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Archive for March, 2012

MAS Panel Debates NYU Expansion

Nearly 200 community members, NYU students and faculty packed the Scholastic auditorium Tuesday evening to listen to an expert panel debate NYU’s plans to add a significant amount of density to two Greenwich Village area superblocks (Watch the video here). To kickoff the evening, MAS President Vin Cipolla briefly outlined NYU’s plans to add nearly half the square footage of their ambitious 6 million square feet expansion plan to the Greenwich neighborhood. Continue Reading>>

MAS Launches Young Urbanist Activities for 2012

programs 2012 urbanist open house thumbThe MAS Greenacre Reference Library was packed last Thursday evening as MAS launched its year of special programming for Urbanist members with a briefing by MAS president Vin Cipolla and reception. A number of new initiatives are slated for 2012 including regular monthly Urbanist Outings, a brand new benefit package for Leadership Council members, and other opportunities for getting involved in the work of MAS at several different levels. Many new Urbanists also took advantage of our special $75 membership offer that includes a MAS After Dark party ticket. If you missed it, you can see photos, learn more about what’s planned and find out how to join here:

Libraries as Community Anchors

MAS is committed to advocating for public amenities that contribute to the livability of New York City and its diverse neighborhoods. To that end, MAS showcased the leaders of the three New York City library systems at the MAS Summit for New York City this past October, to talk about the vital and ever-expanding roles libraries play as cultural and community anchors in city neighborhoods. This session was so popular (both live and online subsequently) that MAS will again convene a public program with the presidents of the libraries, this time at the magnificent main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library on April 12. Continue Reading>>

Tickets now Available for the Second Annual Urbanist MAS After Dark Party

MAS Annual Gala 2011 at the New York Public LibraryTickets are now on sale for the second annual Urbanist MAS After Dark  party on Thursday, April 19 at the New York Public Library, featuring a special guest DJ, open bar and silent auction. This hot ticket event will follow the annual Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal gala, which is honoring Joan Ganz Cooney and Peter G. Peterson this year. The After Dark party is organized by the Urbanists, the MAS younger membership group of New Yorkers in their 20s and 30s Continue Reading>>

MAS Applauds City Council’s Approval of St. Vincent’s Redevelopment

st vincents hospital concept new yorkOn March 14, the City Council approved the proposal to redevelop the former St. Vincent’s Hospital site on West 12th and 7th Avenue into a mixed-use development with a new 16,667 square foot park. The agreement that was reached includes a number of community benefits, including the commitment by the Bloomberg Administration and the New York City Department of Education to build a new public school at 75 Morton Street.  MAS has been focused on this project since it was announced in 2007. Continue Reading>>

The University in the Neighborhood: Debating NYU’s Expansion Plan

nyu new york university campus expansion 2031 planJoin MAS on Tuesday, March 27, for a panel discussion on NYU’s expansion plan.  New York University is the latest city institution to evoke controversy with its ambitious expansion plan which would more than double the amount of density on two Greenwich Village area superblocks. NYU, like Columbia and Fordham, is an important New York City institution; however, each institution’s success relies as much on its location within New York City as in its state-of-the-art facilities. Continue Reading>>

MAS Presents the Arts Forum: Libraries as Culture Hubs

programs banner arts forum spring 2012On Thursday, April 12 MAS is once again convening all three directors of New York City’s library systems at the Brooklyn Public Library in an Arts Forum presentation: Libraries as Culture Hubs. Continuing the discussion started at the MAS Summit for New York City, this panel will help to kick off MAS’s new focus of in-depth study on the role of libraries in New York City communities. Continue Reading>>

DOT Bike Share Workshop Comes to MAS

Last night, MAS, along with the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), Manhattan Community Board 5, Borough President Scott Stringer and State Senator Thomas Duane, hosted a workshop to help decide how bike share will work and where stations should be located in Midtown Manhattan. The workshop was attended by over 60 local residents and business owners, who gathered to explore the best locations for bike share stations in Midtown. Continue Reading>>

Call for Submissions: Green Preservation Projects

prospect heights historic row houses italianate brooklyn new york architectureThe Municipal Art Society, in collaboration with Terrapin Bright Green and Cook+Fox Architects, is releasing a call for submissions soliciting case studies of green preservation projects, which may be selected for use in the manual, “Greening New York City’s Historic Buildings: A Guide for Property Owners.” The manual will provide guidance for building owners, architects and contractors on how to improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of historic buildings without compromising their character or resiliency. The case studies will be used in the manual to illustrate best practices and supplement the technical information. Continue Reading>>

Recap: 119th Annual Meeting

The 119th Annual Meeting of The Municipal Art Society of New York was a terrific, standing room only event.  Held last Thursday at the newly renovated New-York Historical Society, the annual gathering of MAS members, partners, funders and friends celebrated the integral role of the arts in fostering a livable city. The evening started off with the presentation of the Evangeline Blashfield Award to New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin for her dedication to the arts in New York City. Continue Reading>>

Help Plan Bike Share in Midtown Manhattan

DOT BikeshareJoin Manhattan Community Board 5, the New York City Department of Transportation, MAS and local residents and business owners at a planning workshop to help decide how bike share should work and where stations should go in Midtown Manhattan, from Columbus Circle to Union Square, the Garment District to Grand Central Terminal.  In partnership with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and New York State Senator Thomas Duane. Continue Reading>>

MAS Urges Modification of NYU Proposal

nyu core campus expansion elevation plan smallAs an organization concerned with livability, MAS has spent several months analyzing NYU’s development plans and attending NYU presentations and community board meetings to better understand how NYU’s proposal to add 2.5 million square feet to their core campus will impact the Greenwich Village neighborhood. Our position takes into consideration NYU’s very real need to deal with pressures created by institutional growth and attempts to balance those pressures with the need to ensure that development is compatible with the surrounding neighborhood. Continue Reading>>