street: Yeohlee’s Store in the Garment District Fashion designer and MAS Board Member Yeohlee Teng has been working tirelessly to promote a new vision for Manhattan’s Garment District as a hub for innovation and creativity for the fashion industry. In 2009, Yeohlee initiated the study Made in Midtown on behalf of the Council of Fashion Designers of America in partnership with the Design Trust for Public Space. 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>>

Watch List Highlights, Friday, March 25, 2011

Disaster Planning: New York City’s “All Hazards Plan” After the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, The New York Times took a look at how New York City would respond in a disaster and how it could best distribute protocols and information to other agencies and the public. Changing Streets: Happy Birthday, NYC Grid! Tuesday marked the 200th anniversary of the creation of the Manhattan street grid. Also known as Continue Reading>>

Watch List Highlights, Friday, March 18, 2011

Watch List Highlights - Rowing in New York Waterfront: New York’s Sixth Borough The Bloomberg Administration has released the Vision 2020: New York City’s Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, which seeks to create and enhance waterfront access, improve sewage systems and water treatment facilities, and add more natural waterfront features. The proposed East River ferry service for the summer is integrated as well. Vision 2020 also includes the “blue network” which will connect the city’s waterways for small boaters and swimmers. Continue Reading>>

11 To Watch: Our 2011 Livability Watch List

11 For 2011 WatchlistThe Municipal Art Society released a list of 11 initiatives and places that will have the most significant effect on livability in New York City in 2011. “Each item on our Livability Watch List has the potential to profoundly change the way New Yorkers experience their communities and their city,” said Vin Cipolla, MAS president. “How they progress in 2011 will affect livability in New York and cities everywhere.” Continue Reading>>

Watch List Highlights, Friday, February 11, 2011

Garment District - Fashion Avenue - 7 Avenue Garment District In the midst of Fashion Week, the Garment District is in the spotlight. The New York Daily News talks to MAS Board Member Yeohlee Teng, who points out that budding designers rely on local artisans for production. “When you are in school, you can’t, from a collection of 10 pieces, leap into creating 1,000 pieces overseas.” Continue Reading>>

MAS & Fashion Center BID Map the Garment District

Garment District - Mannequin Thumnail - Photo by Giles AshfordJust in time for Fashion Week, the Municipal Art Society (MAS) and the Fashion Center Business Improvement District (BID) have partnered to publish a set of maps documenting the most up-to-date directory of fashion related services in the Garment District. By mapping the directory, MAS and the Fashion Center BID believe that this information will be easier to access and clearer to use. “These maps will help emerging and established designers, buyers and international visitors navigate the wealth of fashion resources housed in the district,” said MAS President Vin Cipolla. Continue Reading>>

MAS President: 2010 A “Milestone Year”

Vin CipollaMAS President Vin Cipolla looks back at MAS’s successful year as we head into 2011. Read his year end report below: What an exciting year it has been for the Municipal Art Society. From moving our home to the landmark Steinway Building last January to a year of provocative new programs, we’ve enjoyed a period of tremendous growth. As 2010 comes to a close, I’d like to review the progress we’ve made and thank you all for supporting our work. Continue Reading>>

Fashion in the City: Bloomberg Takes Steps to Aid Designers

Garment District - Mannequin Thumnail - Photo by Giles AshfordMayor Michael R. Bloomberg recently laid out six new initiatives to aid New York City’s emerging fashion designers. The initiatives were developed as a result of FashionNYC2020, a yearlong study that addressed the challenges facing New York’s fashion industry and proposed ways to strengthen the city’s status as a global fashion enclave. Continue Reading>>