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NYC Art Commission Gets New Name and Another Private Landowner Sells in Willet’s Point

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MAS in the Press: MAS attended a public hearing last night concerning the demolition of Admiral’s Row in the Brooklyn Navy Yard; MAS and its partners are advocating an alternative that preserves the historic buildings and also allows for a supermarket to be built on the site (Brownstoner; Gowanus Lounge; Historic Districts Newsstand)

MAS Issues in the Press: – Nicholas Sprayregen, the last private land owner standing in opposition to Columbia University’s expansion hopes to take his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court (New York Observer). The City has made a deal with another private landowner Willet’s Point site to sell and relocate (The Real Deal).

– A new State law will encourage developers to meet highest levels of brownfield remediation while limiting tax breaks they can receive on such projects (New York Times). Local groups are pressuring the Landmarks Preservation Commission to consider expanding the boundaries of the Upper East Side Historic District (New York Sun).

– Given the progress of the Moynihan Station plan and the slowing economy, the Pennsylvania Hotel may escape demolition (New York Observer). Another Chase Bank branch will open on Broadway and 61st street, the third within 3 blocks (New York Times).

– The New York City Art Commission has been renamed the Public Design Commission (New York Times). The MoMA’s Prefabricated Homes exhibit has opened (New York Times).