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Archive for October, 2012

Hidden TriBeCa

tribeca white street corner signIn this weekly blog series, MAS Intern and Sarah Lawrence College Senior Kate Lenahan reports back on her adventures on MAS tours. We hope you will also share your tour experiences with us on our Facebook pageTwitter, or follow us on Instagram at MAS_NYC. With real estate prices rising and developers snatching up open lots for new commercial and residential buildings, it was fitting for MAS tour guide and historian Matt Postal to begin last Saturday’s tour of TriBeCa with the question, “What is so hidden about TriBeCa?” Continue Reading>>

Partner Post: Untapped New York Blogs the MAS Summit

Many partners came together to make the sold-out 2012 MAS Summit for New York City a major success.  One of those partners was Untapped New York, a media partner of the MAS Summit. Untapped was on-hand throughout the sold out Summit to live-blog many of the sessions.  Their coverage of the 2012 MAS Summit for New York City follows below, in reverse chronological order.  Many thanks to the Untapped team  for their stalwart support of the Summit. Continue Reading>>

Announcing the Global Livable Resilient City Network

On the heels of the MAS Summit for New York City, MAS is initiating the Global Livable Resilient City Network (GLCRN) to bring together global cities to share strategies and approaches that foster livability and resilience. The inaugural meeting of this learning network will take place in this November at the prestigious Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Italy. Villa Serbelloni is a conference center operated by the Rockefeller Foundation that has given birth to game-changing approaches to global challenges in public health, education and agricultural production. Continue Reading>>

Thinking of Greening your Historic Rowhouse?

preservation rowhouse green manual reportMAS and the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission have partnered to produce a free digital guide to help home owners improve the energy efficiency of historic (pre-1940) rowhouses without compromising their distinctive architectural features. The Greening New York City’s Historic Buildings: Green Rowhouse Manual, is the first of its kind in New York City. The manual is organized into eleven sections to help building owners identify opportunities for “greening projects.” Among the suggested low- and moderate-cost energy efficiency improvements are weatherization, utilizing more efficient forms of lighting and controls, and installing basement and roof insulation.  More intensive measures suggested in the guide include installing green roofs and rooftop solar panels. Continue Reading>>

MAS Releases Third Annual MAS Survey on Livability

New Yorkers see employment concerns, public safety, housing and the cost of living as the greatest challenges to living happily in New York City, according to the 2012 MAS Survey on Livability, which was released this morning at the MAS Summit for New York City and reported in The New York Times. While life in the Big Apple is generally good, say 84% of those polled, more than one fifth of New Yorkers are worried about employment (22%) and safety (21%) – slightly more than those who are concerned about that perennial source of anxiety among New Yorkers: housing (19%). Continue Reading>>

The Next 100: Visionary Designs Unveiled for Grand Central and East Midtown

Three visionary architectural designs that re-imagine the public spaces in and around Grand Central Terminal and the East Midtown neighborhood will be unveiled this afternoon at the MAS Summit for New York City. From a soaring skyway that rises above Grand Central, to a transformed Park Avenue Viaduct, to expansive pedestrian plazas and bicycle paths, the designs will help inform the future of this critical neighborhood as Grand Central celebrates its 100th anniversary and as New York City develops a new planning framework that calls for the re-zoning of the area’s core.  Continue Reading>>

Maathai Award for Civic Participation in Sustainability

Wangari Muta MaathaiMAS was on hand Friday for the announcement of the Maathai Award for Civic Participation in Sustainability. The annual $10,000 cash award will be given to one female and one male public high school senior and was inaugurated by The Rockefeller Foundation, the Bette Midler Family Trust, New York Restoration Project and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. MAS is administering the award. The award was established in honor of Dr. Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize (2004), a visionary environmentalist, and founder of the Green Belt Movement, Continue Reading>>

On the Beat: Newtown Creek

Newtown Creek's Nature TrailIn this weekly blog series, MAS Intern and Sarah Lawrence College Senior Kate Lenahan reports back on her adventures on MAS tours. We hope you will also share your tour experiences with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, or follow us on Instagram at MAS_NYC. Stepping out of the subway at Greenpoint Avenue, the term renaissance seems perfectly apt for Newtown Creek. The neighborhood is thriving, and its colorful walkup buildings have even earned a place Continue Reading>>

OpenPlans and MAS Community Board Symposium

community board borough mapThe following article was written by OpenPlans’ Anthony Denaro and appears on their blog. On September 27th, OpenPlans and MAS hosted a symposium about NYC Community Boards and public engagement. The event included a presentation by Naama Lissar from OpenPlans, and a panel discussion exploring new ways for boards to engage their communities. Continue Reading>>