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MAS to Mayor: Let Us See the New Street Furniture

Citing the importance of street life and design in New York City, the Municipal Art Society has called on Mayor Bloomberg to give the public an opportunity to see what the city’s new street furniture will look like. The 3,650 newsstands, bus shelters and public toilets, to be constructed and maintained under a $1 billion contract being negotiated with the Spanish firm Cemusa, will sit on the city’s streets for the next 20 years or longer. In a letter dated September 28, the MAS congratulated the mayor and his administration for naming a franchisee for the coordinated street furniture contract — a long-standing MAS concern — and offered to help in the final negotiations by providing a venue at the Urban Center for exhibiting the proposed designs. “Working with knowledgeable designers and architects now will assure that New York City will get practical and attractive street furniture that reflects the city’s heritage as a center of design creativity,” the letter said. The letter was signed by MAS President Kent Barwick and the co-chairmen of the MAS Streetscape Committee, Andrew Manshel and Albert Butzel.