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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>>

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>>

This Week’s Highlights: Friday, February 4

Water TaxiPlaNYC 2.0: Streetsblog reported that David Bragdon, NYC Sustainability chief, talked about a possible new Hudson River crossing as part of PlaNYC 2.0. Waterfront: New York City is planning to start year-round ferry service in the East River beginning in June. The ferries would make stops in Midtown Manhattan, Long Island City, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Lower Manhattan, and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Continue Reading>>

This Week’s Highlights: November 24

Biking in Bike Lanes in New York CityEach week we will bring you news on issues related to New York City’s livability. Feel free to comment or post a link to other interesting articles about our city. The Bloomberg administration is accepting proposals for a city-wide public bike-sharing plan. Similar programs exist in Paris, Denver, and Minneapolis. Continue Reading>>

Lessons Learned at the Conference on Preservation and Climate Change

new-york-city-preservation-climate-change-conferenceTwo themes emerged during the MAS Conference on Preservation and Climate Change in New York City on October 16: there is a substantial amount of common ground between the goals of preservation and sustainability, but it is largely unrecognized; and the preservation community needs to be much more actively engaged in shaping green building and sustainability policies. Continue Reading>>

Wednesday, November 5: NYC Housing Issues in Today’s Credit Crisis

The First Annual Jane Jacobs Forum: Housing New Yorkers in the 21st-Century Wednesday, November 5, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. In announcing his PlaNYC 2030, Mayor Bloomberg said the city must prepare for its population to grow by more than one million residents by the year 2030. Ensuring that New Yorkers have affordable and sustainable places to live is one of the most important goals for the city today. Urban visionary and activist Jane Jacobs wrote that a strong sense of community is critical in creating dynamic and diverse neighborhoods. But today, it is increasingly difficult for New Yorkers of low and moderate income to  live here. In the midst of these precarious economic times, how can planners, architects, city officials, and developers work with local residents to create affordable homes? How will today’s credit crisis further impact the cost and availability of housing in New York City? What can we do to retain the unique, densely populated, mixed-income neighborhoods that Jacobs favored? Continue Reading>>

The First Annual Jane Jacobs Forum: Housing New Yorkers in the 21st-Century – This Wednesday

In setting out PlaNYC2030, Mayor Bloomberg said the city must prepare for its population to grow by more than 1 million by 2030. Providing these new New Yorkers with affordable and sustainable housing is one of the most important questions facing the city today. This Wednesday, November 5th, at the first annual Jane Jacobs forum, an expert panel will consider exactly how and where this can be achieved. Jane Jacobs believed a sense of community was critical in creating and maintaining dynamic and diverse neighborhoods, but today, it is increasingly difficult for people of low and moderate income to live in New York City. How can planners, architects, city officials, and developers work with local residents to provide homes that are affordable and sustainable? What role do the dense, mixed-income neighborhoods that Jacobs favored play in creating a strong sense of community? This forum is underwritten through the generous support of The Rockefeller Foundation in conjunction with its annual Jane Jacobs Medal. With an introduction by Joan Shigekawa, associate director, The Rockefeller Foundation, Vicki Been, director, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, will moderate a panel including: Jerilyn Perine, director, Citizens Housing and Planning Council; Holly Leicht, deputy commissioner for development, New York City Department of Housing, Preservation and Development; Michelle de la Uz, executive director, Fifth Avenue Committee; and Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, founding partner, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects, LLP. Tickets are $15, $12 MAS members/students and can be purchased online or by calling 212-935-2030. Jane Jacobs Forum 2008: Housing New Yorkers in the 21st-Century, Wednesday, November 5, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Reception to follow, at Vanderbilt Hall, New York University Law School, 40 Washington Square South, New York City, NY 10012 MAP.

MAS Calls for Sustainable Development in Hunter’s Point

hunters point pepsi cola sign waterfrontIn its letter to the New York City Council Zoning and Franchises Subcommittee earlier this week, MAS described Hunter’s Point South Queens as an exciting opportunity to put the sustainable neighborhood planning principles laid out by the Mayor in his  PlaNYC2030 into practice. Representing a precious waterfront area and unique development opportunity for Queens and the city as a whole, MAS believes that any project plans for this area must adhere to transit oriented and sustainable development principles and must preserve significant parts of this waterfront area as park space for active uses that provides access to the water. Continue Reading>>


million trees nyc illustrationMillionTreesNYC was launched last year by the Parks Department and New York Restoration Project as a PlaNYC initiative.  This citywide, public-private program has an ambitious goal: to plant and care for one million new trees across the City’s five boroughs over the next decade. By planting one million trees, New York City can increase its urban forest by 20%, offering considerable environmental benefits to New Yorkers. The City of New York plans to plant 60% of these trees in parks and other public spaces. The remaining 40% will come from private organizations, homeowners, and community organizations. MAS is one of many non-profit groups that have agreed to help achieve this lofty goal. MAS became involved because of our concern that the average street tree has a ten-year life cycle, and we believe it is as important to keep the million trees alive, as it is to plant them. So we are encouraged by the news that the MillionTreesNYC is seriously addressing the maintenance issue and has already put in place tree stewards at all New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) projects, where a large number of the new trees have been planted. Continue Reading>>

MAS Returns to the Flatbush Frolic

Click on the photo below to watch the slideshow of the Flatbush Frolic 2008 – a neighborhood street festival organized annually by the Flatbush Development Corporation (FDC). MAS kicked-off its Imagine Flatbush 2030 (IF2030) initiative at last year’s frolic, and this year we distributed information about this year-long community visioning project to plan for a more sustainable Flatbush to festival-goers. [AFG_gallery id=’5′]

Impacts of Loss of Graving Dock, Green-Collar Jobs

red hook graving dockLong a subject of MAS advocacy because of its historic and irreplaceable character, the graving dock in Red Hook, Brooklyn, is now a parking lot for the new IKEA store. In MAS comments on impacts of the loss of a graving dock in Red Hook, Brooklyn to a parking lot for IKEA, in Bric Online MAS comments on the impact of this loss on City. In other news, MAS recently endorsed a study published by Transportation Alternatives on the City’s off-street parking policies. Click here and here for details. ! Continue Reading>>