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Archive for June, 2013

On the Beat: Geography of Modern Art

In this weekly blog series, MAS Intern and Eugene Lang College student Michaela Weitzer reports back on her adventures on MAS tours. We hope you will also share your tour experiences with us on our Facebook page, Twitter. GOMA 1Popular tour guide Francis Morrone welcomes the group to his “Geography of Modern Art” tour with his enthusiastic and knowledgeable spirit as we stand huddled under the beautiful and iconic arch of Washington Square Park. Beginning the tour under the arch on the northern end of Washington Square Park perfectly highlights the theme of Continue Reading>>

Coordinating Resilience Efforts for New York City

Road Forward Toward ResilienceBuilding the resilience of New York City requires ongoing collaboration between stakeholders and a collective culture shift towards preparation and education. The Municipal Art Society of New York’s ongoing resilience programs seek to accomplish these goals by creating mechanisms for coordination and building the Continue Reading>>

First Avenue Estate Hardship Case

CitySub-Banner-2Since 2012, advocates have been fighting the hardship application filed on behalf of two landmarked buildings, part of the designated City and Continue Reading>>

Special Members-Only Events with Francis Morrone

francis morrone tour-guide-new-york-cityAs MAS reflects on the legacy of architecture critic and the Municipal Art Society’s very first tour guide Henry Hope Reed, we are proud to announce two summer events honoring his legacy.  On Wednesday, July 10, Urbanist members (early and mid-career New Yorkers) can join architectural historian and MAS guide Francis Morrone on an after-work walking tour of the Brooklyn Waterfront. Continue Reading>>

Mapping the MAS Intern Landscape

InternLandscapeGuest post by Jarrett Ley, MAS Intern

Every season brings new interns and this summer is robust at MAS. We’ve been setting up shop all around the office, filling in work-spaces and learning the ways of MAS. Moving from south to north, I’ve mapped out the MAS intern-landscape. Continue Reading>>

MAS Honors Dr. Judith Rodin and David Rockefeller, Jr.

mas-medal-140-grayThe 2013 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal honored Dr. Judith Rodin, President, and David Rockefeller, Jr., Board Chair, The Rockefeller Foundation, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of its founding, for its outstanding contributions to New York City, and in recognition of its steadfast support of global and local innovations that address environmental, health, economic and urban challenges. Continue Reading>>

MAS Urbanists After Dark Party

Dr. Judith Rodin, president, and David Rockefeller Jr., board chair, The Rockefeller Foundation, are each awarded the 2013 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal by the Municipal Art Society of New York City on the Foundation's 100th anniversary during a gala cOn Thursday, June 13, over 350 urban champions toasted New York City and Grand Central at the 3rd annual MAS After Dark Party, hosted by the MAS Urbanists.  The evening kicked off with a red carpet fashion show and the sharp outfits matched the stars shining overhead in the terminal’s famously beautiful ceiling!  Held high above the main concourse in Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse, guests danced to DJ Fred Beebe’s awesome set Continue Reading>>

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn Announces Support

Alliance for a New Penn Station_9008759698_lThe Municipal Art Society is thrilled to report that City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has announced her support for a 10-year limit to Madison Square Garden’s special permit to operate above Penn Station. This announcement is a huge victory signaling that the city is ready to take the leadership necessary to relocate the arena and begin the process of building a New Penn Station and the next Madison Square Garden. Continue Reading>>

Now is the Time for a New Penn Station

Alliance for a New Penn Station_9007584495_lAt our sold-out event on May 29, we brought together four of New York’s leading architecture firms to imagine a New Penn Station and the Next Madison Square Garden. There are many who don’t think NYC can build a new Penn Station and Madison Square Garden, but given the talent and dedication of New Yorkers, we know we can. As MAS President Vin Cipolla says in the video, we need your help. Continue Reading>>

Road Forward Towards a Resilient and Livable New York

SandyWave_slider3On Tuesday June 11, 2013 the Mayor’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) released their report outlining recommendations for resiliency efforts for New York City’s infrastructure, built environment, energy sector, communities, healthcare and hospitals.  Mayor Bloomberg presented the report at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Tuesday, outlining 250 key recommendations to be considered as spending priorities for the federal government’s Continue Reading>>

MAS Unveils Designs for a New Penn Station and the Next MSG

On May 29th four of New York’s most well-known and respected design firms, Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Josh Sirefman, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, SHoP Architects and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) presented their visions for the future of Penn Station, North America’s busiest train station, and Madison Square Garden—the city’s longest standing arena. View video from the design challenge here. Continue Reading>>

Calling All Entrepreneurs

BrownsvilleLast month, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) released its Vacant Lot Temporary Activation request for proposals (RFP) for consultants to design and operate temporary developments in Brownsville and East New York. Fifteen City-owned sites are available for sublease under this program for uses as diverse as pop-up retail, food trucks, agriculture, innovation labs, community clinics and light manufacturing. Continue Reading>>