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Archive for April, 2013

Letter to Robert Tierney

East Midtown aerial looking SWIn a joint effort, MAS, the Landmarks Conservancy and Historic Districts Council sent a letter to Robert Tierney, Chairman  of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.  In response to the organizations’ lists of potential landmarks located within the city’s East Midtown rezoning area,  the Commission had identified buildings potentially worthy of landmark designation.  We asked that these historic buildings be calendared as quickly as possible. Continue Reading>>

What Can the American Folk Art Museum Teach Us?

“Modest” and “Midtown Manhattan” are rarely joined together.  Architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien used the term “modest” to describe their six-story American Folk Art Museum.  But with a façade of Tombasil, a white bronze alloy used architecturally for the first time, the building is truly unique, seemingly hand-hewed; there is no mistaking it for anything else. Acknowledging its distinctiveness and elegance, the building won a host of awards including our MAS Masterworks (2002) and honors from the American Institute of Architects.  While we understand the need for the Museum of Modern Art to expand, a happy problem to have stemming from its extraordinarily successful efforts to attract new audiences, we regret that it comes at this cost. Continue Reading>>

Commission Certifies City’s East Midtown Proposal

The NYC Planning Commission certified the City’s proposed zoning strategy meant to encourage the development of taller, more modern office buildings throughout a 78 block section of East Midtown. The certification launches the City’s formal landuse review process. Over the next 160 days affected Manhattan Community Boards, the Manhattan Borough President and the City Planning Commission will develop their position on the proposal, which will then head to City Council for a final vote. Continue Reading>>

Jury Announced for Pitching the City

MAS and Architizer are pleased to announce the jury that will help choose the next great idea for New York at Pitching the City on Friday, May 3rd at 7:00 PM.  Joining us will be: Nick Denton,; Pat Kiernan, NY1; Roy Kim, Extell; Nazli Parvizi, Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit; Christopher Sharples, SHoP Architects; Megan Sheekey, Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City; Yeohlee Teng, designer. Continue Reading>>

MAS Livable Neighborhoods Training: Register Today!

On Saturday, May 11, MAS will host the Spring 2013 Livable Neighborhoods Training. This year, Livable Neighborhoods is co-sponsored by the Pratt Institute’s Programs in Sustainable Planning and Development. The day-long workshop series will be held at Pratt Manhattan, located at 144 West 14th Street.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Click here to register for the event. Continue Reading>>

Pitching the City on Friday, May 3 at 7 PM

MAS is teaming up with Architizer to present a signature event of the New Museum’s Ideas City Festival on Friday, May 3rd at 7:00 PM.  Pitching the City will bring you five fresh ideas that use New York’s untapped capital—the theme of this year’s festival—in inventive ways.  The event takes place at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral at the corner of Mott and Prince Streets.  Registration is required. Continue Reading>>

MAS Testifies Before the New York City Planning Commission

MAS President Vin Cipolla joined dozens of civic organizations and concerned New Yorkers on April 10, 2013 at the City Planning Commission’s public hearing on the application for a special permit for Madison Square Garden to continue to operate an arena, in perpetuity, on the location it currently occupies, which sits atop Penn Station – the most important train station in the country. Continue Reading>>

MAS Celebrates 120 Years

This spring, MAS is celebrating our 120th anniversary.  On this occasion, we are proud of how far we have come since our founders set out to beautify our great city in 1893.  New York is a livable, vibrant, diverse and resilient city thanks to the efforts of thousands of urban advocates like you.  We at MAS are grateful for your partnership as we strive to preserve the best of New York’s cultural and architectural heritage, educate ever-broader groups of citizens and Continue Reading>>

Design Challenge for a New Penn Station and Madison Square Garden

The Municipal Art Society of New York today announced the launch of its Design Challenge for a New Penn Station and Madison Square Garden.  Four of New York’s most well-known and respected design firms will re-envision New York’s Penn Station – the busiest train station in North America – and Madison Square Garden. Continue Reading>>

Nominations Open for The Rockefeller Foundation’s Jane Jacobs Medal

The Rockefeller Foundation has announced that the public nominating process for the 2013 Jane Jacobs Medal—awarded to living individuals whose creative vision for the urban environment has significantly contributed to the vibrancy and variety of New York City—is now open.  All are invited to submit nominations at until April 30, 2013. Continue Reading>>

Positive Response from NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission

Last week, MAS received an official response from the Landmarks Preservation Commission about our Requests for Evaluation of 17 buildings within the East Midtown rezoning area. Of the 17, the agency believes that 12 “may merit designation and will be further considered in the context of the criteria for designation contained in the Landmarks Law and the Commission’s overall priorities for the city.” These buildings are: Continue Reading>>