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Archive for February, 2014

The History of Penn Station Highlighted in New PBS Documentary

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On February 18th, PBS will premiere The Rise and Fall of Penn Station, part of the American Experience series. The documentary presents an engrossing look at the monumental feats of engineering 100 years ago that led to the construction of the tunnels, tracks and station house that made up the original Penn Station.  Tonight, the Museum of the City of New York is hosting a special screening of the film with filmmaker Randall MacLowry; executive producer Mark Samels; Lorraine Diehl, author of The Late, Great Pennsylvania Station; and historian Jill Jonnes, author of Conquering Gotham. Click through to watch a preview.

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MAS Submits Testimony to Landmarks Preservation Commission on the Church of St. Luke-in-the-Fields’ Development Proposal in the Greenwich Village Historic District

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On February 4, 2014, the Church of St. Luke-in-the-Fields presented two development proposals for their complex within the Greenwich Village Historic District before the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. The first proposal was for a new 15-story residential building at 100 Barrow Street designed by Barry Rice Architects. The second proposal was for a 2-story rooftop and rear addition to an existing school building at 657 Greenwich Street designed by Andrew Bartle Architects. MAS submitted testimony regarding the appropriateness of these proposals.

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Mayor De Blasio Appoints Vicki Been as Commissioner of the City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development


MAS is very pleased to congratulate Vicki Been – the new Commissioner of the City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Vicki is one of the country’s leading experts on affordable housing and the creation of mixed-income, healthy neighborhoods. Her co-leadership of NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy established it as a leading urban policy center in the country.

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Mayor De Blasio Appoints Carl Weisbrod as the Chair of City Planning Commision


MAS is delighted Mayor de Blasio has appointed Carl Weisbrod as Chair of the City Planning Commission who is not only a leading voice on some of the most pressing housing and planning challenges New York City faces, but also a great friend of MAS.  We look forward to working together very closely on the issues that are so key to the future of New York City–Penn Station and East Midtown among them–and congratulate the administration on this great choice.

A Conversation on MoMA’S Plan for Expansion Video Now Online

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On the freezing evening of Tuesday, January 28th, the audience packed the New York Society for Ethical Culture’s auditorium to hear a presentation and discussion of the recently announced westward expansion plan of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Co-hosted by the Architectural League of New York, the Municipal Art Society, and the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, the discussion was nuanced and lively. You can view video from the program on our YouTube page here.

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