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Archive for November, 2010

Livable Neighborhoods Program Training

Livable Neighborhoods Program Training at Pratt Institute, November 13, 2010On Saturday November 13th, Pratt students and local residents came together for an afternoon of training on local planning issues. Hosted by MAS, in collaboration with Pratt Institute’s Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development, this semi-annual Livable Neighborhoods training provides incoming students and area residents with an opportunity to connect and learn how to participate more effectively in New York City’s planning process. Continue Reading>>

Just How Walkable (or Rollable) is New York City? 2010 Jane Jacobs Forum Recap

Jane Jacobs Forum 2010: The Walkable (& Rollable City) - Photo by Giles Ashford Walking and rolling took center stage at this year’s MAS Jane Jacobs Forum, as we considered these forms of transportation that are so often overlooked. See photos below. MAS president Vin Cipolla opened the evening by pointing out that more people walk to work in New York City (9.2%) than in any other major U.S. city. But, Nicholas Turner, a managing director at the Rockefeller Foundation, noted that walking is not even classified as transportation Continue Reading>>

This Week’s Highlights: November 24

Biking in Bike Lanes in New York CityEach 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 Bloomberg administration is accepting proposals for a city-wide public bike-sharing plan. Similar programs exist in Paris, Denver, and Minneapolis. Continue Reading>>

MAS On NYU’s Decision Not To Build on Landmarked Site

Silver Towers - Photo by davem_330 via Flickr New York University announced last week that it was abandoning plans to add a 38-story tower to its landmarked Silver Towers complex, designed by I. M. Pei. The proposed tower was part of the university’s 20-year expansion plan, NYU 2031, which seeks to add six million square feet of campus space throughout the city. Continue Reading>>

Lessons Learned at the Conference on Preservation and Climate Change

new-york-city-preservation-climate-change-conferenceTwo themes emerged during the MAS Conference on Preservation and Climate Change in New York City on October 16: there is a substantial amount of common ground between the goals of preservation and sustainability, but it is largely unrecognized; and the preservation community needs to be much more actively engaged in shaping green building and sustainability policies. Continue Reading>>

This Week’s Highlights: November 19

This Week's Highlights - The High Line 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. Gothamist remembers preservationist Robert Makla, the founder of Friends of Central Park and Friends of Prospect Park. Continue Reading>>

Learn About Civic Activism From Jane Jacobs Medalists

Elizabeth Rogers BarlowHow do people effect change in New York City? What does it take to be a civic leader? Watch video interviews with this year’s Jane Jacobs Medalists Robert Hammond, Joshua David and Elizabeth Barlow Rogers and find out. Continue Reading>>

MAS Summit for New York City: Watch Online

Philip K. Howard at MAS Summit for New York CityOn October 21 & 22, the inauguralMAS Summit for New York City brought together hundreds of New Yorkers to debate how to make the city more livable. Watch highlights from MAS Board Member Philip K. Howard’s keynote speech, the release of the MAS Survey on Livability, and The Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin talking about the foundation’s commitment to sustainability. * Over the coming days, all panels and keynotes are being made available in their entirety at http://mas.org/summitnyc/videos.

This Week’s Highlights: November 12

Bank of Coney IslandEach 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. Amusing The Zillion reports that the Department of Buildings has issued a “Full Stop Work Order” at the Bank of Coney Island building, which was slated for demolition along with Henderson Music Hall earlier this year. Continue Reading>>

Star Gazing in Grand Central

Grand Central Terminal ceiling thumbnail - Photo by Lisa McGee via Flickr/lambatofaOn Monday, the stars in Grand Central Terminal’s sky ceiling were once again shining. For several months, electricians have been installing energy efficient LED lights, which are now burning bright, just in time for the holiday season. Having helped save Grand Central Terminal in the 1970s, we at MAS are particularly pleased that the mural designed by J. Monroe Hewlett in 1913, has not only been preserved, but also updated with the latest efficient technology available. Continue Reading>>

Walking IS Transportation

Walking - Crossing Street - New York City - Penn Station - Photo by Nadia ChaudhuryWhen someone refers to modes of transportation, what comes to mind may be a subway, bus or private car, rather than the oldest, most sustainable mode of all. Walking. We all know New Yorkers walk a lot; a question on the MAS Livability Survey conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion suggests the importance of walking as daily transportation. Continue Reading>>

This Week’s Highlights: November 1

Brooklyn Bridge Walking Path - Photo: Nadia ChaudhuryEach 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 City broke ground this week on the new $80 million Sims Municipal Recycling Facility. A key part of PlaNYC, the facility will serve as the principal processing facility for all of the city’s metal, glass, and plastic recyclables, reducing the amount of trucking needed for recycling pick-up by more than 260,000 miles a year. Continue Reading>>