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A Night to Celebrate the Best of New York

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Q: When do you know you really love New York?

A: When you join fellow New Yorkers to celebrate the people who help make NYC the greatest city in the world.

The 115th annual meeting of the Municipal Art Society of New York, held last Wednesday (July 9) at the TimesCenter, gave MAS members a wonderful occasion to revel in their collective devotion to New York City.MAS president, Kent Barwick, called the meeting to order with the wooden walking stick from the first MAS annual meeting in 1893 and which once belonged to Benjamin Franklin. Awards were given to the Dancing Classroom program for NYC’s 4th graders; the customer service line for all New Yorkers: 311; Solar One, the Long Island City Cultural Alliance, and the amazing comeback of the very mammal that appears on the seal of New York City, as a symbol of industriousness, but has not been seen in the city since the early 1800s. On behalf of Jose the Beaver, the award was presented by Justin Rockefeller (whose family arrived in New York around the same time that we last saw Jose’s!)

MAS was also especially proud to give its Third Annual Yolanda Garcia Community Planner Award to Jeanne DuPont. Jeanne founded the Rockaway Waterfront Park Project in 2005 to build a grassroots movement dedicated to protecting one of New York’s most unique neighborhoods. Commissioner Adrian Benepe awarded MAS’ prestigious W. Allison and Elizabeth Stubbs Davis Award to Andrea Williams of the City’s Parks Department.