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MAS Docent Education Program

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The Municipal Art Society is proud to accept applications for the 2014 Docent Education Program held in the Greenacre Reference Library at 111 W. 57th Street. This free program offers interested volunteers the opportunity to become an official MAS docent, leading the MTA/Metro-North and MAS tour of Grand Central Terminal, one New York City’s most beloved landmark buildings.


Apply today for this five-session course incorporating expert speakers, essential readings, research, and hands-on experience preparing each docent to develop and lead his or her own unique tour. Interested applicants for this exciting program must be available to attend each training session offered on Saturdays November 2nd, November 9th, November 16th, November 23rd and November 30th.  No prior tour guide experience is required and we encourage New Yorkers from all walks of life to apply.

The program is comparable to a graduate level introduction to the history of New York City. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, be comfortable in front of an audience and have an unquenchable thirst for all things New York City. Certified MAS docents must lead at least 2 tours a month. There is no charge for the course, however trainees are responsible for purchasing the necessary reading material (approx. cost: $30).

Curious about the program and want to see our docents in action? Click here to buy a ticket for a tour of the terminal! Click here to learn more about MAS’s history with Grand Central Terminal.

Please note that we receive many applications and may not interview all candidates.

Five East Midtown Buildings Nearing Landmarks Designation


Today, the Landmarks Preservation Commission reviewed five East Midtown Buildings for landmark consideration. Four of the five buildings were on the list of 17 buildings MAS asked the Commission to evaluate late last year. Ensuring these buildings are protected is essential to maintaining the diversity of architectural styles that help define this neighborhood, giving it its unique character.

The buildings up for landmark consideration include:

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A Year of Progress

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Earlier this month, we wrote with details about two timely campaigns that the Municipal Art Society launched to address pressing livability challenges in New York City:  our rapid response to Superstorm Sandy and our campaign for a new Penn Station.  As the end of our fiscal year approaches on September 30th, MAS is also extremely proud to look back on a year of progress we have made advancing work of longstanding importance to the city. 

Historic Preservation:  During the centennial year of one of New York City’s most cherished icons — Grand Central Terminal — MAS has been advocating for the preservation of landmarks in the East Midtown district.  From the Graybar Building to the Union Carbide Building — and 15 others, many of which are presumed by many to be landmarks, but are not! — MAS has campaigned to protect these enduring examples of some of the finest architecture in our great city.

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Join Rebuild by Design at Community Meetings


Rebuild by Design will be hosting public meetings in four communities around the region during its Stage II Research and Analysis phase. Rebuild by Design, an initiative of President Obama’s Hurricane San­dy Rebuilding Task Force and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, aims to identify the unique structural and environmental vulnerabilities Hurricane Sandy exposed in com­munities throughout the region, and to develop fundable solutions to protect residents against future climate-related events.

Ten international design teams were chosen in Stage I of the process and throughout Stage II’s Research and Analysis phase will be gathering information about Sandy’s impacts and the recovery processes underway, in order to develop resilient design solutions.  The public meetings will provide an initial opportunity for Sandy-impacted residents and community leaders to share their experiences from Sandy and their priorities for rebuilding with Design Team members.

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Your Voice for a Livable, Resilient New York

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The Municipal Art Society is a vocal and tireless advocate — your advocate — for a more livable, resilient New York.  For 120 years, we have responded swiftly to the challenges facing our great city and seized countless opportunities to enhance the vitality of New York.  With two campaigns in just the last 10 months — the rapid response to Superstorm Sandy and the campaign for a new Penn Station — MAS sprang quickly into action to ensure the continued success and safety of our city and confronted serious threats to the livability and resilience of New York.

In October 2012, when Superstorm Sandy devastated communities across New York City and the region, MAS took immediate, decisive steps to ensure that local residents — those who know their neighborhoods best — were actively involved in the planning discussions with officials leading the recovery and rebuilding process.  MAS is the only organization with city, state and federal relationships and the local, neighborhood connections to lead these conversations, and our efforts drew the participation of hundreds of local partners and thousands of community members.  MAS has established itself as the lead champion of all New Yorkers, whose knowledge and priorities are now driving the rebuilding of neighborhoods across the city.

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