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Archive for March, 2006

You Can Help Us Stop Illegal Advertising – Call 311 Today

Advertising on sidewalk sheds is out of control in every borough of New York City. It’s obnoxious, it’s annoying, and it’s illegal. Fact: all advertising on sidewalk sheds is illegal, unless the sign is for an establishment located in that building. The city’s Department of Buildings needs your help in identifying illegal signs on sidewalk sheds. If you notice a sidewalk shed that is covered in illegal advertisements, call 311 and lodge a complaint. You must mention the exact address of the building. Then e-mail us the address of the building and the complaint number that 311 gives you, and we will follow up with the Buildings Department to make sure that they serve the building owner with a notice of violation. Continue Reading>>

MAS Board Members Tour Greenpoint – Williamsburg

greenpoint terminal marketFollowing the recent rezoning of 180 blocks in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Williamsburg, a group of MAS board members visited the area to assess the potential impact of the proposed changes. Under the rezoning, these neighborhoods will see up to 10,000 new housing units, 1.6 miles of publicly accessible waterfront, new parkland and renewed investment in public open spaces like McCarren Park. Continue Reading>>

Livable Neighborhoods for a Livable City

livable neighborhoodThe Community-Based Planning Task Force has issued a call for the creation of a new, more democratic framework for planning our city. The report, prepared by the Municipal Art Society Planning Center, Livable Neighborhoods for a Livable City, details specific, realistic steps New York City should take to improve the capacity of communities to make and implement plans that address their diverse needs. Continue Reading>>

Greenpoint – Williamsburg: After the Rezoning

greenpoint williamsburg garageThe rezoning of Greenpoint-Williamsburg is complete and the transformation of north Brooklyn’s waterfront can begin. The scale of the rezoning plan is immense – covering 180 blocks and altering the Brooklyn waterfront along a distance equivalent to Canal to 34th Streets. The plan will transform an industrial area with new high-rise housing and a 1.6 mile waterfront esplanade. What is eventually built could set a precedent for waterfront development throughout New York City. Continue Reading>>

Planning New York’s Far West Side: Civic Groups Share Their Visions

hudson yards from aboveOver the course of the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) for the Hudson Yards proposal, several of the city’s leading civic groups, including the Municipal Art Society, have recognized many of the same opportunities for improving redevelopment plan. The 33rd/32nd Street corridor west of Penn Station should be the focus of commercial density, both the American Planning Association (APA) and the MAS say. The Hell’s Kitchen community also expresses this view. Continue Reading>>

Moynihan Station: Principles for a Landmark

moynihan station angleWhen considering the westward expansion of Midtown and the development of the Far West Side, the MAS has always believed that the most important anchor for the neighborhood will be Moynihan Station. Penn Station is fast approaching its physical capacity. It accommodates 550,000 passengers daily, mostly commuters. These people make up 29 percent of the city’s work force. With new development coming west of Ninth Avenue, more than 100,000 additional workers are anticipated in the neighborhood by 2035. Continue Reading>>

The City Weighs In

hudson yards city plan aerialThe City’s plan to redevelop the area roughly between 42nd Street, 28th Street, 8th Avenue and the Hudson River seeks to accommodate upward of 40 million square feet of new development. The plan also includes an expansion of the Javits Convention Center and construction of a stadium/ convention facility, each costing $1.4 billion. This area, part of the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, is currently zoned mostly for manufacturing. The City seeks to rezone for a high-density mix of residential and commercial uses. Continue Reading>>

Central Park Stables Threatened

A proposed addition that would irreparably harm the character of the beloved and historic Central Park stables, located on the south side of the 86th Street Transverse, was heard by the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday, March 14. The proposal, to enclose the central courtyard of a stable, is backed by the New York City Police Department. The MAS strongly believes that the alteration is damaging to the character of this historic complex of buildings and urges the commission to deny the application. Continue Reading>>

Planning Center Director Wins Prestigious Award

Micaéla Birmingham, the director of the MAS Planning Center, received the American Planning Association NY Metro Chapter’s William H. Whyte Award June 15, 2005. Awarded annually, it recognizes creativity in planning projects. Continue Reading>>

Fresh Kills: From Landfill to Landscape

freshkills parkThe 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 visit the Fresh Kills website, learn more about the planning, and leave your comments.

Environmental Review Begins for Con Ed Site

con edison site east riverWhen considered together, proposed East River developments at the former Con Ed Waterside Power Station site, the planned new construction by the United Nations, and the reconstruction of the FDR Drive present the city with an unprecedented opportunity to reinvent the Far East Side. The city could feasibly get a great new public waterfront park, access to the water, reasonably scaled new housing, and a revitalized First Avenue. Continue Reading>>