MASterworks Explorations: 34th Ave. with the NYC Open Streets Team

Specially Recognized by the 2021 MASterworks Awards

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This fall, as a part of Archtober and NYCxDESIGN, MAS is celebrating design excellence in New York City with our 2021 MASterworks Awards! We have curated a selection of in person explorations and online in-conversations with this year’s honored projects.

On Thursday, October 28, starting at 8:30 AM, join MAS for a visit to the 34th Ave. Open Street in Jackson Heights, which has served as a model for communities and organizers citywide. NYC Open Streets was specially recognized by the 2021 MASterworks Jury as a creative open space policy intervention when New Yorkers needed it the most. Hear from Kyle Gorman, Emily Weidenhof, Andrew Ronan, and Jessica Cronstein from NYCDOT, as well as Jim Burke from the 34th Avenue Open Streets Coalition, starting with a morning caffeine fix at a local café. Capacity is limited.

Since it launched, NYC Open Streets has added 80+ miles of streets transformed into open space for New Yorkers, while also playing a pivotal role in the recovery of the City from COVID-19. Open Streets are used for play, dining, gathering, exercise, and myriad other uses that promote the use of streets as public space. The program also has dramatically transformed the urban landscape in New York City, significantly enhancing the quality of life for city residents, prioritizing pedestrian and cycling activity as well as benefitting urban livability and resiliency.

Learn more about the 2021 MASterworks winners and the full roster of programming here.

Thursday, October 28
8:30 AM — 10:00 AM

Exact meeting location and directions to be provided upon RSVP

This area of Jackson Heights is easily accessible by public transport and bicycle. If traveling by car, street parking is available, but public transport is strongly encouraged. Nearest public transport: 7/E/F/M/R at 74th St/Roosevelt Ave. or Q32/Q33/Q47/Q49 bus stopping along Roosevelt Ave and nearby adjacent streets. A Citi Bike station is also located at Northern Blvd./62nd St.


SPECIAL RECOGNITION: NYC Open Streets: 34th Ave. Open Street in Queens. Photo: NYCDOT.

COVID Safety Guidelines:
This program is limited to 20 attendees. As the program may bring individuals into close proximity with each other, we therefore ask that all attendees wear masks during the visit, regardless of vaccination status. Your guide and fellow participants will thank you for your cooperation. Should the group happen to venture indoors, masks and/or proof of vaccination may be required, so please be prepared to have both with you. For more information about coronavirus and a guide on how to stay safe, please visit

About the MASterworks Awards:

Established in 2001, the MASterworks Awards pay tribute each year to projects that make a significant contribution to New York City’s built environment. Awards are presented in the following categories:

Best New Building for outstanding architectural design
Best Urban Landscape for a new or revitalized open space that contributes to livability and resilience
Best Restoration for a project that expertly enhances the original qualities of a significant historic building or structure
Best Adaptive Reuse for a project that demonstrates exceptional creativity in adaptive reuse of an existing building or structure
Best New Infrastructure for distinctive design in public service projects
Best New Urban Amenity for an addition to the built environment that contributes to a more livable city.

2021 MASterworks Jury:

Justin Davidson | Architecture and Classical Music Critic, New York Magazine
Lisa Switkin, FAAR, ASLA | Senior Principal, James Corner Field Operations
Calvin Tsao, FAIA, FAAR | Principal, Tsao & McKown Architects & MAS Board of Directors
Weston Walker, AIA, LEED AP | Design Principal and Partner, Studio Gang
Vicki Weiner | Adjunct Associate Professor and Academic Coordinator of Historic Preservation, Pratt Institute

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