June 2017
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Eyes on the City: What We’re Reading

Pour yourself an extra strong cup of coffee for this weekend’s reading, as a lot has happened over the past few days! Of course the big news inside MAS this week is the announcement that Gina Pollara will join us as our new MAS President.
“We are deeply pleased to name Gina Pollara our next President after a long and thorough hunt for a suitable leader,” said MAS Chairman Frederick Iseman. “She is dynamic, our issues run through her veins, she is respected throughout the city as a doer, an entrepreneur, and as a force for the improvement of civic life.”
And the rest: Curbed: Four Starchitects Predict the Future of NYC’s Skyline The biggest names impacting New York’s skyline — from Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier to Bjarke Ingels, whose firm was chosen to design Two World Trade Center and Annabelle Selldorf, known for her timeless work on NYC museums, libraries and historic renovations, and Rick Cook, a leader in environmentally responsible, high-performance buildings — come together to discuss the projects that now epitomize the city, the ever-evolving real estate market and what’s next for New York’s neighborhoods. NY Times: Community Gardens Imperiled by New York’s Affordable Housing Plans Many of the gardens occupy plots of land owned by the City of New York, leaving residents who have tended them for years with few options to oppose the changes. Developer ices plans for Central Park luxury condos Developer Steven Witkoff is holding off on converting Manhattan’s Park Lane Hotel into luxury condominiums—for now. Bloomberg: A Different Perspective on the Future of Penn Station “Critics slammed plans for New York’s Penn Station—but sometimes building for posterity shouldn’t be the most pressing concern. ” Curbed: MoMA Expansion Scaled Back With Revised Timeline Two years after the Museum of Modern Art unveiled plans for its massive expansion (which included the controversial demolition of the much-beloved American Folk Art Museum building), it looks like some progress will finally be made. NY Post: Landmark 70 Pine St. begins a new life in 21st century The makeover of 1932-vintage 70 Pine St. from insurance company offices to chic, contemporary apartments cost $50 million more than planned, and took a year longer to complete than expected. ULI Report: Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Europe Capital flows and city rankings will always attract the headlines, but this year Emerging Trends Europe shines a spotlight on fundamental changes at the business end of the real estate industry. It reveals an industry trying to come to terms with the needs of occupiers and the disruptive forces of technology, demographics, social change and rapid urbanisation. Citylab: The Relationship Between Skyscrapers and Great Cities Richard Florida on the relationship between tall buildings and great cities. Curbed: Over 7,000 Permits Approved In Month Before 421-a Expired In the final days before 421a expired, close to 8,000 permits were approved for 299 different projects. The NYC Department of City Planning has a new website. Citylab: A Scratch-Off Map of Old New York City Urban change revealed, lottery ticket-style. Wired: The Urban Design Lesson Hidden in Blizzard 2016 Heavy snow and plowing patterns create “sneckdowns” — a traffic calming device many would like to see made permanent. NY Times: Trump Tower to Remove Disputed Kiosks From Public Atrium Two sales kiosks, which have been the subject of violations by New York City, did modest business and will not be missed, a lawyer for the Trump Organization said at a hearing. Did you need two cups of coffee? Us too.