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Archive for September, 2012

MAS at the United Nations

Last night, forty MAS members and supporters were guests of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), for a special briefing on the findings from the recent meeting of the Habitat’s World Urban Campaign Steering Committee, co-chaired by MAS Chair Dr. Eugenie Birch. MAS is pleased to be a lead partner in the World Urban Campaign, challenging New Yorkers and the broader MAS constituency to bring their experience and knowledge into the I am a City Changer campaign which connects city building innovators Continue Reading>>

The Future of Midtown

What’s New York’s vision for the neighborhood that anchors its most beloved landmark, provides perhaps the most prestigious business addresses in the world and is the hub to a critically important regional transportation network? Over the past few months MAS has been convening a group of stakeholders– ranging from property owners, to tenants, to residents, to civic organizations, to architects, to planners–to consider a potential re-zoning of East Midtown and the Grand Central Terminal District developed by the Department of City Planning. Continue Reading>>

In the Past Year…

janes walk broadway crowdThanks to the generous support of members, donors and engaged citizens, in the last year alone MAS… restored FIVE early-20th century murals in the City Hall council chamber testified EIGHT times before City Council, agencies and local elected officials, and engaged DOZENS of decision-makers on planning and preservation policy Continue Reading>>

MAS and Pratt Institute Partner in Brooklyn to Train Veteran and Emerging Community Planners

training community based plannersOn Saturday, September 22, MAS and the Pratt Institute’s Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development teamed up to host the 2012 fall session of Livable Neighborhoods. The day-long training was held at Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn campus and brought community board members and representatives of community based organizations from all five boroughs together with graduate urban planning, historic preservation and environmental systems management students, to learn from professionals in the fields of city planning, economic development Continue Reading>>

Thank You for Making Tribute in Light Possible

tribute-in-light-nyc-10-600x420MAS wishes to thank our numerous supporters and donors who have contributed to Tribute in Light for more than ten years. Tribute, first proudly presented by MAS in 2002 to commemorate the tragic events of September 11, will now be administered by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center Foundation. The twin-beam memorial will become a part of the annual programming produced by the Foundation. Continue Reading>>

Fall Livable Neighborhoods Training: Register Now!

livable neighborhoods trainingJoin MAS for the fall session of the Livable Neighborhoods training program on Saturday, September 22. Generously funded by the Altman Foundation, and co-sponsored by the Pratt Institute’s Programs in Sustainable Planning and Development, the free, day-long workshop will be held at Pratt Institute’s Higgins Hall, located at 61 St. James Place in Brooklyn. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. With sessions on Zoning, Historic Preservation Continue Reading>>

MAS Announces The Next 100: A Look at Grand Central and Midtown’s Public Spaces

MAS is pleased to announce the kick-off of The Next 100 – a design challenge for the future of the public realm around Grand Central Terminal. The Next 100 invites three internationally distinguished architecture firms – Foster + Partners, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and WXY Architecture + Urban Design  – to re-think the public spaces in and around Continue Reading>>

Join our Movement for a More Livable New York

MAS is growing a movement of urban advocates invested in the future of New York City.  Together, we work to identify and advance innovative approaches to improving the livability, sustainability and resilience of New York. September is an important month for MAS. We are preparing for the third annual MAS Summit for New York City and launching a full year of programming, tours, advocacy and research designed to inform and empower the citizens of our great city, enabling each of us to play a more active and effective role in planning for our shared future. Continue Reading>>

Rocket Thrower Restoration Launched

The restoration of the “Rocket Thrower” was officially launched on August 22 with a survey of the monument by Steve Tatti’s expert conservation team. The conservation of the statue, the 36th restoration under the MAS Adopt-A-Monument Program, also marks the 25th anniversary of the program.  Donald De Lue’s Olympian-sized sculpture, a highlight of Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, will now be enjoyed in its original state by generations to come. Continue Reading>>