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Archive for November, 2012

Make Your Gift to Ensure a More Livable and Resilient New York

The extraordinary events of the last few weeks in New York City and along the New Jersey and Connecticut coasts have reminded us all of the critical importance of land use, planning and urban design that protects and enhances our city and its neighborhoods.  We are thankful to our fellow New Yorkers—and all those who contribute to and are inspired by this great city’s dynamism—for their strength, resourcefulness, and resilience. Continue Reading>>

Post-Sandy, What Have We Learned?

Throughout New York City, Hurricane Sandy dramatically transformed the landscape and destroyed neighborhoods.  Its impact on the way that we think about our city has yet to be determined, but two projects that were proposed before the storm may serve as useful weathervanes. The first project is a proposal to develop approximately 700 units of housing along the Gowanus Canal, Continue Reading>>

MAS Announces a New Series: The Road to Resilience

MAS is continuing our work on building a resilient and livable city with the announcement of two, free programs in our new series, The Road to Resilience. On December 13th, in partnership with the Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE.) at Columbia University, MAS presents Sink or Swim: Principles and Priorities for Waterfront Restoration in a Post-Sandy Era. This program will define principles and identify priorities for long-term investments in infrastructure necessary to adapt to the increased risks posed by sea level rise and other climate change impacts in the New York metropolitan area. Continue Reading>>

The Adopt-A-Monument Maintenance Program at Work

Adopt A MonumentThe MAS Adopt-A-Monument and Mural programs preserve the extraordinary legacy of public art that MAS helped initiate at the turn of the 20th century.  Over three million dollars have been raised to support fifty-one restorations in all five boroughs since the inception of these programs in 1987 and 1991, respectively.  Through endowed maintenance funds, MAS maintains stewardship of these historic works of art.  A long-range plan has been established Continue Reading>>

Join Us at the Annual Friends of the Arts Party

Tickets are now available for the annual Friends of the Arts Party, presented by the MAS Urbanists.  The event will be on Thursday, December 13 at Sotheby’s during the preview of the Important 20th Century Design auction.  This year’s theme is champagne and confections. As committed urban advocates, we all recognize that arts and culture play a vital role in making New York City a vibrant, dynamic, inspiring place, at the forefront of design and innovation. Continue Reading>>

MAS Submits Comments on East Midtown Environmental Review

The public review of the proposed East Midtown re-zoning began last month with a scoping hearing for the environmental review.  The purpose of this hearing is for the Department of City Planning (DCP) to gather input on the issues that need to be carefully studied in the environmental impact statement. DCP’s website has a comprehensive description of the environmental review process. Continue Reading>>

Call for Nominations: 2012 Gill Prize

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Curbside Haiku by 2011 Gill Prize Winner John Morse

We invite MAS members and friends to submit nominations for the 24th annual Brendan Gill Prize. The Gill Prize, endowed to permit a cash award, is given each year to the creator of a specific work, a book, essay, musical composition, play, painting, sculpture, architectural design, film or choreographic piece that best captures the spirit and energy of New York City. Whether the nominated individual or group is well known or just emerging, the goal of the Gill Prize is to draw attention to the varieties of artistic experience that enrich our contemporary life.  Continue Reading>>

Reframing Resilience, with a Livability Lens

As New York City and its hinterland, which includes parts of the states of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, continue to emerge from the worst of three, hundred-year storms to hit this region in three years, could the challenges of creating resilient communities be any more prescient? This week MAS is convening a meeting with urban practitioners from a range of sectors including architecture, planning, local government, industry, environment and the arts, to discuss Continue Reading>>

Hurricane Relief Efforts: How You Can Help

As our city recovers from Hurricane Sandy, there are still many people in need of help. Mayor Bloomberg has established a Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. Contributions can be made online at; by mail to: Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, 253 Broadway, 8th Floor, NYC 10007 (note on check “Relief Fund”); or by phone at 212-788-7794. The New York Observer has put together a useful list of additional ways to aid the relief effort. Continue Reading>>

A Message from Our President

To All of Our Friends: The last several days have been an extremely challenging time for many, many New Yorkers and people all across the region. Our thoughts and prayers are with our neighbors across the city and all those affected by the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy. These events have underscored the extraordinary imperative of building a resilient city — one with social and economic resilience, and one of comprehensive environmental resilience. Continue Reading>>