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Archive for February, 2006

Bill Would Have “Damaging Effect on Historic Preservation”

In testimony before the City Council Subcommittee on Landmarks, the MAS announced its opposition to “ill-conceived” pending legislation, Intro No. 705, which would profoundly alter the city’s landmark designation process and undermine the Landmarks Law, now celebrating its 40th anniversary. “We certainly do believe the [Landmarks Preservation] Commission’s designation process should be more transparent, but we don’t believe that amending the Landmarks Law will achieve this result.”

Two Columbus Circle: An Appeal to the Mayor

Seven major preservation organizations sent a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg asking him to support a Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing on 2 Columbus Circle. The groups range from city-wide to national and international organizations. The organizations are the New York/Tri-State Chapter of DOCOMOMO, Historic Districts Council, The Municipal Art Society of New York, National Trust for Historic Preservation, New York Landmarks Conservancy, Preservation League of New York State and World Monuments Fund. Continue Reading>>

Planning the New Frontier

Since the city began crafting proposals for redevelopment on the Far West Side, the Municipal Art Society has been fostering dialogue on the future of this often over-looked area of Manhattan. A year ago this month, MAS presented Planning for the New Frontier: The Economics of the Far West Side — a standing-room-only open forum on the economic implications of the city’s development plan, held at the Signature Theatre. Continue Reading>>

Public Access to the Hudson Waterfront

waterfrontThe Municipal Art Society is examining the effects of high-density office towers on the riverfront and their impact on how cities experience the water. The commercial development proposed by the city may have imposing effects on park users, and a disconnecting effect for people east of 10th Avenue. Continue Reading>>

New Light Rail Along 42nd Street

trolley grand centralThe Municipal Art Society is working to implement a proposal for a river-to-river light-rail system to run along 42nd Street. A team of some of the world’s top transit planners and financiers has proposed building this new system that will link some of New York’s most prominent landmarks like the United Nations, the Chrysler Building, Times Square, the New York Public Library and various Hudson River attractions. This supplement will be vital as the transportation alternatives being proposed for the Far West Side are not enough to accommodate the increased number of visitors that redevelopment plans will bring into the area. Continue Reading>>