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MWA President Interviewed and Eminent Domain Lawsuit Filed at Atlantic Yards

newtown-creek-waterway MAS in the Press: The MAS boat tour demonstrated the potential of New York City’s waterfront for infrastructure, transit, and public art (Architect’s Newspaper). Roland Lewis, President of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, answered questions last week about the waterfront on the New York Times‘ City Blog. MAS Issues in the Press: – Landowners at Atlantic Yards have filed their eminent domain lawsuit in state court (New York Observer). Related Companies has chosen a new landscape architect to design the Hudson Yards development; Related won the bid for the area after Tishman Speyer failed to reach a deal with the MTA (New York Observer). A new development at South Street Seaport will link the waterfront to the historic district (Bloomberg.com). A neighborhood convinces City to close streets adjacent to its only park to increase public open space for recreation (New York Times). – The New York City Housing Authority is considering selling its 30.5 million square feet worth of development rights (New York Sun). The Whitney Museum is selling its Madison Avenue townhouses, formerly slated for the museum’s expansion (Crain’s New York Business). – George Haikalis, of the Institute for Rational Urban Mobility, Inc. (IRUM) stresses the need for ARC (Access to the Region’s Core) trains to link up to Penn Station tracks (New York Observer). The first wind turbine in New York City was erected on top of a tenement in the East Village (New York Times). – Permits were issued to allow ground floor and raised signage on a vertical parking structure on Great Jones Street before the area was designated an historic district (Curbed).