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Annual Awards Winners Lauded at the 117th Annual Meeting

Last Wednesday, June 23, MAS held its 2010 Annual Meeting, where it announced the winners of its 39th Annual Awards. The ceremony, held at the Tobacco Warehouse in DUMBO, celebrated the individuals, organizations, places, and events that contribute to the incredible nature of New York City. See photos below.

Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation received the Special Recognition Award, for its entrepreneurship, imagination and creativity in creating a livable and fun space for New Yorkers.

Other honorees included: Brooklyn Bridge Park and the team behind the recent openings of new 13 acres of land at Piers 1 and 6; Dance Theatre Etcetera’s Angels and Accordions which brought together artists and community members in a live music and dance performance utilizing Green-Wood Cemetery; the Museum of Chinese in America for exhibiting the past, present, and future of New York’s Chinese immigrants; and Learning Leaders, which offers free math and reading tutoring and enrichment programs to public school children. Gregory Jackson was given the W. Allison and Elizabeth Stubbs David Awards, for his work as the director of the Brownsville Recreation Center in Brooklyn.

Early attendees were treated to tours of the recently unveiled portions of the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Nominations were submitted by Municipal Art Society members and reviewed by an awards committee chaired by Kitty Hawks. Committee members included Enid Beal, Eugenie Birch, and Alison Tocci. Past honorees included the Brooklyn Flea, Strand Bookstore, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

Help Save NYS Tax Credits for Historic Rehabilitation

MAS needs your help in stopping the State Legislature from suspending, and effectively eliminating, tax credit programs that encourage the rehabilitation of historic properties in lower income neighborhoods throughout New York State. The Rehabilitation Tax Credit programs encourage the restoration of properties both listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places and located in distressed census tracts. Read below for how you can help. See the maps below.

MAS estimates that approximately 16,200 properties in New York City qualify for these credits. MAS maps outlining where these credits are applicable are included in the slideshow above.  The maps indicate in grey the lower income census tracts and in red those properties that are listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places, and show that large parts of New York City are currently eligible for the historic rehabilitation tax credits.  For a closer look, download pdfs of the city-wide map and the individual borough maps.

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The Grand Concourse, the “Champs Elysées” of the Bronx, at Landmarks

On Tuesday, June 22, 2010, MAS will testify before the Landmarks Preservation Commission in support of the designation of a proposed Grand Concourse Historic District in the Bronx. The proposed district is comprised of 73 buildings running roughly along the Concourse between 153rd and 167th Streets.

In response to the LPC’s hearing, MAS President Vin Cipolla said: “The Grand Concourse is one of the Bronx’s most majestic thoroughfares and one of its great treasures.  The designation of a Grand Concourse Historic District  by the Landmarks Commission is the perfect way to celebrate the 100th year of the boulevard and protect this street and the buildings along it.”

Popularly considered the “Champs- Elysées” of the Bronx, the Grand Concourse was nominated to the Census for Places that Matter for its cultural and architectural history.  Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, the Grand Concourse was the stylish address for residents escaping crowded areas of Lower Manhattan, in favor of the spacious, light-filled apartments equipped with modern amenities. However, like many other parts of the Bronx, the area surrounding the Concourse fell into decline during the 1960s and ’70s.

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All-Star Design Lineup Discusses the Garment Center as New York’s Next Creative Community

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Photo: Fred Dust and Simon Collins

Join some of the most brilliant names in urban and fashion design for the follow-up to last week’s sold-out panel on the future of New York’s Garment District. This panel will discuss the cultural, economic and social contributions of creative communities. IDEO Partner Fred Dust, Parsons Dean and branding expert Simon Collins, and fashion entrepreneur Andrew Oshrin will offer their unique perspectives, as NYU sociology professor Harvey Molotch and Columbia University’s Sarah Williams discuss the characteristics of and factors that nurture the growth of these communities. Deborah Marton, executive director of the Design Trust for Public Space, will lead the discussion, drawing from the Trust’s recent Made in Midtown study of the Garment District.

Urban Creative Districts
Tuesday, June 15, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Reception to follow.
At the School of Visual Arts Theater, 333 West 23rd St. (between 8th & 9th avenues)

Moderator — Deborah Marton, executive director, Design Trust for Public Space Panel — Simon Collins, dean, School of Fashion, Parsons the New School for Design; Fred Dust, partner, IDEO; Andrew Oshrin, president & CEO, Milly LLC; Sarah Williams, director, Columbia University Spatial Information Design Lab; Harvey Molotch, professor of Sociology and Metropolitan Studies, New York University.

Spotlight on the Garment District Shines On

Last night’s panel, Made in Midtown: The Garment District Today and Tomorrow, was a huge success. More than 250 people came out to hear Tim Gunn, of television’s Project Runway, moderate a discussion on the future of New York’s Garment District. See photos below. Join MAS next Tuesday, June 15, as we pick up where last night’s panel left off. We’ll be discussing Urban Creative Districts.

The story of New York City cannot be told without understanding the role dynamic creative communities play in defining the identity of particular neighborhoods. Drawing on the Design Trust study, Made in Midtown, this discussion will invite leading creative thinkers and practitioners to imagine the future of the Garment District as an urban creative ecosystem. Panelists will discuss the cultural, economic, and social contributions of creative communities, and explore how improved visibility of the activities within these neighborhoods can strengthen those creative industries and New York City.

Deborah Marton, executive director, Design Trust for Public Space, will moderate a panel including: Simon Collins, dean, School of Fashion, Parsons the New School for Design; Fred Dust, partner, IDEO; Harvey Molotch, professor of Sociology and Metropolitan Studies, New York University; Andrew Oshrin president and CEO, Milly LLC; and Sarah Williams, director, Columbia University Spatial Information Design Lab.