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Join Us Next Week: Charting the Road to Resilience–From the Ground Up


MAS and our partners will host the third event in our Road to Resilience series next week. Charting the Road to Resilience: From the Ground Up is a two-day convening, beginning with site visits on Friday, January 11 and continuing with a day-long conference on Saturday, January 12 at the New School. The goal of this free event is to share lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy and to cultivate ideas for how to become a more livable and resilient New York.

The event will include a number of visits to storm-damaged communities on Friday, January 11.  Hosted by neighborhood organizations, these site visits will provide an opportunity to see the effects of Sandy and to learn about the actions of people and organizations on the ground. Confirmed site visits include:

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National Leaders Discuss Waterfront Resilience Post Hurricane Sandy

Shaun Donovan

MAS and the Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE.) at Columbia University teamed up to host, New York City Sink or Swim: Principles and Priorities for Waterfront Restoration in a Post-Sandy Era on December 13. The half-day conference was held in Lower Manhattan, and brought together the leading experts in costal resilience from both New York City and the Netherlands to discuss and debate how the New York metropolitan region can recover from Hurricane Sandy.

Sink or Swim included keynotes from US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan and US Secretary of the Department of the Interior Ken Salazar. Secretary Donovan made a plea for a more thoughtful planning process that takes a critical look at how we rebuild smartly and strategically, while Secretary Salazar spoke to the importance of individuals being patient as the parks and historic sites in the New York Harbor begin to rebuild. The Dutch perspective came from Jos van Alphen, special advisor to the Netherlands’ Delta Commission, who provided the audience with an overview of strategies employed by the Dutch to secure their waterfront open spaces from risks associated with natural disasters.

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Vin Cipolla Op-Ed on Steps to Resilience

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MAS President Vin Cipolla discusses how to build a more resilient city in an op-ed published in Crain’s New York Business. Many of the points raised in Vin’s piece will be addressed 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 (registration is now closed).  And, on January 12th, MAS will continue the series with a special program, On the Road to Resilience: From the Ground Up. We have included Vin’s op-ed in its entirety below. Continue Reading>>

MAS Submits 17 Buildings to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for Evaluation

Pershing Square Building - terra cotta detail

The New York City Department of City Planning’s proposed East Midtown re-zoning has the potential to dramatically change the area and threaten the mix of old and new buildings that define the neighborhood as uniquely New York. In response to the City’s proposal, MAS is developing a holistic vision for the future of East Midtown that supports a vibrant mix of businesses, people, and of course, the buildings themselves – over a century’s worth of architecture. Historic preservation is a key component of this ongoing work.

Today, of the 587 building located in the City’s study area, 32 are designated as individual landmarks. In October, as part of our comments on the draft scope for the environmental review, MAS identified 29 sites of historic and architectural merit not currently protected by New York City landmark status. These buildings represent the development periods that define East Midtown, from pre-Grand Central to Terminal City to the post-war Modern Movement. They also represent a mix of materials, styles and uses that contribute to East Midtown’s visual diversity and sense of place.

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Register Now for Charting the Road to Resilience: From the Ground Up

Sandy cabs

MAS and our partners invite you to the second event in our Road to Resilience Series, Charting the Road to Resilience: From the Ground Up – Policy, Planning and Process on Saturday, January 12, 2013. The goal of this free event is to share lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy and to cultivate ideas for becoming a more livable and resilient New York. Join us on Saturday, January 12 for a series of hands-on workshops designed to foster an exchange of ideas and enable grassroots networking with a diverse group of stakeholders from across the region.

The event will include a series of a keynote panels and break-out discussions to facilitate peer-to-peer learning among community leaders, civic officials, innovative entrepreneurs, New York residents, and urban planning and design practitioners eager to spark a conversation about how to move forward from this devastating event – and prepare for the next one. Special guests will include resource people instrumental in the neighborhood-led recovery of New Orleans.

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