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Archive for October, 2010

“You’ve got to get out and walk.” Writer and activist, Jane Jacobs

For Jane Jacobs, walking was essential to understanding how any city worked—or didn’t. In “Downtown is for People,” her seminal 1958 article for Fortune Magazine, Jacobs encouraged citizens to take part in the planning and design of their own cities. She avowed, “…what is needed is an observant eye, curiosity about people, and a willingness to walk.” And walk she did. On West 57th St., where MAS now has its offices, she observed the enlivening effect of the street’s “two shifts” of foot traffic. Continue Reading>>

This Week’s Highlights: October 29

Coney Island Boardwalk Construction - Photo by Nadia Chaudhury Each week we will bring you news on issues related to New York City’s livability. Feel free to comment or post a link to other interesting articles about our city. After last week’s very successful Summit for New York City, we at MAS are glad to see the conversation about livability continuing throughout the media. In this article, Grist speaks with Secretary of the Department of Transportation Ray LaHood, Continue Reading>>

Can New York Learn from Milan, London and Paris?

MAS and the Design Trust for Public Space hosted two panels in June focused on the Garment District and the findings of the Design Trust’s study, Made in Midtown,, done in collaboration with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). MAS contributed research to the study on three international fashion capitals—Paris, Milan and London—in an effort to determine what lessons New York could learn from its competitors. MAS focused on the proximities of fashion companies in these three cities and analyzed the effects of industry clustering, and the official policies and informal mechanisms that nurture and develop opportunities for entrepreneurship. Reflecting on the importance of the district, MAS President Vin Cipolla said, “the Garment District is and has been the story of New York for more than 100 years. It is where planning, preservation, entrepreneurship, urban design, livability, economic development and aesthetic issues converge. The Garment District is where New York meets the world.” Continue Reading>>

Favorite Places to Walk? Favorite Places to Roll?

Family Walking Along a ParkIn preparation for the Jane Jacobs Forum, we want to hear from you about one of your favorite walks. The walk can be in any of the boroughs of New York City. It can be a walk on your way to work or school or when running errands or when out for a ramble. Also, where would you like to walk, but can’t? Continue Reading>>

Join Us for this Year’s Jane Jacobs Forum on Walking (& Rolling) in New York City

The 2010 MAS Jane Jacobs ForumRegister now for the final program in the Next for New York series! This year’s Jane Jacobs Forum focuses on walking and rolling in New York’s five boroughs. Walking is considered key to a livable city. Does New York measure up? Learn more about the Jane Jacobs Forum.

First MAS Survey on Livability Finds Differing Views of City Life

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? We released the first MAS Survey on Livability to find out what real New Yorkers think about their city. Continue Reading>>

Day One Welcome Address

First Deputy Mayor of the City of New York,  Patti Harris, will be the keynote speaker for the Welcome Address on Thursday morning, following the opening remarks of David M. Childs and Vin Cipolla, chairman and president of the Municipal Art Society of New York, respectively.

Word on the Street: Is Williamsburg Livable?

MAS took to the streets with a video camera and asked New Yorkers about their neighborhoods. Two of the people we interviewed currently live in Williamsburg, but have very different views on what changes need to be made to increase their quality of life. Continue Reading>>

Join the Rally for Garment District Jobs: Tomorrow at Noon

Garment District: MASNYC: Giles Ashford Join top design professionals and other concerned New Yorkers in the Rally for New York City Jobs in the Garment District Tuesday, October 19, at 12:00 p.m. The rally is being sponsored by Anna Sui, Donna Karen, Kenneth Cole, Michael Kors, The Huffington Post, Paper and many more. Meet at the Button at 39th Street and 7th Avenue. Bring a friend! Continue Reading>>

This Week’s Highlights: October 15

Each week we will bring you news on issues related to New York City’s livability. Feel free to comment or post a link to other interesting articles about our city. The American Planning Association released its 2010 list of “Great Public Spaces in America,” which includes the Ferry Building in San Francisco, Campus Matrius Park in Detroit, and New York’s own Bryant Park. Continue Reading>>

MAS Conference on Preservation and Climate Change Opens Friday

Green roof at Cook + Fox OfficesThe Conference on Preservation and Climate Change in New York City opens tomorrow. The conference speakers include some of the nation’s foremost experts on the preservation, climate change, green building and sustainability issues. 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. Continue Reading>>

Summit Panels Offer AIA/CES Credit

The Municipal Art Society is pleased to announce that several panels in our upcoming Summit for New York City will offer AIA/CES credit. By attending these panels, architects can earn Learning Unit (LU) hours as part of the Continuing Education System (CES). The panels and credits are as follows: AIA members receive 1 CES LU for attending the Sustainable Housing panel. AIA members receive 1.25 CES LUs for attending the panel on Moynihan Station and the Far West Side. AIA members receive 1.25 CES LUs for attending the Garment District panel.