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Archive for October, 2011

These Places Matter

Economy CandyStreit’s Matzos, Economy Candy, The Ear Inn, Chinatown Senior Citizens’ Center, The Bowery Mission and the Tenement at 109 Washington Street—all long-time Lower Manhattan staples and now winners of the 2011 Place Matters Awards. The honors are awarded annually by Place Matters, a joint project of MAS and City Lore, to celebrate the historically and culturally significant places that make New York, New York. Continue Reading>>

New York’s Next Zoning Resolution

new york city zoning panel urban planningIs New York City’s much-modified 1961 zoning resolution the best framework for creating a more livable, sustainable and equitable city? Our panel of zoning experts at the MAS Summit for New York City didn’t think so. Deftly moderated by Vicki Been, director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at NYU, the panel consisted of Donald Elliott, a zoning consultant with a national practice; Michael Kwartler, architect, planner and founder of the Environmental Simulation Center; Mitchell Silver, president of the American Planning Association and Jerilyn Perine, executive director of the Citizens Housing & Planning Council. Continue Reading>>

Jane Jacobs Forum: November 8

JJ Forum PanelistsJoin MAS for the 2011 Jane Jacobs Forum, Women as Public Intellectuals: The Legacies of Jane Jacobs, Rachel Carson, and Betty Friedan. The forum will reflect on the conditions that led Jacobs, Carson and Friedan to have the revolutionary impact they did. Our moderator will be Robin Pogrebin, along with esteemed panelists Roberta Brandes Gratz, Melissa V. Harris-Perry, Sally Helgesen, and Urvashi Vaid. Together, they’ll also discuss what they see as necessary to encourage women in this role. This event is free, but registration is required. Learn more and register.

Renfro, Rockwell and Architizer

rockwell renfro architects new york video interviewMAS teamed up with the website Architizer.com to produce two short videos about the working styles of two of our city’s greatest architects: David Rockwell and Charles Renfro.  The videos introduced a fascinating discussion at the Summit between the two architects, which was moderated by Marc Kushner, founder of Architizer.com. Continue Reading>>

2011 MAS Summit Videos Now Online

urban planning design new york city masLast week’s second annual MAS Summit for New York City was a tremendous success. Leaders from around the world came together to discuss livability, smart urban design, and to examine the challenges faced in NYC, from sidewalk to skyline. Video highlights are now on the Summit homepage, as are longer-format videos on our Livestream page. Stay tuned for more Summit video updates, including interviews with attendees and participants.

MAS Releases Report on NYC’s Garment District

garment district new york city economic research reportOne year after our Garment District panel discussion at the 2010 MAS Summit, we’re excited to be releasing Fashioning the Future: NYC’s Garment District at the 2011 edition of the Summit, a report which is the culmination of our work on one of the fashion industry’s greatest assets – Manhattan’s Garment District. Continue Reading>>

Second MAS Survey Offers Key Indicators of Livability in New York

new york city survey livability attitudesNew York is considered one of the greatest cities on earth, but how do New Yorkers feel about life in the city that never sleeps? We fielded the second annual MAS Survey on Livability to find out what real New Yorkers, the people who live and work here, think about their city. Continue Reading>>

Watch the MAS Summit Live Online

summit 2011 livestream new york city urban planningThe MAS Summit for New York City is Thursday and Friday. Watch the Livestream of presentations, panels, and awards winners online. We’re also live tweeting the Summit at twitter.com/masnyc. A limited number of tickets are still available for Friday. You can find the latest schedule and speaker information here.

MAS Summit for NYC This Week

MAS Summit NYC LogoThe MAS Summit for New York City is just days away, on October 13 and 14. This will be our largest-ever convening with more than 75 speakers joining MAS from around the country to discuss New York’s most pressing challenges, as well as innovative solutions to make our city even more livable. This is a tremendously important event for both MAS and for our city. If you haven’t done so already, register now, as this not-to-be-missed event is nearly sold out. Continue Reading>>

MAS Seeks Consultant for Green Preservation Manual

Green roof at Cook + Fox OfficesToday MAS released a request for proposals seeking a consultant to prepare a manual tentatively titled Greening New York City’s Landmarks: A Guide for Property Owners. MAS, with the assistance of the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), is producing the manual as an educational tool for property owners. Continue Reading>>

Livable City Award Winners Announced

livable city new york awards urban planning 2011MAS proudly congratulates Gospel for Teens, ioby, Riverpark Farm, Storm King Art Center and Urban Samaritan, winners of the 2011 Livable City Awards, honoring the organizations and projects that have made New York City a better place to live. Angela Elie, center manager of the Detective Keith Williams Recreation Center in Queens, is also being honored with the W. Allison & Elizabeth Stubbs Davis Award for extraordinary dedication to the community. Continue Reading>>