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Archive for December, 2010

Highlights for 2010: Year in Review

As 2010 comes to a close, we take a look at some notable planning, preservation and livability developments of the past year that will shape the future of our city. Enjoy! In late February, the transformation of the James A. Farley Post Office to Moynihan Station took a massive step forward Continue Reading>>

MAS Newsletter Now Available

Temple Emanu-ElThe MAS calendar and newsletter is hitting mailboxes across the city right now—just in time for the New Year. Download the calendar online and stay up-to-date with MAS. If you would like to receive a hardcopy of the newsletter, consider becoming a MAS member. In addition to receiving our newsletter and calendar, you will also receive special discounts on our tours, panels and conferences, as well as invitations to members-only events. To join MAS, visit MAS thanks the Liman Foundation for its ongoing support of our newsletter.

Audit Finds MAS Finances Strong

MAS Summit - Vin Cipolla MAS today released audited financial statements for the fiscal year ending March 30, 2010 that showed significant improvement in annual operating performance and a doubling of invested endowment funds. The audit found that MAS increased its net assets by 83 percent, from $8.4 million to $15.4 million. Continue Reading>>

This Week’s Highlights: December 17

Queensboro Bridge - Photo by 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 Queensboro Bridge and the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel will be renamed in honor of former New York government officials – the first after former Mayor Edward Koch and the second after former Governor Hugh Carey. Continue Reading>>

MAS Calls for Emergency Repairs to Admirals Row

admirals-row-historic-building-b-brooklyn-new-yorkThe Municipal Art Society and The New York Landmarks Conservancy today called on the U.S. Army National Guard Bureau to take immediate action to stabilize two of the most historically significant buildings at the Admirals Row site of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The buildings remain endangered despite the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation’s recently released plans to retain and restore them. Continue Reading>>

MAS Supports the Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic District

Borough Hall SkyscraperLower Manhattan did not have a monopoly on skyscraper construction in New York City in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Across the East River in Brooklyn, another downtown rivaled its Manhattan counterpart. The Landmarks Preservation Commission today took a step towards recognizing the history and architecture of Brooklyn’s downtown when it held a public hearing on the Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic District. Continue Reading>>

Shore Theater To Be Landmarked Today, December 14, 2010

Shore Theater to be Landmarked October 14, 2010The Landmarks Preservation Commission plans to make the Shore Theater Coney Island’s newest landmark today.  Built in 1925, the 2,400-seat Shore Theater was both a vaudeville theater and a movie house during Coney Island’s heyday.  The building also contained several stories of office space above the theater.  Vacant for over 30 years, the Shore Theater is one of Coney Island’s unused assets.  Designation as a New York City landmark will ensure that this building remains part of a revitalized Coney Island. Continue Reading>>

Fashion in the City: Bloomberg Takes Steps to Aid Designers

Garment District - Mannequin Thumnail - Photo by Giles AshfordMayor Michael R. Bloomberg recently laid out six new initiatives to aid New York City’s emerging fashion designers. The initiatives were developed as a result of FashionNYC2020, a yearlong study that addressed the challenges facing New York’s fashion industry and proposed ways to strengthen the city’s status as a global fashion enclave. Continue Reading>>