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Speakers Announced for MAS Summit for NYC


With over 100 speakers making up over 40 panels, keynotes and smart talks, this year’s MAS Summit for NYC lives up to it’s theme: Innovation and Leadership.  Tickets are on sale now for the agenda-setting event of the season.  Last year over 1,100 attendees attended the sold-out event that will once again take place in the iconic Jazz at Lincoln Center. Speakers include:

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Headed to the U.S. Open?

Rocket Thrower 2013

Headed to the U.S. Open?  Here’s something spectacular to see in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.  Exit the National Tennis Stadium, head toward the Unisphere, walk East along the Fountain of the Fairs, and see the splendidly restored sculpture of the Rocket Thrower by Donald De Lue, commissioned for the 1964 World’s Fair. The conservation, performed by Steve Tatti, was completed August 16, 2013 for the MAS Adopt-A-Monument program.

The Best Theater in Town is on Our Street Corners


On August 15th, MAS hosted an at-capacity crowd for an indoor-outdoor screening of William “Holly” Whyte’s planning classic “The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces“.  A perfect summer evening and tremendous showing of MAS members, friends and family, heightened demand for a double-header screening of the film, with a simulcast at the Brighton indoor theater and outdoors in the open-air plaza, and showings at both 6:30pm and 8:00pm.

MAS tour guide, architectural historian and author, Francis Morrone delivered the introductory remarks to the film.  The evening was hosted in collaboration with Hester Street Nights, an outdoor night market with curated food stalls every Thursday evening at the Eventi Plaza, a privately-owned open-air through-block plaza on Sixth Avenue between 29th and 30th Streets.  We couldn’t ask for a more perfect setup to highlight MAS’s ongoing advocacy work to activate, improve and catalogue New York City’s inventory of Privately Owned Public Spaces, all featured on our newly launched highly-interactive website,

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General Henry Warner Slocum in Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza


The dashing figure of the Civil War hero, General Henry Warner Slocum (1905) by Frederick MacMonnies, stands on a prancing charger grandly gesturing to his troops in the tradition of equestrian military portraits. The stylish piece with its textured surfaces evokes the Beaux-Arts style. Its sense of grandeur is heightened by the elevated site at Plaza Street East and Grand Army Plaza. Prior to 1989 and its restoration under the Adopt-A-Monument program, the statue’s fate had been compromised. Victimized not only by the corrosive atmosphere but also vandals, the General’s sword was missing along with four large circular medallions on its base. Graffiti disfigured the base. All of this was replaced and the General looked splendid.

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Rebuild by Design


The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) announced it is a lead partner on the federal Rebuild by Design competition which brings together the best minds in design, architecture, engineering and other fields from across the world to address the resiliency challenges of local communities in the Tri-State area.  Launched by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task force and with lead funding by The Rockefeller Foundation, Continue Reading>>