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Archive for August, 2011

Help MAS Guarantee the Future of Tribute in Light

tribute in light nyc wtc memorial beamsAs New York prepares to commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, MAS is once again setting up for its presentation of Tribute in Light. The majestic beams of light will illuminate the Lower Manhattan sky beginning at dusk on Sunday, September 11, and fading with the dawn on Monday. MAS first presented Tribute in Light on March 11, 2002, six months after the World Trade Center attacks. Considered by many to be one of the most powerful and healing works of public art ever conceived, it was co-founded by MAS and Creative Time, and is now presented annually by MAS. Continue Reading>>

MAS and Landmarks Preservation Commission to Release Green Manual

historic building green renovation manual nycAs part of our ongoing campaign on preservation and climate change, MAS is teaming up with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to produce a guide on how to improve the energy efficiency of small landmark buildings. The guide will provide straightforward action steps that property owners can take to improve the efficiency of historic buildings while preserving their historic character. From changing light bulbs to installing solar panels, the manual will provide guidance on reducing energy usage and saving money. Continue Reading>>

After Long Road, St. Vincent’s Begins Public Review

st vincents hospital redevelopment project new york cityOn Monday, August 22, the St. Vincent’s Redevelopment Project entered the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), the process through which development projects are reviewed by the local Community Board, the Borough President, City Planning Commission, and the City Council. Located in the West Village, the site is divided into three sections: the O’Toole Building, the Triangle Site and the East Site. Continue Reading>>

MAS Announces 2011 MASterworks Awards Winners

hypar pavilion diller scofidio renfro masterworks building 2011 winnerMAS is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 MASterworks Awards. This year, the award recipients include the Hypar Pavilion at Lincoln Center, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXFOWLE, and Foster + Partners’ (with Adamson Associates, architect of record)  Sperone Westwater Gallery at 257 Bowery, which tied for Best New Building; Queens Theater in the Park for Best Restoration; Myrtle Hall at Pratt for Best Neighborhood Catalyst, with an honorable mention to the Whitlock Avenue Subway Station; and the High Performance Landscape Guidelines for Best Green Design Initiative. Continue Reading>>

Architecture Beyond Sight

architecture grand central station pediment new yorkThis October is the ninth annual Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month, founded by Art Education for the Blind (AEB). The mission of AEB is to make art, art history, and visual culture accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. Since AEB’s founding in 1987, it has worked with museums across the nation and around the world. Continue Reading>>

From the MAS Archives: Identify the Mystery Photo

new york city street old classic mystery photographThe visual history of MAS’s 118-year-long commitment to New York City is documented in our photography archive. When we moved from our long time home at The Urban Center to 111 West 57th Street, we unearthed many uncatalogued photographs. To date, nearly three-quarters of these images have been conserved, identified and cataloged. Continue Reading>>

Bike Lane Survives Lawsuit

bike lane prospect park dot nyc lawsuitLast summer, the City installed a bike lane in Park Slope, which runs along Prospect Park West from Union to 15th Streets. The Prospect Park West bike lane, like the 9th Avenue bike lane in Chelsea, is a two-way bike path set off from car traffic by a lane of parked cars. Continue Reading>>

MAS Summit: First Wave of Speakers Announced

mas summit 2011 cityscape thumbnailThe first wave of speakers has been confirmed as MAS is gearing up for the second annual MAS Summit for New York City — two days of energetic and fast-paced talks, panel discussions and conversations with opportunities for attendees to network and exchange ideas. The best and most innovative city-building ideas will be presented as we consider how to make New York City more livable, from sidewalk to skyline.   Early registration discounts are available now through August 22. Continue Reading>>

Monumental Cleaning for the “Bellringers” of Herald Square

Herald Square Bellringers Monument Restoration New YorkIn June, annual maintenance on the James Gordon Bennett Monument (better known as the Bellringers) in Herald Square, took place. The larger than life size, multi-figure monument by the French sculptor Jean-Anton Carles, was restored through the Municipal Art Society’s Adopt-A-Monument program in 1989 and then again in 2007, with a grant from the George Trescher Monument Fund. The monument, one of the city’s great landmarks, consists of a 40-foot-tall Italianate granite structure with flanking Corinthian pilasters. Continue Reading>>

MAS Board Members Tour Four Freedoms Park

MAS at Four Freedoms Park, New YorkOn July 28, MAS board members took the tram to Roosevelt Island for a tour of the future Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms, with Sally Minard and Gina Pollara, the park’s president and executive director, respectively. The park was architect Louis Kahn’s last project. In fact, Kahn was carrying the drawings with him when he died in 1974, a year after Welfare Island had been renamed in FDR’s honor. Continue Reading>>

New & Notable Tour: Starchitecture NYC, 2011

tour frank gehry iac building new yorkSince the turn of the 21st century, dozens of new buildings and public spaces by celebrated American and international designers have been added to New York’s cityscape. This fall, MAS is offering four opportunities to view and visit a number of these exemplary designs in one concentrated, three-hour tour. We will travel by small motor coach, with stops to take a closer look on the ground and to step inside selected buildings. Continue Reading>>

East Side Waterfront Park: New York’s Next Great Public Space?

east river con ed pier charretteOn July 26 MAS hosted a design charrette for the former Con Ed Pier located between East 38th and East 41st Streets on the East River waterfront. The charrette (an intensive design workshop) was co-sponsored by local elected officials and Community Board Six.  This work is a continuation of MAS’ longstanding commitment to opening up access to the waterfront.  You can read the New York Times event recap here. Continue Reading>>