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Guided Tours: AM Walk or Bike to Summit, PM Visit Farley Building and Ugly Streets


Walk to the Summit | 7:30 AM sharp.

Join architectural historian Matt Postal for an examination of the varied streetscape that lies south of Pennsylvania Station and Madison Square Garden.  Explore the neighborhood’s evolution from residential to commercial use, with brief stops to discuss sites associated with fashion and the fur trade, 20th Century urban renewal, and mass transit.  Meet at southwest corner of 8th Avenue & 24th Street.   Space limited.  Tour reservation required.

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Meet the Panelists: Civic Activism in the Spirit of Jane Jacobs

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Since 2007, the Rockefeller Foundation has awarded the annual Jane Jacobs Medal to outstanding New Yorkers whose activism emulates the principles of urban design and planning advocated by Jane Jacobs. 

On October 21, past and present Jane Jacobs Medalists will participate in the MAS Summit for New York City to share the tools and strategies they have used to effect change.

The panel, “Civic Activism in the Spirit of Jane Jacobs,” will be moderated by Eugenie Birch, co-director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania
Read more about the panelists below.

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MAS To Unveil First Livability Survey at Summit for NYC

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New York is considered one of the most desirable places to live in the world, but how do city residents – those of us who brave the subways, crowded sidewalks and noisy streets each day – feel about life in the Big Apple?

Find out what real New Yorkers think about their city when MAS releases the first survey on livability at the Summit for New York City on October 21 and 22.

MAS engaged the Marist Institute for Public Opinion to gauge New Yorkers’ satisfaction with their city as well as their neighborhood. The survey of 1,000 respondents will include a representative sample from each of the five boroughs.

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Happy Birthday to You, Penn Station

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In September 1910, the inaugural Long Island Rail Road train departed from Pennsylvania Station, powering through freshly-built East River tunnels and on into Queens. This fall marks the 100th anniversary of the construction of McKim, Mead, and White’s original Beaux-Arts style structure, with its staggering, cavernous concourse crisscrossed daily by travelers until its demolition, in 1963.

The destruction of the original station was for many a deplorable act. A despondent New York Times editorial at the time noted that, “Until the first blow fell, no one was convinced that Penn Station really would be demolished, or that New York would permit this monumental act of vandalism against one of the largest and finest landmarks of its age of Roman elegance.” The demolition is considered to have been the catalyst for the enactment of the Landmarks Preservation Law, the city’s first architectural preservation statute, which was championed by MAS and adopted by cities everywhere.

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Conference on Preservation & Climate Change in New York City

Can old buildings help make New York a more sustainable city? How will climate change affect the city’s historic buildings and neighborhoods? How can we make the city’s landmarks more energy efficient? Speakers will address these questions and more at the Conference on Preservation and Climate Change in New York City. Co-sponsored by The Municipal Art Society of New York and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, the all-day conference on Saturday, October 16th will be kicked off by an opening lecture and reception on October 15th, and be followed by special tours on October 17th.

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