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Archive for May, 2004

Beefing Up the Market: The Drive to Save A Unique Historic Place

For over a year, MAS has been working with the Greenwich Village community on achieving designated historic district status for the Gansevoort Market area of the far West Village. The area (roughly bounded by 15th Street on the north, Horatio Street on the south, Ninth Avenue on the east and the Hudson River on the west) has for over a century been the home of meat wholesale and other food service related businesses and is currently zoned for manufacturing and commercial uses only. The recent migration to the neighborhood of art galleries, designer boutiques, and trendy clubs – all of which are compatible with market activities and are legal uses in a manufacturing zone – has inspired a great deal of speculation that residential uses will soon follow. Indeed, some property owners have hinted their desire to develop out-of-scale high-rise apartment buildings on Gansevoort’s gritty streetscapes. A proposal for a 32-story luxury condominium was heard this month by the City’s Board of Standards and Appeals, which is empowered to override zoning if it deems it appropriate. Development of this type will significantly and irrevocably alter the Gansevoort Market. Continue Reading>>

Fresh Kills: From Landfill to Landscape Briefing Session

fresh kills aerialJoin MAS on Wednesday, May 26, 6:00 p.m. as the City of New York, led by the Department of City Planning, is undertaking a master plan for the Fresh Kills site. Following a design competition co-sponsored with the Municipal Art Society, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the selection of a consultant team led by Field Operations, a landscape architecture firm, to draft the plan for the 2,200 acre site. The goal is to guide Fresh Kills’ transformation into a magnificent new park that will be a great asset for the citizens of Staten Island, the City of New York, and the metropolitan region. To ensure that the master plan reflects the needs and desires of New Yorkers, we need your input! Please join the Department of City Planning, MAS and the American Society of Landscape Architects for a briefing on the progress of this plan on Wednesday, May 26, at 6:00 p.m. at the Urban Center. RSVP: Maia Mordana, 212.935.3960

Imagine New York Wins Two Honors

imagine new york logoOn March 28, 2004, Micaéla Birmingham and Peter Putka won the most prestigious local television award — a New York Emmy — for their work on the public service announcement for Imagine New York, a project of the Municipal Art Society in response to 9/11. Congratulations to them and to everyone who worked on the PSA! Adding to its plaudits, Imagine New York was also recently named by the American Planning Association as one of the 25 top planning stories of the last 25 years, a list that includes such events as the fall of the Iron Curtain. See a version of the PSA below: