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MAS to Developer: Rethink Domino Alterations

domino sugar refinery brooklynAfter applauding the Landmarks Preservation Commission for designating three of the Domino Sugar Refinery buildings, MAS expressed deep concern with a proposed glass box proposed addition that was heard before the Commission in mid-February, and urged that future development assimilate the memory of Brooklyn’s industrial heritage into its new life. For 148 years, ships delivered sugar cane from as far away as India to the Domino Sugar plant (originally American Sugar Refining Company) on the East River. In the massive factory buildings workers processed the cane into granulated sugar and packaged it for distribution. The Brooklyn plant was one of the largest refineries in the world, and by 1870 more than half of the sugar consumed in the entire country was refined here. Continue Reading>>

MAS Files Supporting Brief Over P.S. 64

el bohio ps 64Late last year, the City denied a work permit for the development of a community dormitory facility at P.S. 64 in the East Village. The proposed building would be almost twice the size of other residential buildings in the zoning district. MAS recently filed an Amicus Brief supporting the City’s decision to demand that the applicant provide satisfactory evidence that the building will be owned by, or leased to, an educational institution prior to receiving permission to begin construction. For more information about P.S. 64, click here.

MAS Says No to Madison Avenue Demo

la goulue buildingOn January 22, 2008, the Landmarks Preservation Commission held a public hearing on a potentially precedent-setting application to demolish the two-story building at 746 Madison Avenue (aka La Goulue building), a contributing building in the Upper East Side Historic District, and to construct a new fourteen-story building in its place. At the hearing the Municipal Art Society joined the New York Landmarks Conservancy, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts and the Society for the Architecture of the City in opposition to this application. Read our testimony. Continue Reading>>

Sad Tidings for Glad Tidings

Demolition has been underway for some time at the Glad Tidings Tabernacle, an unprotected NYC landmark-eligible church across from the Farley Building on 33rd street. Today The Real Deal has news about its sale: “The Glad Tidings Tabernacle Church at 325-327 West 33rd Street has sold for $31 million, according to public records. The Romanesque Revival church, near Penn Station and across the street from the Farley Post Office, was built in 1868. The buyer is PLC Partners, which is building the 300-room Cambria Suites Brooklyn Bridge hotel. Demolition has reportedly already begun at the church. Earlier, the church had reportedly hired Konyk Architecture to design a residential tower that would house the church in its basement.” The MAS has identified at least 60 other historic buildings in the area around Penn Station (click here to see the map). We are urging the city to study and designate unprotected buildings before rezoning the area and already requested to become a consulting party for the federal historic preservation review, known as Section 106.

Imagine Flatbush Community Meeting

Come and participate in a special dialogue about the future of Flatbush. The Flatbush Development Corporation (FDC) and the Municipal Art Society (MAS) are inviting you to take part in Imagine Flatbush 2030 — a community visioning and dialogue process—designed to get you together with other Flatbush community members to collectively create a more sustainable neighborhood. If you care about the environment, community health, protecting diversity, ensuring affordable housing and a whole host of other community issues, this is the meeting for you! Continue Reading>>

Panel Discussion: Changing Perspectives on Preservation

Thursday, November 29, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., at The Municipal Art Society MAP Accompanying the publication of Anthony Wood’s new book Preserving New York: Winning the Right to Protect a City’s Landmarks, this panel will explore the theme of changing perspectives on preservation from the 1940’s and 50’s — when hundreds of potential landmarks were demolished in the absence of protection mechanisms, to the present — when many of the buildings that replaced them are now themselves of interest for landmark designation. Continue Reading>>

Imagine Flatbush 2030: a Community Visioning Project

imagine flatbush smallThe Mayor’s PlaNYC2030 is a citywide sustainability agenda that lays the groundwork for achieving and maintaining affordable housing, open space, good transportation, clean air, water, and land and reliable energy. It affords an enormous opportunity to rethink the development of the city. As part of Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York, MAS will work with the residents, business owners, and civic leaders of Flatbush, Brooklyn, with the partnership of the Flatbush Development Corporation, to assist in creating neighborhood sustainability goals and tools to measure progress toward consensus-based goals. Continue Reading>>

197-a Planning Helps Implement Citywide Planning Goals

manhattanville morningside hamilton heights bridgeSeeking to capitalize on existing neighborhood assets and plan proactively to secure good jobs, affordable housing, community health, and access to quality schools and services, West Harlemites living and working in Manhattan Community District 9 (Manhattanville, Morningside Heights and Hamilton Heights) have developed a consensus-based plan for their neighborhood’s future through a 197-a plan. The official community planning process, 197-a planning is a key part of the city charter allowing community boards to create comprehensive neighborhood plans guiding local growth and development. If implemented, the community’s plan would play a big part in implementing the city’s forward-thinking sustainability agenda. Continue Reading>>

Question: Why did this mountain climber rapel down the side of a 30-story landmark?

55 liberty building conservatorAnswer: Because 55 Liberty Street, just two blocks away from the World Trade Center site, may have sustained damage from the events of September 11. And this man is no ordinary mountain climber – from Vertical Access, LLC and he’s a building conservator and specialist in terra cotta, the material that 55 Liberty is “clad” in. Continue Reading>>