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Solar Empowerment Zones and Interest-Free Loans for Small Businesses

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MAS in the Press: Roland Lewis, President of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, is answering questions this week about the waterfront on the New York Times‘ City Blog; one in reference to the proposed East Side Waterfront Park. New Penn Station links to coverage of Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) a proposal that will create a new tunnel under the Hudson River that will connect to Penn Station.

MAS Issues in the Press: – An alternative energy forum at the City Council today will discuss the possibility of solar empowerment zones, wherein groups of buildings would join together to reduce costs of upgrading to solar energy (New York Sun).

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ARC: Critical to Build, A Struggle to Fund

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Eliot Brown wrote an interesting story about the importance to build, and the struggle to fund, ARC (Access to the Region’s Core). The proposed tunnel would be the first built under the Hudson River since Penn Station was built.

The tunnel would have clear transportation improvements:

Brown wrote that ARC is “the largest individual transportation project in the New York area by dollars, and would double the railroad’s capacity, allowing for 80,000 more riders daily, with a new river crossing and a fresh set of platforms by Pennsylvania Station.”

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Reforms to get More Bidders on City Projects and Microorganisms in Gowanus Canal

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Credit: Jasper Goldman

MAS Issues in the Press: – Roland Lewis, President of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, is answering questions this week about the waterfront on the New York Times‘ City Blog. Coney Island USA has teamed up with the Shmaltz Brewing Company to advertise their Sideshow image to a wider audience (Brooklyn Daily Paper).

– Special Board meetings of the Port Authority will be held monthly to discuss the agency’s progress at Ground Zero (New York Times). Mayor Bloomberg supports putting a Costco on the Upper West Side of Manhattan citing the economic downturn, and the need for jobs and low prices for consumers (New York Sun).

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Coney Island: A Ride Through History

Wednesday, September 10, 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Charles Denson, author of Coney Island: Lost and Found, will offer an insider’s vivid history of the Coney Island that was his neighborhood. He described the predominant theme of his book as “urban planning gone awry,” a Coney Island that “never had a blueprint or anything resembling a master plan.” That is about to change. Charles Denson will provide a valuable look back, to be followed on September 17 by a MAS panel discussion on the City’s Comprehensive Development and Rezoning Plan for Coney Island. $15 non-members, $12 members/students. Purchase tickets online or call 212-935-2075.

Mobile Art Pavilion to Come to Central Park and Keeping Climbers off NYTimes Building

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MAS Issues in the Press: – Preservationists and anti-Atlantic Yards groups are hoping the proposed Prospect Heights Historic District will act as a tool to preserve other areas against development pressures from the Atlantic Yards development (Brooklyn Paper). Plans to build a condominium at the site of the Kean House on Lexington Avenue is the impetus for petitioning the expansion of the Upper East Side Historic District (New York Sun).

– The mobile art pavilion , designed by London architect Zaha Hadid, will reside at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park this fall (New York Times). The Tribeca section of the Hudson River Park is complete and will open to the public on Wednesday (New York Times).

– At Coney Island USA President Dick Zigun’s “State of Coney” address last Sunday, he considered advocating a single-ownership/gated theme park model for Coney Island (Brooklyn Paper).

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