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Archive for December, 2014

Happy New Year from MAS

MAS in 2014
Happy New Year from MAS!
Thanks to our members and friends, we’re ending 2014 with an incredible string of successes for MAS. We advocated with residents across our city’s neighborhoods to keep New York vibrant and resilient. We continued to lead the campaign for a new Penn Station and the next Madison Square Garden. We offered more tours than ever before—across all five boroughs—and welcomed thousands of New Yorkers to our classes and public events throughout the year! Next year, we will continue to promote New York’s economic and cultural vitality. Your support will help us preserve the character and authenticity that makes New York great, as we press for growth that is balanced and community-focused. Thank you for being there with us. Make a year-end gift to MAS »»

Thank You to our Grand Central Docents!

Docent Appreciation DinnerThis week, we had the honor of hosting a celebratory dinner thanking our MAS docents, who volunteer their time year-round leading tours of Grand Central Terminal for visitors and New Yorkers alike. Since we launched the program two years ago during Grand Central’s Centennial year of operation, four docent classes have completed a rigorous, 5-week course in the history of New York City, and brought their own research, insights, enthusiasm, and personality to nearly 16,000 tour-takers on more than one thousand tours. Their dedication to MAS and urban literacy is an inspiration to all of us. This week, we celebrated the docents’ years of service at a very fitting place – a restaurant themed after a famous train. We hope you’ll join them on a tour soon – and discover the many secrets of Grand Central. See more: About the docents | Photos from a recent tour & the docents’ celebration | All MAS tours

Landmarks Preservation Commission Withdraws Proposal to De-calendar 96 Items

MAS applauds the Landmark Preservation Commission’s (LPC) decision to withdraw a proposal to de-calendar 96 potential landmarks. We look forward to working with LPC on a solution to the urgent backlog of landmarks under consideration. Read MAS’s letter in response to the now-tabled proposal (PDF) »» Learn more in the New York Times »»