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Archive for April, 2012

Arts Forum Recap: Measuring Vibrancy in Placemaking

arts forum new york city panelMore than 300 arts community members, planners, policymakers and funders packed the auditorium at the National Museum of the American Indian Tuesday evening to listen to an expert panel discuss creative placemaking and new impact measures focusing on vibrancy being developed (Watch the video here). The Arts Forum, Measuring Vibrancy: The Impacts of Arts and Culture Investments in Placemaking,was co-hosted by ArtPlace, a national consortium of funders Continue Reading>>

City Planning Hears from Both Sides on NYU Expansion

nyu city planning commissionMAS, along with over 200 individuals and organizations, testified at Wednesday’s City Planning Commission hearing regarding NYU’s application to expand in Greenwich Village. MAS spoke out against the proposal, recognizing the Manhattan Borough President for his success in negotiating changes to the plan, but continuing to argue that the project needs to benefit NYU, the neighborhood and the city as a whole. Continue Reading>>

MAS Honors Joan Ganz Cooney and Peter G. Peterson

joan kooney pete peterson jko medalHundreds of civic minded and philanthropic New Yorkers gathered last night as MAS presented the 2012 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal to Joan Ganz Cooney and Peter G. Peterson. Held at The New York Public Library, the event honored the couple for the role they have played in making New York a global capital of finance and education, as well as their many contributions to our city’s cultural life. Continue Reading>>

Panel Recap: Libraries as Culture Hubs

artsforum libraries 2012 blog stage thumbLast Thursday night, Tom Galante, Linda Johnson and Tony Marx, the Directors of the three New York City library systems, engaged in a lively discussion convened by MAS and moderated by New York Times reporter Sam Roberts at the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library (Watch the video here). This evening followed on the heels of an initial discussion that took place last October at the MAS Summit for New York City, where the Directors discussed the common challenges and opportunities public libraries are addressing Continue Reading>>

Urbanist Hosted MAS After DarkParty: Last Chance to Buy Tickets

MAS Annual Gala 2011 at the New York Public LibraryIt’s your last chance to buy advance early rate $50 tickets for the second annual Urbanist hosted MAS After Dark party, this Thursday, April 19 at the New York Public Library—tickets will be $75 at the door. Featuring special guest DJs Timo & Alan of Timo Weiland, a SPiN New York hosted table tennis tournament, appearances by Project Runway designers, a silent auction and open bar, this hot ticket event is nearly sold out. Continue Reading>>

Celebrating Adopt-A-Monument’s 25th Anniversary

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Adopt-A-Monument program, created by MAS in 1987 to rescue public statuary at risk of deterioration. Our two “Adopt” programs (the second being Adopt-A-Mural) have raised nearly $3.5 million to conserve and maintain 51 works of public art from the turn of the 20th century to the present in all five boroughs.  All monuments conserved under this program are available for public viewing. Continue Reading>>

Livable Neighborhoods Training: Why Should You Attend?

noelle marcusOn May 12, 2012, MAS will host the 6th annual MAS Livable Neighborhoods Training. Since its inception, Livable Neighborhoods has trained over 700 community board members, community planners and neighborhood activists on how to advocate and affect change in their community. To register for Livable Neighborhoods, click here. We asked Noelle Marcus, a Livable Neighborhoods Training participant in the spring of 2011, about her experience with Livable Neighborhoods, and how the training has helped her get involved in her neighborhood. Continue Reading>>

The Path to Sustainability at Henry Street

henry street settlement historic buildingOver the past year, MAS and Henry Street Settlement have embarked on an exciting demonstration project to sustainably retrofit the Settlement’s three landmarked buildings on the Lower East Side.  Limiting our budget to serve as a model for small- building owners, we are looking for the greatest payback in energy efficiency for the least dollars, while setting up a plan to effect sustainable change over the coming years. Our first steps and some of our progress to date is outlined below. Continue Reading>>

Borough President Weighs In, NYU Modifies Application

nyu expansion bp modification rendering heightAfter the NYU proposal was heavily criticized by Community Board Two, it was the Borough President’s turn in the ULURP process to opine on its plan to add 2.4 million square feet of new development to two superblocks just southeast of Washington Square Park. In response to the concerns he raised NYU has agreed to modify its proposal to make a number of significant changes, the details of his position can be found here. Continue Reading>>

Rockefeller Foundation Announces 2012 Nomination Process for Jane Jacobs Medal

jane jacobs medal new york city culture leadershipThe Rockefeller Foundation announced today that it is opening the public nominating process for the 2012 Jane Jacobs Medal – awarded to two living individuals whose creative vision for the urban environment has significantly contributed to the vibrancy and variety of New York City.  The nominations can come from anyone and should be made at from today through May 4, 2012. Continue Reading>>

Measuring Vibrancy: The Impacts of Arts and Culture Investments in Placemaking

MAS is very pleased to present a special Arts Forum panel discussion on Tuesday, April 24th supported by ArtPlace and the Rockefeller Foundation, Measuring Vibrancy: The Impacts of Arts and Culture Investments in Placemaking. MAS is convening urban leaders from the development, design, economic development, research, and real estate communities nationwide to discuss options for measuring the impacts of creative placemaking. Continue Reading>>

6th Annual Livable Neighborhoods Training: Register Today!

classroom photo on livable neighborhoodsOn Saturday, May 12, MAS will host the 6th annual Livable Neighborhoods Training. This year, Livable Neighborhoods is co-sponsored by the Pratt Institute’s Programs in Sustainable Planning and Development. The day-long workshop series will be held at Pratt Manhattan, located at 144 West 14th Street. Click here to register for the event. Livable Neighborhoods is a semi-annual event that brings together a diverse group of participants – community board members, community based organizations, community activists, students and concerned citizens – to learn from experts with practical experience in city planning, economic development, zoning and more. Instructors include Continue Reading>>