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NYT Calls for a Moynihan Station Summit Meeting

On Saturday, the New York Times editorial page said reviving Moynihan Station is the toughest job on Governor Paterson’s agenda, but he has a clear opportunity to take charge:
The Dolan family, owners of Madison Square Garden, announced on Thursday that they were pulling out of negotiations and were planning to renovate the arena. The timing of the announcement suggests that the Dolans are frustrated with the delays. They may well be taking advantage of what they see as confusion or weakness in the governor’s office to bolster their negotiating position. Certainly there is confusion. After the departure of Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his chief administrator on this project, nobody is really in charge of final negotiations on design and funding. One intriguing option, pushed most recently by Senator Charles Schumer, would be to let the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey take over the project. The Port Authority could fill the leadership vacuum and bring in some of its own finances. Governor Paterson could show that he is in charge by calling a summit meeting of the big players — Gov. Jon Corzine of New Jersey, Mayor Bloomberg, the Dolans, developers and executives of the Port Authority. This high-level group should hammer out a strategy to move forward on this important civic project before it really is too late.
Read “Incoming at the Governor’s Office,” from The New York Times

Meet the Advocates

Monday, May 5, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., at the Municipal Art Society Twice a year, MAS advocacy staff brief MAS members and their guests on current advocacy priorities and actions and invite members’ feedback. Come with your questions and comments. The program is free, but seating is limited and reservations are encouraged. Reserve your place online or 212-935-2075.

City of Water Film Screening

city of water film documentary new york city waterfront shorelineWednesday, April 23, 5.00 p.m., At Eugene Lang College, 65 West 11th St. MAP Co-sponsored by Renew School, Student Group at the New School The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance and the Municipal Art Society are proud to present their new documentary City of Water about the future of New York City’s waterfront. Two years in the making, City of Water explores the aspirations of Continue Reading>>

St. Vincent’s Demolition Application Could Set Dangerous Precedent

st vincents building exterior overbiteIn February 2008, MAS wrote to Chairman Tierney of the Landmarks Preservation Commission to express our concern about the application to demolish historic buildings in the Greenwich Village Historic District for the redevelopment of St. Vincent’s Hospital. The overall redevelopment project was presented to the MAS preservation committee; in its analysis, the committee focused on the critical initial question – the validity of the proposed demolition. Click here to read the letter in full. As far as we know, the Landmarks Preservation Commission, in its 43 years of watching over our city’s heritage, has only very rarely permitted the demolition of a building that contributes to the historic district under a Certificate of Appropriateness and we see no reason for the Commission to do so now. We believe that, if the Commission were to approve such demolition, it would undoubtedly establish a dangerous precedent. Such an action would make it significantly more difficult for the Commission to deny future proposals to demolish designated buildings. Continue Reading>>

Saarinen Terminal to Reopen, But Future of “Trumpet” in Doubt

twa saarinenThe Port Authority recently announced it plans to reopen the historic TWA, or Saarinen, Terminal at Kennedy Airport this fall allowing passengers to pass through the landmark structure on their way to the new JetBlue Airlines terminal that wraps around it. MAS is delighted that the original building will continue to be used, but remains concerned that the trumpet-shaped departure lounge that was cut apart from the rest of the structure last year will not be rehabilitated. Read more.