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Honorees Announced: 2016 MASterworks Awards

(February 25, 2016 | New York, NY) The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) announced the winners of the 2016 MASterworks Awards, a competition hosted annually by MAS to recognize projects completed in the preceding year that made a significant contribution to New York’s built environment. The awards will be presented on the evening of March 3 at 45 Rockefeller Plaza, 7th Floor.

“New York’s built environment is at its best when it serves and connects with the community around it. From a salt shed whose crystalline shape reminds us that there is beauty to be found even in sanitation efforts, to a new museum that is as much a neighborhood anchor as a cultural magnet, the 2016 MASterworks honorees demonstrate the lasting value of good design,” said Gina Pollara, President and CEO of MAS. “Next month we will gather to celebrate our 2016 winners and thank them for enhancing New York one project at a time.”

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MAS Statement on Landmarks Backlog Decisions

Today, the Landmarks Preservation Commission recommended that 30 of the “backlog” properties move toward designation, while 60 were removed from consideration without prejudice and five were removed from the calendar based on a lack of merit. MAS submitted favorable testimony on 45 sites, 23 of which will be designated within the year.

Although we congratulate the Commission on the hard work put forth in conducting this public process, we regret that more properties are not headed for landmark status. In particular, the Sailors’ Snug Harbor Historic District and the Douglaston Historic District Extension are a grievous loss.

See the full list of actions taken by the Commission here:

BRONX

Prioritize for designation:

  • 65 Schofield Street House*
  • Immaculate Conception, Church of Blessed Virgin Mary*

Remove from calendar, not a priority:

  • 6 Ploughman’s Bush Building*
  • First Presbyterian Church of Williamsburg and Rectory*

Remove from calendar, lack of merit:

  • Samuel D. Babcock House

BROOKLYN

Prioritize for designation:

  • 183-195 Broadway Building*
  • Greenwood Cemetery
  • Lady Moody-Van Sicklen House*
  • St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church and Rectory*
  • St. Barbara’s Roman Catholic Church*
  • Williamsburg Trust Co. Building*

Remove from calendar, not a priority:

  • Coney Island Pumping Station*

MANHATTAN

Prioritize for designation:

  • 315 Broadway Building*
  • 412 East 85th Street*
  • 57 Sullivan Street House
  • Bergdorf Goodman
  • Edgar J. Kaufman Conference Rooms, Lecture Hall and Elevator Lobby*
  • Excelsior Power Company Building
  • Interborough Rapid Transit Powerhouse*
  • Loew’s 175th Street Theater*
  • St. Joseph’s Church*
  • St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Parish House & Rectory*
  • St. Paul’s Church and School
  • Young Men’s Christian Association Building, Harlem Branch*

Remove from calendar, not a priority:

  • 138 Second Avenue House
  • 143 Chambers Street Building*
  • 150 East 38th Street House
  • 2 Oliver Street House*
  • D.G. Yeungling Brewery Co. Complex*
  • Empire Theater (Interior and Exterior)
  • Hotel Renaissance, later Columbia Club*
  • James McCreery & Co.
  • Liberty Theater (Interior and Exterior)
  • Lyric Theater (Interior and Exterior)
  • Mission of the Immaculate Virgin West
  • New Apollo Theater Interior
  • Osborn Apartment Building Interior
  • President Chester A. Arthur House
  • Selwyn Theater (Interior and Exterior)
  • Sire Building
  • St. Paul’s Rectory
  • Times Square Theater (Interior and Exterior)
  • Union Square Park
  • Victory Theater (Interior and Exterior)

QUEENS

Prioritize for designation:

  • Bowne Street Community Church*
  • Lydia Ann Bell and William Ahles House
  • Pepsi Cola Sign*

Remove from calendar, not a priority:

  • Fairway Apartments*
  • First Reformed Church and Sunday School of College Point*
  • Old Calvary Cemetery Gatehouse*
  • Proposed Douglaston Historic District Extension*
  • Spanish Towers

STATEN ISLAND

Prioritize for designation:

  • 92 Harrison Street House*
  • Brougham Cottage*
  • George W. Curtis House*
  • Lakeman House*
  • Prince’s Bay Lighthouse and Keeper’s House*
  • St. John’s Episcopal Rectory*
  • Vanderbilt Mausoleum and Cemetery*

Remove from calendar, not a priority:

  • 122 Androvette Street House*
  • 3833 Amboy Road House*
  • 5466 Arthur Kill Road House*
  • 6136 Amboy Road House*
  • Cunard Hall, Wagner College
  • Nicholas Killmeyer Store and Residence
  • Nicholas Muller House*
  • Richmond County Country Club
  • Sailors’ Snug Harbor Historic District*
  • School District #3 Building*
  • St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Rectory and Parish House*
  • St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and Rectory*
  • St. Paul’s Methodist Episcopal Church*
  • William T. and Mary Marcellite Garner Mansion*
  • Woodbrook 

Remove from calendar, lack of merit:

  • Crocheron House
  • Dorothy Day Historic Site
  • Fountain Family Graveyard
  • Sunny Brae House

*Supported by MAS

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LPC Backlog: Fifty Years of MAS testimony

As recently highlighted in the NY Times, the Landmarks Preservation Commission will decide the fate of 95 “backlog” items at a public meeting tomorrow. Last fall, MAS submitted favorable testimony on 47 of those properties, which you can read here:

MAS has a long history of supporting new landmarks. In fact, we testified on many of these proprieties at their original designation hearing! Click through to read testimony for 2 Oliver Street from 1966, the Loew’s 175th Street Theater in 1970 (written by none other than James Marston Fitch!), the Vanderbilt Mausoleum and Cemetery in 1980, the Pepsi-Cola Sign in 1988, and more!


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