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Archive for April, 2011

MAS Fetes DvF

MAS Annual Gala 2011 at the New York Public LibraryHundreds of civic minded and philanthropic New Yorkers gathered last night as MAS presented the 2011 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal to Diane von Furstenberg at our annual gala.  The black tie event, held at The New York Public Library, honored the fashion icon for her work as an urban pioneer, civic activist and preservationist. Continue Reading>>

MAS: Demystify Fair Share

Barge on Newtown Creek - Photo by Nadia Chaudhury The Municipal Art Society testified at a recent New York City Council Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses’ hearing on Fair Share. The Fair Share provision of the New York City Charter, added in 1989, was intended to include community participation in the siting of burdensome city facilities, such as sewage treatment plants and solid waste transfer stations, and to promote the equitable distribution of these facilities. Continue Reading>>

MAS Launches Energy Demonstration Project with Henry Street Settlement

Thumbnail - Henry Street Settlement - Photo by Hazel BalabanCan historic, landmarked buildings–perceived by many as energy hogs–be transformed into energy efficient properties, without compromising their iconic character? The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) is embarking on a demonstration project to show that the city’s most treasured historic buildings can improve their energy efficiency without significant aesthetic changes or large capital outlays. Continue Reading>>

Watch List Highlights: Friday, April 15, 2011

Watch List - Coney Island - Grashorn Building Lower Manhattan: A Farm Grows in Manhattan Next Monday, students and community members will start planting in the city’s first urban farm in 386 years. Conceived by an environmental club at the Millennium High School, the one acre farm will be shaped like a turkey and feature a fence made from bamboo donated by the Starn Brothers. Continue Reading>>

What Is the State of Our Streets?

Select Bus Service - Photo by Denis Desmond We’ve offered two excellent programs on streets; now take an eye-opening tour, experiencing our changing streets and changing transportation firsthand in the company of highly knowledgeable tour leaders. On the first tour on April 16, we’ll begin by boarding a Select Bus and assessing its operation. (Does the ticketing work? Comparable to a subway in speed?) Continue Reading>>

Livable Neighborhoods Training Travels to the Bronx

livable neighborhoods podiumIn response to our 2010 Livability Survey, which found that Bronx residents were the least satisfied with their neighborhoods than other city dwellers, we went north with our highly regarded Livable Neighborhoods training program to more than 200 members of the twelve Bronx community boards. Continue Reading>>

Announcing Gala After Party at the NYPL: April 28

New York Public Library - Gala Come celebrate your love for New York City by dancing the night away with MAS! Following the presentation of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal to Diane von Furstenberg on Thursday, April 28, the MAS Urbanists are pleased to host the first annual MAS After Dark Benefit. This is the first time MAS will be extending the scope of the Gala evening to reach its dedicated, younger supporters. Continue Reading>>

Former MAS Board Member Appointed NYC Schools Chancellor

Dennis M. Walcott - Courtesy of MAS proudly congratulates former Board Member Dennis M. Walcott on his appointment as New York City Schools Chancellor. Chancellor Walcott served on the MAS Board of Directors from 1997 to 2001. “Everyone at MAS congratulates Chancellor Walcott on this new appointment. There’s no question that he is deeply committed to improving the quality of life in our city, as his tenure at MAS confirms. We wish him the best of luck,” said MAS President Vin Cipolla.

Watch List Highlights: Friday, April 8, 2011

Farley Post OfficeMoynihan Station: Governor Seeks Federal Funds for High-Speed Rail Plans Governor Andrew Cuomo is applying for federal funding for high-speed rail projects for the state, including phase 2 of the development of Moynihan Station. “New York is embracing high-speed rail as a faster way to move people and products and drive our economy in the 21st century,” he said. The funds were made available after Florida Governor Rick Scott returned the money. Continue Reading>>

MAS Tour Guide: One of the World’s Best

Francis Morrone Our very own Francis Morrone was just named one of the thirteen best tour guides in the world (one of only two in the United States) by Travel + Leisure magazine. Francis is an accomplished professor, tour leader and author of more than eight books, including the upcoming The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, which he wrote with Henry Hope Reed (who co-led the very first MAS walking tour in 1956). Francis also co-authored Ten Architectural Walks in Manhattan, a guidebook MAS published in 2009. Continue Reading>>

Shared Streets = Shared Visions:
Panel Brings Forth New Ideas on Our City’s Largest Public Space

Sidewalk Cafes - Photo by Nadia Chaudhury Last night, MAS hosted an evening dedicated to the city’s largest public spaces as part of the second annual MAS Streets Month. Held at the Scholastic Auditorium, a robust and interested audience attended Shared Streets: Making It Work, offering guests who are passionate about New York’s public realm an opportunity to hear a presentation on new initiatives by DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. Her address was followed by a lively presentation by Gil Penalosa, Continue Reading>>

MAS In April – Celebrating Our Streets!

New York City Streets - Photo by Nadia ChaudhuryBack by popular demand, it’s the second annual MAS Streets Month! Thanks to the popularity of our first Streets Month programs, we are back with a great lineup for this April. Great cities start with great streets, and next month, MAS will celebrate what’s new, interesting, and controversial about New York City’s largest and ever-changing network of public spaces. New York’s streets have seen a great deal of change in the past few years. Continue Reading>>