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Archive for June, 2007

MAS Celebrates 114th Anniversary; Annual Report Released

MAS_Annual_Report_2006-07_coverWith award presentations, project updates and friendly libations, the Municipal Art Society observed its 114th birthday on Tuesday evening, June 26. More than 500 members and friends attended the annual meeting, held this year on the 52nd floor of 7 World Trade Center. The Greenmarkets program, Take the Field partnership, Strand Book Store and Carlton Brown, CEO of Full Spectrum Development, were recognized with awards for helping to define the character of New York City. The annual report is now available online.

Brooklyn’s Industrial Waterfront Buildings Listed Among Most Endangered Places

save industrial brooklynResponding to the destruction of some of Brooklyn’s most important historic industrial buildings and sites, and the threats others face, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has named the industrial heritage of the Brooklyn waterfront to its annual list of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. The announcement was made at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, and in DUMBO, Brooklyn, in mid-June. Since 1988, the National Trust has identified nearly 200 threatened historic sites and buildings in this way to promote action to save America’s most important treasures. Continue Reading>>

East River Day: An East River Agenda for Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn

sailship boat river new yorkOn East River Day, Thursday, June 21, a coalition of more than 50 organizations led by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance and the Municipal Art Society will launch the East River Agenda. Responding to the mayor’s bold plan to reclaim 90 percent of the city’s waterways by 2030, the agenda is a roadmap to creating a cleaner, more accessible and sustainable future for the East River and its shoreline. More details. Continue Reading>>

The Iron Triangle: Magnet for New Development

The MAS submitted comments on the Economic Development Corporation’s draft scope of work for Willets Point in Queens on May 14. The draft scope is the first step in the city’s environmental review process. The comments urged the city to be more specific about the costs and benefits of the EDC proposal, analyze the number of existing jobs and the impact of their loss on surrounding communities, consider the impact of the decentralization of automotive uses, and to consider alternative development scenarios that would result in the city’s first business incubator for sustainable automotive care and alternative fuel development. The EDC anticipates that the ULURP process will begin sometime in December 2007.

A Vision for the East Side Waterfront is Unveiled

east river waterfront park original - frontA group of six leading landscape architects united for a day of brainstorming and collaborative synergy in early June to develop a bold vision for Midtown’s inaccessible East River waterfront, and three days later they presented the resulting concepts and images to a crowd of more than 200 interested New Yorkers. The intensive day-long design workshop, known as a charrette, was organized by the MAS, City Council member Dan Garodnick and Manhattan’s Community Board 6. Continue Reading>>