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Archive for January, 2016

Eyes on the City: What We’re Reading

Pour yourself an extra strong cup of coffee for this weekend’s reading, as a lot has happened over the past few days!

Of course the big news inside MAS this week is the announcement that Gina Pollara will

  • join us as our new MAS President.
  • “We are deeply pleased to name Gina Pollara our next President after a long and thorough hunt for a suitable leader,” said MAS Chairman Frederick Iseman. “She is dynamic, our issues run through her veins, she is respected throughout the city as a doer, an entrepreneur, and as a force for the improvement of civic life.”

    And the rest:


    Your Invitation to Visit Gracie Mansion

    MAS is happy to share the news that the recently restored Gracie Mansion is once offering tours to the public. We invite all members of the MAS community to check out a new series of free tours offered on Tuesdays at 10am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm. Don’t forget to register!

    Gracie-Mansion-in-winter

    Background on Gracie Mansion

    In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the contemporary City limits. More than two centuries later it stands overlooking the Hell Gate rapids and the Robert F. Kennedy Triborough Bridge skyway as one of the oldest surviving wood structures in Manhattan and a member of New York’s Historic House Trust, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Gracie Mansion Conservancy continues to operate as a charitable organization dedicated to enhancing and enlivening its namesake address. Its mission is to preserve, interpret, and safeguard the Mansion with contributions for the landmark and its art and furnishings, including periodic changes to illuminate its Federal Period origins through to the New York of today, as well as harkening forward to changes ahead.


    MAS Statement on the Release of the Penn/Farley RFP

    On Friday, January 22, Governor Cuomo, Empire State Development Corporation, Amtrak, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority issued a joint solicitation to developers for the redevelopment, design, and construction of Penn Station and the Farley Post Office building as part of the Empire Station Complex. Responses are due by April 22, 2016.

    Read the full Request for Proposal on ESD’s website (PDF) »»

    MAS issued the following statement on the news:

    “We are pleased to see the Governor’s detailed Request for Proposal for the redevelopment of Penn Station and the Farley Complex released today. However, we believe the framing of the project for Penn must demand more. Any long-term plan to meaningfully address the problems at Penn Station must include the relocation of Madison Square Garden. MAS calls on all responding firms to harness the creativity, ambition, and talent of New York’s development community: be bold and propose a grand new Penn Station worthy of our great city.”

    Mary W. Rowe
    Executive Vice President
    Municipal Art Society of New York


    Eyes on the City: What We’re Reading

    This weekend, make some hot chocolate and catch up on the week’s top stories.

    Stay warm and dry. All MAS tours are canceled tomorrow, Saturday, January 23.


    Letter of Support, United Nations Plaza Hotel Lobby and Ambassador Grill & Lounge

    Sent to the Honorable Meenakshi Srinivasan, Chair, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission

    The Municipal Art Society writes in strong support of an expedited public hearing for the interior landmark designation of the United Nations Plaza Hotel Lobby and Ambassador Grill & Lounge located at One United Nations Plaza. Its current operators, Millennium Hotels and Resorts, have closed the restaurant and are now planning the demolition of this significant and intact example of New York City Late Modernism.

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