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Archive for May, 2012

Livable Neighborhoods: Training Emerging Community Planners from all Five Boroughs

livable neighborhoods trainingOn May 12, MAS hosted the 6th annual Livable Neighborhoods Training. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer gave the welcome address to a group of more than one hundred people representing all five boroughs. The all-day training was held at Pratt Manhattan and co-sponsored by Pratt Institute’s Programs in Sustainable Planning and Development. The semi-annual event brings together a diverse group of participants from community boards Continue Reading>>

Youth Council Monitor Electricity Consumption at Henry Street Settlement

henry street youth councilLast Friday, ten 9 and 10 year old boys and girls from the Henry Street Settlement Youth Council visited the Settlement headquarters to survey the number of electrical devices in each office. This survey is part of an effort to illustrate how staff can help reduce energy consumption. Experts participating in the Henry Street Settlement eco-charrette–a collaborative design and solutions-seeking process–that took place last year, identified occupant behavior has a huge factor in the amount of energy used. Of particular concern was the office plug loads Continue Reading>>

Two MAS Projects Selected as Partners in Preservation Finalists: Cast Your Votes!

MAS’s planned restoration of the “Rocket Thrower” statue and our energy retrofit at the Henry Street Settlement, were announced today as two of the 40 finalists of American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2012 Partners in Preservation Initiative in New York City.  Partners in Preservation is a community-based program providing preservation grants for local historic places. Continue Reading>>

Jane’s Walk NYC 2012: A Great Success!

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More than 2,500 New Yorkers (and visitors!) took to the streets last weekend for Jane’s Walk NYC. Coordinated by MAS, working with over two dozen partner organizations, Jane’s Walk NYC is a weekend of free, hosted walks, and bike rides in all five boroughs led by local residents, urban enthusiasts and those who care deeply about their neighborhoods and city.

Started in Toronto in 2007, Jane’s Walk is an international program created to commemorate the life and legacy of beloved urbanist Jane Jacobs.  This year it grew to include 600 walks in 85 cities and 19 countries!

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Walk the Entire Length of Broadway on a Jane’s Walk with MAS & Mary Miss

manhattan-new-york-aerial-mediumMAS, artist Mary Miss and her organization City as Living Laboratory (CaLL) will be hosting a Jane’s Walk down the ENTIRE length of Broadway, from 240 Street to Bowling Green, on Sunday, May 6th. The walk will start uptown at 8AM and end at the lower tip of Manhattan around 8PM. We hope you’ll join us for the half-marathon walk—or even just a portion of it Continue Reading>>

MAS Testifies at City Council Hearing on Proposed Changes to Landmarks Law

new york city council hearingMAS and over 50 representatives of the preservation community turned out in force Wednesday morning to oppose the City Council committees’ proposed problematic changes to the Landmarks Law. The multitude of the 11 proposed bills deal with issues of transparency, timelines for processing requests and the creation of a mandatory survey department Continue Reading>>

Join MAS President at CURE’s Megaprojects Conference

MAS President Vin Cipolla will moderate a panel at Megaprojects, a one-day international conference organized by The Center for Urban Real Estate at Columbia University (CURE) on May 11. The conference will convene leading developers, architects, engineers and urban planners to explore megaprojects, while addressing the issues faced and the lessons learned in developing and operating megaprojects in New York as well as in London. Continue Reading>>

Lessons Learned from Henry Street Settlement Energy Audits

henry street settlement indoor dining hallOne of the best ways to learn which energy-saving investments will help make your building more efficient is with an energy audit. As we mentioned in our last demonstration project update, we initiated three audits at the Settlement. Our Con Ed audit focused on lighting, NYSERDA’s offered general recommendations on lighting, boilers and information on NYS incentive programs and competitive energy markets (ESCOs) and lastly, an auditor with expertise in historic community facilities gave us an in-depth audit including the pros and cons of implementing certain upgrades.  All the audits offered estimated “paybacks” –how long it will take for the investment to pay for itself in saved energy costs—a helpful metric to anyone interested in long and short term costs and benefits.  Continue Reading>>