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Speakers Announced for MAS Summit for NYC

Summit150With 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: Continue Reading>>

Headed to the U.S. Open?

Rocket Thrower 2013Headed 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

POPSOn 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. Continue Reading>>

General Henry Warner Slocum in Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza

2013-08-05_10-40-25_889The 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 Continue Reading>>

Rebuild by Design

RBDThe 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>>

Rethinking Midtown East Redevelopment

E.Midtown_after_rezoningThe Department of City Planning’s East Midtown rezoning proposal, which would encourage the development of some of the largest buildings in NYC in a neighborhood already dealing with severe transit challenges and congested streets, is seeing some much needed change. Over the last year, MAS has been joined by area stakeholders, preservation groups, Dean of Yale’s Architecture School Robert A.M. Stern, Continue Reading>>

SIRR Report: Climate Analysis

climate_analysisFinalThis post is part of an ongoing series of infographic summaries to distill the key points of the SIRR report. The report’s second chapter on Climate Analysis forecasts rising sea levels coupled with hotter days, among other intense projections. Although the report cautions there is range of uncertainty for these projections, New York City will become increasingly vulnerable to the threats that climate change brings. Continue Reading>>