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Special Initiative on Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR)

introductiondigestdraft-01Long 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 Continue Reading>>

New York’s Urban Landscapes

francis morrone tour-guide-new-york-cityJoin 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, Continue Reading>>

A Tremendous Victory in the Campaign for a New Penn Station

H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture_9009599996_lYesterday, 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.  Continue Reading>>

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

msg moynihan-new-penn-station-madison-square-garden-wideThe Alliance for a New Penn Station lauds 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. Continue Reading>>

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

POPS_event2 nighttime shotJoin 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. Continue Reading>>

MAS’s Resilience Agenda

pier damageResilience is a crucial attribute that allows thriving cities to quickly adapt to change and capitalize on opportunities. Building upon the social, economic and environmental capacity of our neighborhoods is critical to ensuring the future resilience of our communities, the City and the region. The work of the Municipal Art Society is to create various forms of ‘connective tissue’ amongst city agencies, community members, and resilience practitioners, to develop a network of resilience builders throughout the city, creating a web – a safety net – to equip us to adapt to future challenges of all kinds. Continue Reading>>

Rocket Thrower

mms_pictureThe Promethean figure of Rocket Thrower by the sculptor Donald De Lue, a vestige of the 1964 New York’s World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, is undergoing long-awaited conservation this summer through the MAS’s Adopt-A-Monument program.  Initiated by the MAS 26 years ago, with its partners at the NYC Parks Department and the NYC Public Design Commission, Continue Reading>>

Unlocking Penn’s Potential

MAS Report_Unlocking Penn PotentialCity Council Speaker Christine Quinn recently announced her support for a 10-year limit to Madison Square Garden’s Special Use Permit to operate above Penn Station, rejecting the Garden’s request to operate in perpetuity on top of the county’s busiest train station.  The Municipal Art Society (MAS), with the Regional Plan Association and its other partners in the Alliance for a New Penn Station, applaud Speaker Quinn’s leadership on this issue.  Continue Reading>>

Call for Proposals: Promoting Resilience of the Region through Innovative Planning and Design

SandyWave_slider3The federal Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force recently launched a new challenge for our region: Rebuild by Design.  Requesting qualifications from diverse, multi-stakeholder teams, the Rebuild By Design competition is intended to inspire innovative planning and design approaches to building resilience in the Sandy-impacted region.  Pioneering in its approach, selected teams will Continue Reading>>