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Staten Island’s Seaview-Farm Colony Historic District Starts to Get the Attention it Deserves

Staten Island’s deteriorating Farm Colony-Seaview Hospital Historic District received much-needed attention from City officials this year. On November 14, historic preservation expert Page Cowley presented the results of her intensive study of Farm Colony. Commissioned by the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and funded by Councilmember James Oddo, the study includes building assessments, stabilization plans, and conceptual reuse guidelines aimed at preserving eleven of Farm Colony’s most significant buildings and its grounds. Councilmember Oddo pledged to make reuse of the historic buildings a top priority of his term. Continue Reading>>

Extra! Extra! Help Make Unsightly Newsracks a Thing of the Past

newsracks clutterFor more than a decade, the Municipal Art Society and our Streetscapes Committee have advocated for the regulation of newsracks which often clutter the sidewalks of New York. Now we have good news to report: On April 25, the city’s Department of Transportation will start to enforce new regulations that Mayor Bloomberg signed into law. Civic-minded residents can play an important role by reporting newsrack violations in their neighborhoods — in fact, without you the program won’t work. Download our brochure about the Newsrack brochure to help make newsrack chaos old news in your neighborhood. Please note that the new 311 information hotline should be used instead of the number listed in the newsrack brochure.

The Wall

The artwork known as “The Wall” is located on the north facade of a 12-story loft structure at 599 Broadway in SoHo. The building sits at the southwest corner of the intersection of Broadway and West Houston Street, and is located within the boundaries of the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District. The artwork, created by artist Forrest “Frosty” Myers, consists of seven evenly spaced rows of aluminum L-shaped fixtures projecting perpendicularly from a painted blue background. The Wall was installed in the fall of 1973 as part of the non-profit group City Walls’ project to place works of art in public spaces and other outdoor locations throughout New York City. Continue Reading>>