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Accepting Nominations For 2013 MASterworks

The Municipal Art Society is now accepting nominations for our annual MASterworks Awards. Each year, MAS honors the design teams behind the year’s top building projects in New York City. The awards are presented to projects that not only exemplify excellence in architecture and urban design, but that also make a significant contribution to New York’s built environment and urban livability.

Last year’s winners included New York by Gehry at 8 Spruce Street (Gehry & Partners for Forest City Ratner) for the top honor, Best New Building. Best Restoration went to New York City Center (Ennead Architects). Best Neighborhood Catalyst awards were given to the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College (Cooper, Robertson & Partners) and the Queens Central Library: Children’s Library Discovery Center (1100 Architect), with an honorable mention going to El Museo Del Barrio (Gruzen Samton). A new category, Best New Urban Amenity, was created for Ateliers Jean Nouvel’s Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Continue Reading>>

Municipal Art Society Applauds Manhattan Borough President

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer took a stand today and recognized what the New Penn Station Alliance led by the Municipal Art Society (MAS) and Regional Plan Association (RPA) have already stated – New York City needs a new Penn Station.  In order for that to happen the Borough President recommended – as did the New Penn Station Alliance – that the MSG special permit to operate an arena on top of Penn Station be limited to a 10-year term.


This 10-year period gives New York the time to develop a real and workable plan to move the Garden and build a world-class train station.  Madison Square Garden has already had four incarnations in New York City and it’s time for a fifth.

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Nominate a community planner for the Yolanda Garcia Community Planner Award

Nominate a community planner for the 2013 Yolanda Garcia Community Planner Award.  Do know someone who has worked on a place-based community plan?  Is self-taught? Uses an inclusive, community-drive approach to effect change?

MAS with partner We Stay/Nos Quedamos is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Yolanda Garcia Community Planner Award. This award, which acknowledges the hard-working leaders of grassroots, community-based, participatory planning, was created to commemorate Yolanda Garcia, an extraordinary community activist in the South Bronx. Under Ms. Garcia’s leadership, the residents of Melrose challenged the city, created an alternative to an urban renewal plan, and transformed a neighborhood. The organization created by Ms. Garcia, We Stay/Nos Quedamos, is bringing that community’s vision to life through sustainable planning, design, construction, and programming.

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Arts Forum Recap: Building Resilience through the Arts

It was a standing-room-only crowd for last week’s “Arts Forum: Building Resilience through the Arts.”  The engaging conversation, hosted in collaboration with the World Policy Institute at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO, was moderated by the New Museum’s Director of Special Projects and Curator at Large Richard Flood.

The panel featured Kemi Ilesanmi, executive director of The Laundromat Project; Lisa Kim, director of cultural affairs for Two Trees Management Company; Artist and The Intercourse founder Dustin Yellin; and Martin Rosengaard, co-founder of

While the first session in the 2013 Arts Forum series focused on the cultural community’s response to superstorm Sandy, this discussion centered on the meaning of resilience to the arts community—from growing networks, to deepening economic sustainability, to strengthening communities—and  the important role artists and the arts play in creating resilient, livable, vibrant communities.

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MAS Action Alert: Penn Station

Today marks the 120th anniversary of the Municipal Art Society. Throughout our proud history, we have been a leader in shaping the world-class city that New York is today – from saving Grand Central Terminal to advocating for a plan for East Midtown which truly serves the public interest to charting a course for a more resilient city in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Today, we are facing another transformative moment in our city’s history. As you read this, the owners of Madison Square Garden are applying for a permit to operate the arena on its current site – above Penn Station – in perpetuity. New York City deserves a world-class train station and truly dynamic arena, but if we approve MSG’s special permit, we will have neither.

Penn Station is North America’s busiest train station, operating at three times the capacity for which it was built. It is anything but a grand entrance to New York’s vibrant hub of commerce and culture for the city’s commuters and visitors.

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