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MAS to Mayor: Let Us See the New Street Furniture

Citing the importance of street life and design in New York City, the Municipal Art Society has called on Mayor Bloomberg to give the public an opportunity to see what the city’s new street furniture will look like. The 3,650 newsstands, bus shelters and public toilets, to be constructed and maintained under a $1 billion contract being negotiated with the Spanish firm Cemusa, will sit on the city’s streets for the next 20 years or longer. In a letter dated September 28, the MAS congratulated the mayor and his administration for naming a franchisee for the coordinated street furniture contract — a long-standing MAS concern — and offered to help in the final negotiations by providing a venue at the Urban Center for exhibiting the proposed designs. Continue Reading>>

MAS Preservation Fellow Volunteers for New Orleans Mission

lisa kersavageLisa Kersavage, the Municipal Art Society’s Kress/RFR fellow for historic preservation, has departed on a volunteer mission to New Orleans to assist the local Historic District Landmarks Commission in surveying hurricane and flooding damage to the city’s individual landmarks and historic districts. During her 12-day stay, Lisa will help staff the overburdened commission and coordinate with FEMA and the State Historic Preservation Office on Section 106 reviews of National Register-eligible buildings. FEMA and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are already working hard on preservation issues in New Orleans. Continue Reading>>