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Special Initiative on Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR)


Long before Sandy’s impact, New York City faced serious social, economic, and environmental threats to its every day resilience. Sandy’s devastation exacerbated vulnerabilities and thrust tough questions about our future into the city spotlight. At the forefront of civic issues, MAS implemented a resilience agenda meant to engage residents and government officials in discussion around strengthening the city to future shocks and disasters. Similarly, Mayor Bloomberg aimed to answer these and other tough questions with the creation of his Special Initiative on Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) taskforce. This taskforce explored what happened during Sandy, what could happen in the future, and explored ways to protect the city from the effects of climate change. The taskforce’s findings are summarized in a 437 page report, dense with information about climate analysis, community specific recommendations, and resilience initiatives that busy New Yorkers may not have time to read so closely.

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New York’s Urban Landscapes

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Join MAS and the Museum of the City of New York on Tuesday, August 6 at 6:30 PM for New York’s Urban Landscapes: From Green-Wood Cemetery to the High Line.  For centuries, New Yorkers have yearned for fresh green landscapes and open spaces as a way to escape the city’s daily strain. In the 19th century, thousands sought relief, recreation, and repose in Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, which served as an inspiration for many public spaces, including Central Park and Prospect Park.

Join Francis Morrone, distinguished architectural historian and co-author of the new Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes (W. W. Norton, 2013), for an illustrated lecture about the development of New York’s green spaces, old and new, from Green-Wood to the High Line.

Co-sponsored by The Municipal Art Society of New York and The Green-Wood Historic Fund and presented in conjunction with A Beautiful Way to Go: New York’s Green-Wood Cemetery.


$6 Museum members; $8 seniors and students; $12 general public

For more information or to register by phone, please call 917-492-3395. Or purchase tickets online here and use code NYUL86 for a special rate!

A Tremendous Victory in the Campaign for a New Penn Station

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Yesterday, led by Speaker Christine Quinn, the New York City Council voted to limit Madison Square Garden’s permit to operate on top of Penn Station to just 10 more years.

MAS has been leading the charge on this incredibly important issue alongside the Regional Plan Association (RPA) and congratulates the City Council on its decisive vote. Building a new Penn Station and the next Madison Square Garden will not only improve the lives of the hundreds of thousands of people who use the station every day – it will revitalize the surrounding area and bring tremendous long-term economic value to the region.

A new Penn Station is the compelling infrastructure and development project of our era – now is the time to make it happen.

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Madison Square Garden Granted Limited 10-Year Permit by City Council

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The Alliance for a New Penn Stationlauds today’s vote by the New York City Council to grant Madison Square Garden a limited 10-year permit to operate in its current location above Penn Station.  Led by Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the City Council has made clear that now is time to get to work and build the Penn Station that New York City and the region desperately need in order to improve transit access and spur economic growth in the city and throughout the region.

As Speaker Quinn noted earlier this summer, significantly improving Penn Station while Madison Square Garden sits atop it has proven to be an intractable problem. Granting MSG a time-limited permit is crucial to creating a transit gateway worthy of New York and to sustaining Midtown’s economic vitality.

The Alliance also notes the early support of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who in March called on the city to grant Madison Square Garden a 10-year permit and create a comprehensive plan for economic development and transit in West Midtown. The City Planning Commission, led by Commissioner Amanda Burden, supported a restricted permit when Madison Square Garden requested a permit in perpetuity.

Join APOPS@MAS at Hester Nights August 15 6:30 PM

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Join The Municipal Art Society of New York on Thursday, August 15 at 6:30 PM at Hester Nights, in the Eventi Hotel Open Air Plaza 851 6th Avenue with entrances on both W. 29th and 30th Streets, for a special FREE screening of the 1980’s urban planning cult classic “The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces” a film by William H. Whyte, produced by MAS.

Bring your friends and enjoy the film along with plenty of food and drink available for purchase from local vendors.  This event is part of MAS’s ongoing work with Advocates for Privately Owned Public Space.

The screening will begin at 6:30 PM but the Hester Nights artisanal food market opens at 5:00 PM.

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