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Archive for July, 2006

Shoot It Down! The Entries

Check out the entries to our shockingly successful Shoot It Down! photo contest in which we asked you to send us shots of illegal advertising across the city. Continue Reading>>

State Review of Atlantic Yards Plan Begins, and MAS Weighs In

atlantic yards aerial view planWith more than nine million gross square feet of development, 17 new buildings, one of which would rise up to 620 feet, an 18,000-seat sports arena, and seven acres of new open space, the Forest City Ratner plan for the Atlantic Yards and surrounding areas would change northern Brooklyn forever. It is among the largest development proposals in the history of New York City, and the MAS has begun its review of the plan. Continue Reading>>

Vanishing East River Industrial Heritage

new york industrial building death noticeDEATH NOTICE
The recent catastrophic fire at the Greenpoint Terminal Market emphasizes the fact that our industrial heritage is disappearing at an alarming rate. In November 2005, the Municipal Art Society mounted an exhibit titled Preservation on the Edge: Our Threatened East River Heritage, which highlighted six of the waterfront’s most historic industrial buildings and presented ways in which they could be protected and reused. In the six months following that exhibit, half of the buildings were destroyed. Continue Reading>>

City Increases Funding for Landmarks Commission

prospect heights street housesResponding to the Municipal Art Society’s advocacy campaign, the City Council has increased the budget of the Landmarks Preservation Commission by $250,000 in Fiscal Year 2007. This increase will bolster historic preservation throughout New York City, allowing the commission to add much-needed staff and thus to increase both the rate of designation of landmarks and historic districts and the efficiency with which permits are processed. The MAS applauds the council, especially Council Members Jessica Lappin, Tony Avella and Diana Reyna, and the mayor for providing this additional funding. Continue Reading>>

Javits Expansion Plan: Wrong for the West Side

javits center front smallAs Hudson River Park nears completion, new development is rapidly moving into the Far West Side, and New Yorkers are already being drawn to the light, air and magnificent views of one of the city’s greatest assets — the Hudson River waterfront. But the current, ill-conceived plan to expand the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center northward would do the neighborhood and the city irreparable harm. Continue Reading>>