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Archive for January, 2013

Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark

GUEST POST: Anthony W. Robins is an historian, writer and lecturer who has led MAS tours for several decades. He teaches the research skills used in writing his new book in an annual MAS seminar, being offered this year in April.  To anybody who’s worked in or cared about the historic preservation movement in New York, the very name “Grand Central Terminal” has enormous significance, because it conjures the 1978 Supreme Court decision that put preservation on a solid legal footing. By chance, I started working at the New York Landmarks Commission in January of 1979, just a few months after the Court had handed down the decision.  Kent Barwick, who had guided the effort at the Municipal Art Society, had just moved over to be the LPC’s new chairman. The general feeling was that historic preservation had passed a critical test – now it was legitimate, accepted, constitutional.  The name “Grand Central” became a kind of shorthand for not just a major victory, but an entirely changed environment. Continue Reading>>

Join us February 26 for Building a Resilient and Livable New York

NYCPlease join The Municipal Art Society of New York on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at the CUNY Graduate Center, located at 365 Fifth Avenue at East 34th Street in Manhattan, for a half-day convening on Building a Resilient and Livable New York.  The day will begin at 4:00 PM and go until 8:00 pm.  We hope you will join us for all or part of the event.  Continue Reading>>

MAS Comments on Proposed Changes to New York Public Library Schwarzman Building

The New York Public Library Schwarzman Building on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street is one of the most important and beloved landmarks in the city. Designed by architects Carrere & Hastings and opened to the public in 1911, the Library was designated an individual New York City Landmark in 1967. Any changes to the exterior of the building must be approved by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). Continue Reading>>

A Plan for the Urban Resilience of New York City and Its Neighborhoods

Road to ResilienceSince the prescient events of Superstorm Sandy, which swept across the northeast coast of the United States in late October, 2012, the Municipal Art Society of New York has pulled together a number of convenings with coastal experts, local community leaders, and diverse stakeholders to discuss the lessons from this recent experience and to develop some key resilience principles going forward. For the third event in the series, MAS hosted Charting the Road to Resilience: From the Ground Up on Saturday, January 12. Continue Reading>>

Agenda Announced for Charting the Road to Resilience

Sandy StreetOnline registration is now CLOSED.  On-site registration is available starting at 8:30 am on Saturday, January 12 at The New School, 66 W. 12th Street or watch live here. On Saturday, January 12, MAS is convening, with more than eighty partners, a free, day-long, community-rich program to look at the challenges – and opportunities – of building a more resilient New York City from the ground up. Hosted at The New School, the day includes plenary discussions to give us the hard facts about the impacts of the storm commonly known as Superstorm Sandy, and then twenty working sessions pulled together by our partners Continue Reading>>

MAS Remembers a Great Friend

Ada Louise Huxtable This week marks the passing of Ada Louise Huxtable, one of New York City’s most eloquent voices in the field of architecture and urban planning. An obituary that ran Monday in The New York Times details the accomplishments and highlights of her 91 years. Current architecture critic Michael Kimmelman followed with an homage to his predecessor. Ada Louise Huxtable was born and raised in New York City, and in 1963 became the first architecture critic at The New York Times Continue Reading>>