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Archive for November, 2011

Give the Gift of a Unique New York Experience: A Private MAS Architectural Walking Tour

new york city architecture walking tourThe best way to explore New York City and learn about its treasures is to take a Municipal Art Society (MAS) walking tour. Led by experts in architecture, art and urban history, preservation and geography, tours range from strolls through New York’s most exclusive neighborhoods to explorations of celebrated parks and off the beaten path excursions. MAS offers exclusive private walking tours for individuals and groups of up to 35 people. Most tours last about two hours and can be customized for your group or unique needs. Continue Reading>>

Brendan Gill Prize 2011: Calling Nominations

The prize, endowed to permit a cash award, is given annually to the creator of a specific work such as a book, essay, musical composition, play, painting, sculpture, architectural design, film or choreographic work completed in 2011 that best captures the spirit and energy of New York City. Nominations are still being accepted for the 2011 Brendan Gill Prize through November 23, 2011. Learn more and nominate today

In Support of Solar Energy

solar energy panels new york cityMAS testified in front of the City Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection yesterday regarding impediments to the installation of solar energy systems in New York City. MAS wants to encourage the use of renewable energy by helping to develop solutions for the appropriate installation of solar panels on the city’s older and historic buildings. New York City aims to reduce its overall greenhouse gas emissions by 1% a year over the next ten years, or 30% by 2030. One way the city is looking to accomplish this goal is by considering forms of renewable energy, such as solar energy. Continue Reading>>

The University and the City

stanford new york city roosevelt island illustrationOver the last ten years, Columbia University has proposed an ambitious redevelopment plan for their new Manhattanville campus, and other universities, such as Fordham and NYU have also recently released proposals to enlarge their campuses.  Not satisfied with the existing expansion efforts of New York City based universities, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC), this past summer, issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Applied Sciences NYC.  The RFP seeks a university or partnership to develop and operate a campus in New York City in exchange for access to city-owned land, as well $100 million in infrastructure upgrades. Continue Reading>>

Report Back from the 2011 Jane Jacobs Forum

jane jacobs forum 2011 new yorkLast week’s fourth annual Jane Jacobs Forum focused on the impact of three books, published within three years of each other (1961-63), written by women: Jane Jacobs, Rachel Carson and Betty Friedan. These books—and the activism of their authors—changed the conversations of their time and spurred movements of global significance: urbanism, environmentalism, and feminism. Continue Reading>>

Housing for All New Yorkers: The Brownsville Revitalization Initiative

brownstone building new york public housingBuilding on a session on public housing at the MAS Summit for New York City, MAS is pleased to be partnering with Rosanne Haggerty and her colleagues at Community Solutions, to look at the challenges and opportunities in New York City’s long under-developed city assets of public housing, which occupy key land tracts across the five boroughs. Continue Reading>>

On Implementing the NYC Energy Conservation Code: November 16

new york city green building energy codeOn November 16th, the Preservation League of New York State, along with MAS and The New York Landmarks Conservancy, will bring together experts in the NYC and NYS Energy Conservation Codes and Historic Preservation, to discuss the implementation of the NYC Energy Conservation Code. This program will provide lessons and guidance on the NYC Energy Code for those who work with historic buildings with the city. Continue Reading>>

Video Message from MAS President Vin Cipolla

vin psa blog fall11 thumbnailIn advance of our 2011 MAS President’s Report, please take a moment to view this video message from President Vin Cipolla. We are grateful to our loyal members and generous supporters for helping us advocate for a more livable and sustainable New York.  Thank you for continuing your support as we enter our 119th year. Continue Reading>>