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Archive for February, 2012

Community Board 2 Denies NYU Plans for Core Campus

community board 2 new york city town hall meeting nyu expansionAfter weeks of well attended, at times raucous public meetings, on February 23rd Manhattan’s Community Board Two voted resoundingly to recommend the denial of NYU’s proposal to add approximately 2.5 million square feet to their core campus in Greenwich Village. The Board’s resolution denounced the amount of density proposed by the addition of four new buildings to two area superblocks, besieging the community with 20 plus years of constant construction. Continue Reading>>

The Garment District: Still Seeking Solutions

Garment District - Mannequin Thumnail - Photo by Giles AshfordAhead of 2012’s Fall Fashion Week, the City announced new initiatives to help strengthen New York City’s fashion industry.  In October of 2011 MAS released a report on the Garment District which documented the critical assets of the district and outlined a number of recommendations to strengthen the industry. Our report: Fashioning the Future: NYC’s Garment District can be found here. Continue Reading>>

Moynihan Station, Penn Station and the Future of Infrastructure in New York City

farley post office moynihan station frontThis past week, there has been a sharp spike in the media attention given to the Moynihan Station development project.  It began with an article written by Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic at The New York Times, arguing that the planned redevelopment of the Javits Convention Center provided an opportunity for Madison Square Garden to be relocated to the southern end of that site, near 34th Street and 11th Avenue. Continue Reading>>

MAS Now Accepting Submissions for the 2012 MASterworks Awards

hypar pavilion diller scofidio renfro masterworks building 2011 winnerMAS is now accepting nominations for our annual MASterworks Awards. Each year, MAS honors the major players behind the year’s top building projects in New York City. The awards are presented to projects that exemplify excellence in architecture and urban design, and that make a significant contribution to New York’s built environment. Continue Reading>>

Joan Ganz Cooney and Peter G. Peterson To Receive 2012 JKO Medal

peter peterson joan ganz cooney 2012 jko medalists blogJoin MAS as we celebrate Joan Ganz Cooney and Peter G. Peterson at our annual gala on April 19, at The New York Public Library. Married since 1980, Mrs. Cooney and Mr. Peterson will be awarded the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal for their enormous contributions to the quality of arts and culture in New York City, to the celebration of urban life and to making New York a global capital of finance and education. Continue Reading>>

St. Vincent’s Approved by CPC, What Will the City Council Do?

st vincents hospital concept new yorkOn January 23, 2012, the City Planning Commission (CPC) voted to approve the application submitted by the Rudin Management Company to redevelop the site of the former St. Vincent’s Hospital on West 12th Street and Seventh Avenue. The development includes 450 apartments with retail on the East Site and new open space on the Triangle Site (see map below). For more background information on the project, including MAS’ previous work, click here. Continue Reading>>

MAS Young Urbanists: Events Planned for 2012

studio mural painting artist smallWe’re off to an exciting start to 2012 as we launch an expanded line-up of innovative new programming and social opportunities for Urbanists in their 20s and 30s.
Exclusive Architectural Tour
On February 21, Urbanist Emily Sottile will lead us on a comprehensive tour of EverGreene Architectural Arts studio, which is the preeminent architectural conservation and restoration firm in New York. The program includes a tour of the studio, a discussion of means and methods and offers 1.25 CEU credits to qualified participants. This program is offered in conjunction with openhousenewyork.  Register now and enter “urbanist” for a $10 discount.
2012 Urbanist Open House
On March 22 we’ll be opening the doors at the MAS Greenacre Library to you and potential Urbanists so you can stop by, have a glass of wine and chat with others, Continue Reading>>

A Claim of Hardship is Disputed

city suburban first avenue estate small Two landmarked buildings on the Upper East Side are threatened with demolition because the owner is making a claim of economic hardship. The two buildings in question were built at the turn of the 20th century, and as part of First Avenue Estate complex, are important for their innovative design as well as in their role in social housing reform. MAS has long been a supporter of its designation and even filed an amicus brief upholding their landmark status. Continue Reading>>

Kate D. Levin to Receive Evangeline Blashfield Award

kate levin new york city cultural affairs commissionerMAS is pleased to announce that Kate D. Levin, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs commissioner, will receive the Evangeline Blashfield Award for her inspired and visionary leadership in enriching our city’s vibrant arts and cultural organizations. Prior to her appointment, Levin was an Assistant Professor of English and Theater at the City College of New York and Associate Director of the Simon H. Rifkind Center for Humanities and the Arts. She will receive the award at the MAS Annual Meeting on March 1.  MAS applauds her for all she has done and continues to do to make New York a more livable city. Continue Reading>>

City Builder Book Club: MAS Staffer Mary Rowe on Death and Life 

Jane Jacobs Death and LifeMary W. Rowe, vice president of strategy and partnerships at MAS, is this week’s guest writer for City Builder Book Club. The City Builder Book Club is a joint venture between the Centre for City Ecology and Creative Urban Projects to facilitate a deeper understanding of how cities work by hosting a guided reading and discussion of books that have developed and challenged ideas on urbanism. This winter, the book club is reading at book many of us at MAS hold dear, Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Continue Reading>>

Preservation Can Begin at Admirals Row

admirals row historic buildingsAfter nearly five years of review, the federal government has finally transferred the six-acre Admirals Row site to the City of New York, which will turn it over to the Brooklyn Navy Yard for redevelopment. The Navy Yard’s development will include a grocery store, retail and an industrial building. Their plans also include the preservation of two of the most significant historic buildings on the site, the Timber Shed and Quarters B. MAS has been a strong advocate for the preservation of these historic buildings, and for five years has been raising serious concerns over the federal government’s failure to stabilize the buildings, and for leaving them open to the elements. Continue Reading>>