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Landmark Preservation Commission “Backlog” Hearing on Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn Properties

Written Testimony of the Municipal Art Society of New York Thursday, October 8, 2015 In the nine months since the proposal to decalendar more than a hundred potential landmarks across the five boroughs was withdrawn, the Municipal Art Society and the MAS Preservation Committee have analyzed the full stock of calendared properties–some of which have […]

Guest Blog: E. L. Doctorow in the Bronx

To kick off our new guest blog series, MAS guide Jean Arrington describes her interest in E. L. Doctorow’s work and the inspiration for her upcoming tour in the Bronx. We invite you to share your own tour adventures with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TripAdvisor! In 2012, in connection with an exhibit about […]

Adopt-A-Monument Works in the Bronx

The challenge following conservation of outdoor sculpture is to provide consistent care to prevent deterioration. Through endowed maintenance funds raised over the years, Phyllis Cohen oversees the stewardship of these historic works of art that are part of the MAS Adopt-A-Monument program. Some pieces require relatively straightforward treatments, like washing and waxing a bronze statue, […]

Livable Neighborhoods Training Travels to the Bronx

In response to our 2010 Livability Survey, which found that Bronx residents were the least satisfied with their neighborhoods than other city dwellers, we went north with our highly regarded Livable Neighborhoods training program to more than 200 members of the twelve Bronx community boards.

The Grand Concourse, the “Champs Elysées” of the Bronx, at Landmarks

On Tuesday, June 22, 2010, MAS will testify before the Landmarks Preservation Commission in support of the designation of a proposed Grand Concourse Historic District in the Bronx. The proposed district is comprised of 73 buildings running roughly along the Concourse between 153rd and 167th Streets. In response to the LPC’s hearing, MAS President Vin […]

The Bronx, A Place That Matters

Greetings from the Bronx — the birthplace of hip hop, the breathtaking site of the New York Botanical Garden and home base for the 2009 World Series Champions, the Yankees. Now the Bronx has even more to celebrate, as six of the borough’s notable locations will be recognized on December 3rd by Place Matters. The […]

Two Carnegie Libraries in the Bronx Designated

The Landmarks Preservation Commission today designated two new landmarks in the Bronx and added two other items to the “calendar” – which is the first step in the designation process. The city’s newest landmarks, the Hunts Point and Woodstock branches of the New York Public Library, are both Carnegie libraries, located in the Bronx. The […]

South Bronx Hero Shows the City ‘the Way’

As of yesterday afternoon, Third Avenue between 156th and 157th Streets in the Bronx is now known as “Yolanda Garcia Way.”

From Burning to Blooming: Rave Reviews for South Bronx Tour

Alexie Torres-Fleming, winner of the Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism, led a South Bronx walking tour last Saturday (October 18) — titled From Burning to Blooming: Community-Driven Projects in the South Bronx — that none of the 30 participants will soon forget. Over the last 15 years, the organization she founded, Youth […]

JCR Percussion – Bronx Home of Rhythm: A Place That Matters

JCR Percussion, a Latin music percussion store in the Highbridge section of the Bronx, was one of ten New York City places honored by Place Matters at its tenth anniversary and awards ceremony in May of this year. Located at 948 Ogden Avenue, the store was celebrated for keeping tradition alive. Owned by Calixto Rivera, […]