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Register Now for The Road Forward: Putting Resilience into Action

MAS would like to invite you to the next event in our Road to Resilience Series, The Road Forward: Putting Resilience into Action on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at The New School (66 West 12th Street at 6th Avenue) from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. This free event, following the release of the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) report in early June, will provide an opportunity for community leaders, innovative entrepreneurs, New York residents, and urban planning and design practitioners, to learn more about the recommendations outlined in the SIRR report, and discuss implementation, as well as additional strategies to ensure a resilient New York moving forward. Continue Reading>>

Spotlight on the Arts in Communities

Bronx Music Heritage Center Through Spotlight on the Arts in Communities, MAS will highlight the organizations and individuals making New York City a more livable city through arts and cultural work.  We invited the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) to contribute the inaugural post for this new series on the MAS blog. WHEDco has worked for twenty years to build a more beautiful, equitable and economically vibrant Bronx. Continue Reading>>

Alliance for a New Penn Station Commends Time-Limited Permit for Madison Square Garden, Warns of Loophole That Could Override City’s Recommendation

Below is today’s press statement from the Alliance for a New Penn Station: May 22, 2013 — The Alliance for a New Penn Station welcomes the decision by the City Planning Commission to grant Madison Square Garden a 15-year permit to occupy the arena’s current site, setting the stage for the eventual creation of both a world-class Penn Station and a world-class sports and entertainment arena. But we are deeply concerned that an apparent loophole in the commission’s recommendation could still allow Madison Square Garden to occupy its current site above the country’s busiest rail station in perpetuity. Continue Reading>>

Remembering Henry Hope Reed by Francis Morrone

Francis MorroneGuest blog post by Francis Morrone. 

Henry Hope Reed died on May 1, in his own bed, at the age of 97. His New York Times obituary appeared on May 3. In quoting me, the Times described me as Henry’s “friend and protégé,” and no description of me has ever pleased me as much. For without Henry I would probably not be doing what I do, and there was never a man I admired so much.

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Join MAS June 13 for Urbanists After Dark Party in Grand Central Terminal

Join us for the party of the century!  Following the presentation of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal to Dr. Judith Rodin, President, and David Rockefeller, Jr., Board Chair, The Rockefeller Foundation, the MAS Urbanists will host the third annual After Dark Party in Grand Central Terminal.  The party takes place Thursday, June 13 at 9:00 PM and tickets are on sale now.  The fundraiser will support MAS’s mission to make New York a more livable and resilient city for all.  All are welcome to attend. Continue Reading>>

Design Challenge for a New Penn Station and the Next Madison Square Garden

MAS asked four of New York’s most well-known and respected design firms to re-envision New York’s Penn Station – the busiest train station in North America – and Madison Square Garden.  Be there when they reveal their designs LIVE for the first time Wednesday, May 29 at 9:00 AM.  This event is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.  Advance tickets are required and can be purchased online. Continue Reading>>

Global Urban Resilience

Hurricane Sandy streetOver the next several weeks MAS will be participating in a number of international convenings, focusing on urban resilience and livability. On May 16, MAS Managing Director Mary Rowe will be part of CityAge conference in Toronto titled The Modern Metropolis, and will discuss MAS’s experience building a global network of urban resilience practitioners to share granular approaches that improve the livability and resilience of local neighborhoods. Continue Reading>>

Creating Networks of Community Builders

lnp classroom training students watchingThis past Saturday May 11, 2013, MAS held its biannual Livable Neighborhoods Training.  Community board members, grassroots organizers, and concerned citizens gathered at Pratt Manhattan to learn the knowledge, skills, and tools to implement community plans in their neighborhoods.  Instructors included city officials, non-profit leaders, academics and experienced community activists. Continue Reading>>

MAS Continues to Advocate for Better Midtown

East MidtownAt the first Multi-Board Community Task Force public hearing held this week for the City’s proposed East Midtown Rezoning, City Planning Commission Chair Amanda Burden announced that the City will hire consultants Jonathan Rose Company, Gehl Architects and Skanska to create an East Midtown Public Realm Vision Plan, which will include a public visioning process meant to coincide with the City’s rezoning proposal. Continue Reading>>

Building Resilience in New York City’s Neighborhoods

The Municipal Art Society of New York recently participated in a series of community workshops convened by the Mayor’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR). Held in 11 of New York City’s neighborhoods impacted by Superstorm Sandy, MAS recruited over 150 facilitators to lead working table discussions at the workshops and collect feedback from the communities.  Continue Reading>>

Deadline Extended for the Yolanda Garcia Community Planner Award

yolanda garcia bronx street signThere’s still time to nominate an exceptional 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-driven approach to effect change? MAS and We Stay/Nos Quedamos are now accepting nominations for the 2013 Yolanda Garcia Community Continue Reading>>