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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 around the world.

Once through the labyrinth of security perimeters and check points in place at the United Nations, participants heard presentations from Habitat Director and former Barcelona Mayor Dr. Joan Clos and Deputy Director Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, former Mayor of Kigali, Uganda. Following exchange between participants and panelists, MAS President Vin Cipolla summarized the key points raised.

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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.

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In the Past Year…

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Thanks 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

trained TWO HUNDRED FIFTY community leaders through our Livable Neighborhoods program

led TWO HUNDRED public walking tours plus SIXTY tours of Grand Central Terminal and SEVENTY Jane’s Walks organized by urban enthusiasts in all five boroughs

recommended FIFTY SIX greening measures as part of the Henry Street Settlement energy retrofit project

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

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On 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 and streetscapes advocacy.

New York City Council Member Brad Lander gave an energizing welcome address, encouraging all in attendance to become involved in the planned development of their neighborhoods. Subsequent sessions were facilitated by instructors ranging from city officials and non-profit leaders to experienced community activists. The fast-paced day gave participants new tools and insights to become better involved in the major planning and policy issues facing their communities.

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Thank You for Making Tribute in Light Possible

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MAS 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.

“For nearly 120 years, MAS has founded and developed many public art and placemaking initiatives which have become part of the city’s landscape. In that tradition, MAS is honored to have produced Tribute in Light. We are so pleased Joe Daniels and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum Foundation will be continuing our legacy. I look forward to working with the Foundation to ensure that Tribute shines on for many years to come and I thank everyone who has made Tribute possible,” said MAS President Vin Cipolla.

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