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Monument of the Month: WWI Bronx Victory Memorial

Thirty years ago, The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) launched the Adopt-A-Monument program in collaboration with the NYC Public Design Commission and the NYC Parks Department, to secure private funding for the rescue of public art in danger of deterioration. To date, MAS’s Adopt programs have raised nearly $4 million dollars to conserve fifty-one […]

Neighborhood Activists in Queens and the Bronx Will Train as Land Use Advocates

The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) will partner with Queens Community Board 4 and the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO) to host four capacity-building workshops for residents of Corona/Elmhurst and Mott Haven to better understand and influence City land use planning. Community-based partners were selected from a pool of more than […]

Landmark Preservation Commission “Backlog” Hearing on Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn Properties

Written Testimony of the Municipal Art Society of New York Thursday, October 8, 2015 In the nine months since the proposal to decalendar more than a hundred potential landmarks across the five boroughs was withdrawn, the Municipal Art Society and the MAS Preservation Committee have analyzed the full stock of calendared properties–some of which have […]

Guest Blog: E. L. Doctorow in the Bronx

To kick off our new guest blog series, MAS guide Jean Arrington describes her interest in E. L. Doctorow’s work and the inspiration for her upcoming tour in the Bronx. We invite you to share your own tour adventures with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TripAdvisor! In 2012, in connection with an exhibit about […]

Adopt-A-Monument Works in the Bronx

The challenge following conservation of outdoor sculpture is to provide consistent care to prevent deterioration. Through endowed maintenance funds raised over the years, Phyllis Cohen oversees the stewardship of these historic works of art that are part of the MAS Adopt-A-Monument program. Some pieces require relatively straightforward treatments, like washing and waxing a bronze statue, […]