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Urban Center Books Announces Its HUGE End-of-Summer Sale!

Markdowns of up to 80% off! Prices as low as $5, $10 and $20. Just a few of the OVER 600 BOOKS on sale! Beneath the Metropolis: The Secret Lives of Cities, Alex Marshall, 240 pages, $29.95, $10 Birkhäuser Architectural Guide France (Out of print), 352 pages, $35, $10 Mappetite New York, All-in-One Guide and Map to the Best Restaurants, Food and Landmarks, $12, $5 Continue Reading>>

Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York Exhibit to Open

On September 25, the Municipal Art Society’s exciting new exhibition Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York opens in Urban Center Galleries. Sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, this innovative show reevaluates the legacy and values of renowned New York activist Jane Jacobs through the lens of the city of today and tomorrow using images, text and multimedia. It is the centerpiece of a major MAS campaign aiming to energize a new generation of New Yorkers to observe and recognize the best of their city and become citizen activists advocating for positive change. Continue Reading>>

New York Woman Wins Seven-Day Access for Disabled at Farley Post Office

The New York Post runs a follow-up article [Post Office ‘Stair Down’] describing the United States Postal Service’s decision to keep open throughout the week a Farley Post Office annex with wheelchair access after learning of the complaints of a New York patron. The Post article notes:
Weeks after a gutsy granny complained that the iconic Eighth Avenue post office was all but off limits to the disabled on weekends, the U.S. Postal Service has seen the light — and will keep an annex with the building’s only wheelchair ramp open seven days a week.
The original article [Granny Goes Postal Over Accessibility] ran in the Post two weeks ago.

Is New York Losing Its Soul? – SOLD OUT!!

jane jacobs future new yorkWednesday, October 3, 6:30 p.m., at Donnell Library Center, 20 W. 53rd St. Today’s New York City is safer and more economically robust than anyone could have imagined in the gritty 1970s, or even the early 1990s. But there is more to city life than economic success. As blocks and neighborhoods begin to respond to success, some have lost elements of the character that made them distinctive. Continue Reading>>

Kent Barwick Gothamist Interview

Kent Barwick Municipal Art Society President Kent Barwick is featured in a short interview [Kent Barwick, Municipal Art Society] by Gideon Fink Shapiro in today’s Gothamist. Highlights include:
How important is the outcome of this project to the future of New York, compared to other large projects on your radar? This is probably the most important transportation project on the agenda of New York, and has the most promise for the future. We think the redevelopment of Penn Station as Senator Moynihan envisioned will be the greatest catalyst to the Far West Side. It is as important to the development of the West Side as Grand Central Terminal was to Midtown. How should the public get involved in order to have a voice in the planning process? Our poll showed there was not as much knowledge as one would have thought. The public cannot really be involved until the government shows us what the plan is. We insist the plan be made public and reviewed by the public before the major decisions are made. Could the Penn Station project mimic the rushed planning of the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, which also was led by the ESDC and a large developer? I think the Atlantic Yards project is a good example of how not to involve the public. There was no city review. This was all under Pataki. We’re optimistic that Governor Spitzer’s administration will approach this project in a different manner.
Read the latest information on Moynihan Station here.