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A Bold Vision for East Midtown

Join hundreds of New Yorkers Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at the CUNY Graduate Center, located at 365 Fifth Avenue at East 34th Street, for an event in three parts.  The day will begin at 4:00 PM and go until 8:00 pm.  We hope you will join us for all or part of the event.

4:00 PM A Bold Vision for East Midtown

Join us for the highly anticipated release of the MAS Report on East Midtown.  Be the first to hear our recommendations and research results. An esteemed panel of speakers will then join us to discuss. Speakers include:

Peter Bishop (pictured above) is Professor of Urban Design at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College, London.  Over the past 25 years he has been a planning director in four different Central London Boroughs and has worked on major projects including Canary Wharf, the development of the BBC’s campus at White City and the Kings Cross developments, one of the largest and most complex sites in London.  His book, “The Temporary City” has recently been published by Oxford Routledge.

Vicki L. Been is the Faculty Director for NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy.  Ms. Been works at the cutting edge of legal scholarship at the intersection of land use, urban policy and housing. Been has done extensive research on the City’s rezonings, its use of transferable development rights, the interplay of community benefit agreements with land use practices, and on a variety of affordable housing policies, from inclusionary zoning to the effects of supportive housing developments on their neighbors.

Justin Davidson has been the classical music and architecture critic at New York Magazine since 2007. Before that, he spent 12 years as classical music critic at Newsday, where he also wrote about architecture and was a regular commentator on cultural issues. He won a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2002, and an American Society of Newspaper Editors criticism (ASNE) award. A native of Rome, Davidson graduated from Harvard and later earned a doctoral degree in music composition at Columbia University. He has contributed to The New YorkerW.Travel and Leisure, the Los Angeles TimesSlate, and Salon, and is a regular columnist for the website emusic.

Lynne B. Sagalyn is the director of the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate and the MBA Real Estate Program.  She is widely known for her research on public/private partnerships and city building. Her recent work includes Times Square Roulette: Remaking the City Icon (MIT Press, 2001) and the politics of eminent domain and the Kelo backlash. Her current projects include a book of on the politics of rebuilding of the World Trade Center (supported by the Russell Sage Foundation), a book on public/private development (to be published by the Urban Land Institute) and research on the media and urban issues.

6:00 PM Reception in Proshansky Auditorium Lobby Celebrate the publication of New York Times writer Sam Roberts’ newest book Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America with a wine and cheese reception. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

7:00 PM Voice for a Livable and Resilient City – MAS Annual Meeting Join us for the 120th Annual Meeting of The Municipal Art Society of New York, to celebrate the Wangari Maathai Award scholarship winners and the Brendan Gill Prize honoree, and to learn about the strategic leadership MAS is providing to ensure a livable and resilient New York City.  We will also have a special report on the latest post-Sandy work.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend this meeting where members will also vote on a slate of proposed directors.