February 11th, 2014, 4:23 pm
On February 18th, PBS will premiere The Rise and Fall of Penn Station, part of the American Experience series. The documentary presents an engrossing look at the monumental feats of engineering 100 years ago that led to the construction of the tunnels, tracks and station house that made up the original Penn Station. Tonight, the Museum of the City of New York is hosting a special screening of the film with filmmaker Randall MacLowry; executive producer Mark Samels; Lorraine Diehl, author of The Late, Great Pennsylvania Station; and historian Jill Jonnes, author of Conquering Gotham. Click through to watch a preview. Continue Reading>>
February 11th, 2014, 12:38 pm
On February 4, 2014, the Church of St. Luke-in-the-Fields presented two development proposals for their complex within the Greenwich Village Historic District before the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. The first proposal was for a new 15-story residential building at 100 Barrow Street designed by Barry Rice Architects. The second proposal was for a 2-story rooftop and rear addition to an existing school building at 657 Greenwich Street designed by Andrew Bartle Architects. MAS submitted testimony regarding the appropriateness of these proposals. Continue Reading>>
February 10th, 2014, 4:05 pm
MAS is very pleased to congratulate Vicki Been – the new Commissioner of the City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Vicki is one of the country’s leading experts on affordable housing and the creation of mixed-income, healthy neighborhoods. Her co-leadership of NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy established it as a leading urban policy center in the country. Continue Reading>>
February 7th, 2014, 8:44 pm
MAS is delighted Mayor de Blasio has appointed Carl Weisbrod as Chair of the City Planning Commission who is not only a leading voice on some of the most pressing housing and planning challenges New York City faces, but also a great friend of MAS. We look forward to working together very closely on the issues that are so key to the future of New York City–Penn Station and East Midtown among them–and congratulate the administration on this great choice.
February 4th, 2014, 10:53 am
On the freezing evening of Tuesday, January 28th, the audience packed the New York Society for Ethical Culture’s auditorium to hear a presentation and discussion of the recently announced westward expansion plan of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Co-hosted by the Architectural League of New York, the Municipal Art Society, and the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, the discussion was nuanced and lively. You can view video from the program on our YouTube page here.
January 23rd, 2014, 11:00 am
Celebrated during the first weekend in May in nearly 100 cities worldwide, Jane’s Walk honors the enduring legacy of urban activist Jane Jacobs by encouraging residents to get out on the street, engage with their neighbors and explore the city.
Last year, MAS coordinated 100+ walks throughout the five boroughs of New York City, promoting urban literacy among the thousands who participated. To make this year our most successful and far reaching Jane’s Walk yet, we need your help. Continue Reading>>
January 16th, 2014, 12:25 pm
As previously announced, Margaret Newman has joined MAS as its Executive Director, the first to hold that position since 2007. Vin Cipolla continues in his role as board President.
Cipolla had chosen to return to entrepreneurship — after five years running day-to-day operations at MAS — and has joined forces with David Rockwell, founder and President of the Rockwell Group, to form a new company that will create, incubate, invest or co-invest in a range of design-driven enterprises in media technology, entertainment and hospitality. Continue Reading>>
January 8th, 2014, 1:12 pm
In four highly informative sessions, architectural historian Anthony W. Robins describes how to successfully research the history of buildings in New York City. A field trip to the Manhattan Department of Builidings completes the course. Robins, who will be including resources he used in researching his recent book on Grand Central Terminal, has been leading this class for MAS for more than 25 years and past participants have included architects, engineers, building owners, preservation advocates, lawyers and landmarks commissioners and even a New York City detective!
The class will meet on Tuesdays, February 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th from 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM in the Greenacre Reference Library at the Municipal Art Society, located at 111 W. 57th Street, 16th Floor, Manhattan. The field trip will be scheduled for a weekday morning (date TBD) following the last class session. Continue Reading>>
December 23rd, 2013, 10:45 am
Today MAS released The Accidental Skyline, a report addressing the issues surrounding tall buildings and their influence on the scarce open spaces in New York – particularly West 57th Street and Central Park.
The Accidental Skyline, addresses the size and scale of the mostly as-of-right buildings going up on and around 57th Street which are of particular note due to their proximity to Central Park. It also suggests potential approaches to address the issue including changes to zoning rules, public review and greater transparency as developers assemble these sites. Continue Reading>>
December 19th, 2013, 5:37 pm
Over a year ago, Superstorm Sandy struck the Northeast coast, knocking out power, flooding our homes and businesses, and dramatically changing our coastal communities. Since then, individuals and organizations from around the region have mobilized to assist their neighbors, aid impacted communities in their rebuilding efforts, and begin to consider new ways to protect New York and the surrounding region from the next disruptive event. With an active influx of volunteers, a dramatic reshaping of organizational programs and political agendas, and new opportunities for philanthropic and federal funding, professionals and volunteers across sectors are working towards creating plans for a livable and resilient New York. As we begin to transition into the next administration, the Municipal Art Society of New York believes it is necessary that this momentum not only continues, but strengthens as we enter a period of intense planning, critical decision making and implementation of new resilience strategies. Continue Reading>>
December 16th, 2013, 1:34 pm
The Municipal Art Society is proud to welcome Margaret Newman as our new Executive Director in 2014. Presently the Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Transportation, Newman will assume the position which is being reinstated at MAS, on February 3, 2014. Continue Reading>>
December 2nd, 2013, 3:48 pm
On October 28, 2013, MAS wrote a letter to Robert Tierney, Chairman of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, in support of the designation of the Park Avenue Christian Church complex, located at 1010 Park Avenue. Supporting the designation represents an important legacy issue for MAS. The French Gothic church designed by Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson is one of the few extant buildings listed as a “structure of importance” in New York Landmarks: An Index of Architecturally Notable Structures in New York City compiled by MAS’s Committee on Historic Architecture along with the Society for Architectural Historians in 1957.
November 18th, 2013, 5:30 pm
Author and activist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) believed in the future of cities and in common sense solutions to urban challenges. This year, in conjunction with the presentation of The Rockefeller Foundation’s Jane Jacobs Medal, the Municipal Art Society’s annual Jane Jacobs Forum features leading women in the fields of architecture and planning, landscape architecture, development, community development, business and the arts. Click here for event details. Continue Reading>>
November 18th, 2013, 11:29 am
By Eugenie L. Birch, Chair and Vin Cipolla, President, MAS
Last week, in a rare joint statement, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Council member Daniel Garodnick rejected the Mayor’s plan to rezone East Midtown. The Bloomberg administration subsequently withdrew the proposal. So now what does the future of Midtown hold? The answer remains to be seen – but as has become clear over the course of the last year there is work to be done to ensure that East Midtown continues to be an economic engine for New York City. Continue Reading>>
November 11th, 2013, 2:12 pm
We invite MAS members and friends to submit nominations for the 26th annual Brendan Gill Prize. The 2013 Gill Prize, endowed to permit a cash award, is given each year to the creator of a specific work, a book, essay, musical composition, play, painting, sculpture, architectural design, film or choreographic piece that best captures the spirit and energy of New York City. Whether the nominated individual or group is well known or just emerging, the goal of the Gill Prize is to draw attention to the varieties of artistic experience that enrich our contemporary life. Continue Reading>>