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Greening the Henry Street Settlement

Rain gardens, solar panels and an efficient new mechanical system were some of the big ideas generated at the Henry Street Settlement eco-charrette last week. While those measures may be the most attention-getting of the future energy retrofit, the small ones – adding roof insulation, painting the roof white and installing efficient lighting  –  will also be critical to providing major energy and cost savings. Continue Reading>>

Memorable Architecture & Hospitality in Stapleton Heights

Photo by Ron RiceLast Saturday’s walking tour of Stapleton Heights, lead by architectural historian Justin Ferate, began with a ride on the Staten Island Ferry and ended with  brown bag lunches and cold drinks in the garden of Belgian journalist Jacqueline Goossens.  The tour featured  expansive views of the Harbor, a walk through a  landmarked historic district. Continue Reading>>

MAS Watch List Highlights, Friday, June 17, 2011

11 For 2011 WatchlistEach week, we highlight stories from around the web that focus on our 11 for 2011 Watch List. The Bronx This week the Times profiled Hutchinson Metro Center. The thriving corporate center in the Bronx recently completed a 9-story Class A office tower and will start construction on another tower in the fall. Metro Center’s  location near four major hospitals has contributed to the area’s growth as an important health and medical services center, sparking  office real-estate interest in the northern borough. Continue Reading>>

MAS Weighs in on Disaster Planning

NYC-Community-Based-Plans-and-Hurricane-Storm-Surge-Zones-2011MAS presented at a panel on Tuesday, June 14th, at the Second Annual Disaster Housing Summit organized by the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Team, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the New York City Office of Emergency Management. The event convened housing, planning and emergency management professionals from across the tri-state region to discuss challenges and opportunities related to funding the recovery process and engaging the public in developing a rebuilding plan. Continue Reading>>

See Something, Say Something: 1375 Broadway

Jack Lubin Mural located in the lobby of 1375 BroadwayA few weeks ago, a concerned New Yorker named David Kronfeld wrote to MAS to ask about the fate of the mid-century mosaics in the lobby of 1375 Broadway, a 1928 building being renovated by new owners in the Garment District.  Mr. Kronfeld was worried that the 1962 murals by New York artist Jack Lubin were in the midst of being destroyed. Continue Reading>>