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Archive for February, 2013

Municipal Art Society Releases Framework for a Better Midtown

“The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) today announced the release of its report on the future of East Midtown, available for free download. The MAS report, “East Midtown: A Bold Vision for the Future,” provides a plan for how to develop a stronger and more vibrant neighborhood in response to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s preliminary proposal for major zoning changes, announced last summer, to spur the modernization of East Midtown. While MAS applauds the administration for considering the future needs of this iconic area, MAS fears that in the absence of a careful and comprehensive vision, the City’s proposal will fall short. Continue Reading>>

A Bold Vision for East Midtown

Join hundreds of New Yorkers Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at the CUNY Graduate Center, located at 365 Fifth Avenue at East 34th Street, for an event in three parts.  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.  Register here to attend. 4:00 PM A Bold Vision for East Midtown Join us for the highly anticipated release of the MAS Report on East Midtown.  Be the first to hear our recommendations and research results.  An esteemed panel of speakers will then join us to discuss.  Continue Reading>>

Be a Jane’s Walk Host May 4 and 5

The Municipal Art Society is thrilled to announce the dates for our third annual Jane’s Walk NYC, to be held Saturday and Sunday, May 4th and 5th.  Just as Jane Jacobs urged residents to become advocates for their communities, MAS is excited for you to become the “eyes on the street” and lead a walk or bike tour of an area of the city, on a subject that you’re passionate about.  Submit your walk today. Continue Reading>>

Putting Public Space in its Place

Announcing “Putting Public Space in its Place,” a Harvard Conference on Public Space, March 7 and 8, 2013. In a digital age, people will reflect upon 2011 as the year in which physical public space reclaimed its lofty status in the public sphere. From Tahrir Square to Zuccotti Park, physical public space reminded us of its multiple ambitions and capabilities for accommodating consequential political activities as well as everyday leisurely pursuits. Continue Reading>>

Louis Kahn Receives 25th Brendan Gill Prize

Esteemed architect Louis Kahn will receive, posthumously, the Municipal Art Society’s 25th Brendan Gill Prize in recognition of his magnificent conception and design of FDR Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island.

FDR Four Freedoms Park, designed by Kahn in 1974, the year of his death, was opened in October 2012. The park was realized with the help of Ambassador William J. vanden Heuvel, Chairman of the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy, whose dedication guided the project for three decades and who raised the funds to construct the memorial and to endow its stewardship for years to come; Architect and Executive Director Gina Pollara who passionately understood Kahn’s vision and supervised construction; and Sally Minard, President of Four Freedoms Park Conservancy, which will ensure the maintenance of this great public space. Continue Reading>>