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Museum of the City of New York Extends Special Member Discount to MAS Family for Lindsay Programs

Over the years, the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) and MAS have partnered to bring New Yorkers fascinating programs on our great city and its notable characters. MCNY has generously offered to extend their members’ discount on all public programs to the MAS family, through September. MCNY is continuing their speaking series on Mayor Lindsay with tomorrow night’s program, Who Broke New York? John V. Lindsay & the Fiscal Crisis, moderated by Sam Roberts of the New York Times. More information on this panel, and other upcoming MCNY programs, follows below. “MCNY is an esteemed institution that celebrates the heritage and future of New York City, an objective MAS strongly supports. In May, MAS was a proud co-sponsor of the Museum’s symposium on The Lindsay Years. These Lindsay programs are a wonderful opportunity for all of us to learn more about a mayor who truly redefined our city,” said MAS President Vin Cipolla. Later in the series, on September 30, former MAS President Kent Barwick will moderate a discussion at the MCNY on preservation during the Lindsay years. This conversation will explore many of MAS’s past preservation struggles, including Grand Central Terminal, the South Street Seaport, and the Theater District. MCNY is pleased to extend the Museum members’ price of $6 for MAS members; please mention MAS when registering. To register, call (917) 492-3395, or email programs@MCNY.org. The Museum will also waive the walk-in fee of $2.00 for MAS members upon presentation of this notice, however the Museum recommends reserving in advance to guarantee seating. For more information on all upcoming MCNY public programs, click here www.mcny.org Wednesday, September 15, 6:30 PM Who Broke New York? John V. Lindsay & the Fiscal Crisis Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street. MAP Less than two years after Mayor John V. Lindsay left office, the City was on the edge of bankruptcy. How much did Lindsay’s fiscal policies contribute to the crisis? This panel reflects on the 1970s fiscal crisis, New York’s recovery, and the lessons for today’s lawmakers. Sam Roberts of The New York Times moderates a panel with Stephen Berger, former Executive Director of the New York State Emergency Control Board for the City of New York; Joshua B. Freeman, Professor, Queens College and author of Working Class New York (The New Press, 2000); Charles R. Morris, author of The Cost of Good Intentions: New York City and the Liberal Experiment (W.W. Norton & Company, 1980); and Steven Weisman, Editorial Director and Public Policy Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics. Co-sponsored by the Citizens Budget Commission. Presented in conjunction with America’s Mayor: John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York. Reservations required, please visit www.mcny.org. Thursday, September 30, 6:30 PM Lindsay’s Preservation Legacy: Grand Central Terminal, Air Rights, and the Strengthening of the Landmarks Law Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street. MAP The Lindsay administration activated and extended the Wagner-era landmarks law, using a variety of strategies to protect historic buildings and districts, including Grand Central Terminal, the South Street Seaport, and the Theater District. How important was the tool of air rights transfers in this program, and how did air rights factor into the pivotal Penn Central Co. vs. New York City Supreme Court decision? How well have air rights held up as a preservation tool? These and other questions will be considered by former City Planning Commission Chairman Donald Elliott; Chief Assistant Corporation Counsel Leonard Koerner; Frank Sciame of F.J. Sciame Construction; and former Office of Lower Manhattan Development Director Richard Weinstein. The conversation will be moderated by former Landmarks Commission Chair and former President of the Municipal Art Society, Kent Barwick, with closing remarks by Robert Tierney, Chair, Landmarks Preservation Commission. Co-sponsored by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Historic Districts Council, the New York Landmarks Conservancy, and the South Street Seaport Museum. Presented in conjunction with America’s Mayor: John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York. Reception to follow. Reservations required, please visit www.mcny.org.