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Archive for January, 2011

2011 Fitch Forum: 45 Years of Preservation Law

2011 Fitch Forum: 45 Years of Preservation Law Preservationists from around the country will examine the progress of preservation law at the 2011 Fitch Forum, to be held on Saturday, February 5. The forum will focus on New York City’s landmarks ordinance, which was enacted in 1965. MAS President Vin Cipolla and other conference speakers and panelists will examine the debates currently shaping preservation advocacy and explore new and innovative ideas to strengthen the protection of our nation’s historic resources. More information is available at the conference website and register here.

Community Rallies to Save 35 Cooper Square

Thumbnail - 35 Cooper Square - Photo by Flick4Jazz Neighborhood groups are rallying to save 35 Cooper Square from meeting the same fate as its neighbors, which were demolished to make way for the 21-story Cooper Square Hotel. Originally built in the early 19th century as a residence, it is one of the oldest houses on the Bowery. This federal-style structure was altered in the 1870s to include a brownstone storefront, reflecting the change in neighborhood character from prominent residential to commercial. Continue Reading>>

New Vice President Joins MAS

MAS President Vin Cipolla today announced that William Taylor has been named Vice President for Finance and Administration. This appointment comes after a nationwide search. Taylor joins MAS after an extensive career in nonprofit financial and operations management in the performing arts. He served for more than 20 years as the Vice President, COO and CFO of Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston, which has been the home of Boston Ballet, Boston Lyric Opera and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. Continue Reading>>

This Week’s Highlights: Friday, January 28

East River ParkEast River ParkThe New York City Council held a hearing this week to discuss wireless internet access in public parks. The focus of the hearing was the agreement in principle between the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, and cable providers Cablevision and Time Warner Cable. The cable providers would invest and install wireless services in public parks throughout the city with certain conditions, Continue Reading>>

MAS President: 2010 A “Milestone Year”

Vin CipollaMAS President Vin Cipolla looks back at MAS’s successful year as we head into 2011. Read his year end report below: What an exciting year it has been for the Municipal Art Society. From moving our home to the landmark Steinway Building last January to a year of provocative new programs, we’ve enjoyed a period of tremendous growth. As 2010 comes to a close, I’d like to review the progress we’ve made and thank you all for supporting our work. Continue Reading>>

Call for 2011 Jane Jacobs Medal Nominations!

Jane Jacobs MedalMAS to administer awards program on behalf of the Rockefeller Foundation The Rockefeller Foundation today opened the public nominating process for the 2011 Jane Jacobs Medal—awarded annually to two living individuals whose creative vision for the urban environment has significantly contributed to the vibrancy and variety of New York City. Nominations are accepted online starting today through February 25, 2011. Continue Reading>>

Riverbank State Park Goes Wireless: A Signal for All New Yorkers

Map shows free WiFi hotspots. The recent announcement that Riverbank State Park will be the first state park in New York with free public wireless internet access, highlights that we have far to go in providing free (or even affordable) wireless (read internet) access to all New Yorkers. Continue Reading>>

MAS to Award 23rd Brendan Gill Prize to Brooklyn Bridge Park Landscape Architect

Brooklyn Bridge Park Landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh will receive this year’s Brendan Gill Prize for his visionary design of Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO. The park, where MAS held last year’s Annual Meeting, opened in March 2010 and has already become a vital urban amenity, providing space for a wide variety of activities and programming for all members of the community. Van Valkenburgh led the reclaiming of the former shipping piers under the Brooklyn Bridge, transforming the once desolate waterfront into a regional park. Continue Reading>>

This Week’s Highlights: Friday, January 14

Free Max Fish: 21 Years of Writing on the Wallwireless expands to Harlem thanks to a partnership between the state’s parks office and Columbia University, among other institutions. This week, it was announced that Riverbank State Park will soon be equipped with free, public WiFi. While you’re out there this summer, just keep an eye out for the occasional errant Frisbee.

The Bowery Hotel. John Varvatos. The New Museum. The transformation of the Bowery continues. Next up, the former Salvation Army at the corner of East Third Street slated to become a boutique hotel and restaurant.  Continue Reading>>

This Week’s Highlights: Friday, January 7

Red HookOn Friday, The Alliance for the Arts announced that Randall Bourscheidt would step down as chief executive, following over two decades of civic leadership. Broadway World reports that Mr. Bourscheidt will become President Emeritus and continue working with the Alliance in a consultant role. He is Chairman of the Municipal Art Society’s Brendan Gill Prize Jury, which will present its 2010 award to Michael Van Valkenburgh, landscape architect and designer of Brooklyn Bridge Park, later this month. Continue Reading>>