Nothing endures but change - The Municipal Art Society of New York



Nothing endures but change - The Municipal Art Society of New York
The Art of Making New York Livable
2007 Annual Report
June 20, 2006
Dear Members and Friends:
Letter from the President
“Nothing endures but change,” said the Greek philosopher
Heraclitus, and New York continues to see its share in every
possible manner in 2007. As the Municipal Art Society marks
its 114th birthday, changes in the city’s appearance, quality of
life and outlook are apparent everyday.
We hope this year will finally be the year of Moynihan Station.
With all the changes this huge project will bring to Midtown,
we will keep a close eye on the important details and specifics
— New Yorkers have waited long enough to see a great train
station arise and expand from the sorry muddle that is now
Penn Station.
This year we are happy to congratulate Mayor Bloomberg
for his bold leadership and the unprecedented creativity he
invested in his PlaNYC 2030. Forward-looking proposals like
congestion pricing, planting a million new trees in the city and
the development of a public plaza in each community district
are among many thoughtful changes to begin planning for
For the second year in a row, the Landmarks Preservation
Commission will have bigger budget, thanks in part to a
spirited MAS advocacy campaign. As much as some things
change, some things must always be preserved.
As always, the tireless staff, committees, interns and
volunteers have earned much-deserved thanks and praise.
Special recognition is reserved for our departing board
member Cheryl Cohen Effron and our departing General
Counsel Michael B. Gerrard. With sadness, and great
fondness, we note the passing of Giorgio Cavaglieri. He
served MAS for half a century as a board member, president
and clear-headed voice of conscience. It will be hard to
imagine New York without him.
We thank you, members and friends, for supporting us in our
continuing mission to promote a more livable city. Without
doubt, the year ahead will bring more changes. You are
welcome to stay along for the ride.
The Planning Center’s new Livable Neighborhoods Program
got off to a fine start this year. As the program trains the
future community planners of tomorrow, it underlines
our commitment to empowering and changing the ways
communities think about planning for themselves.
Kent L. Barwick
MAS Board of Directors
Laurie Beckelman
Elizabeth H. Berger
Eugenie L. Birch
David M. Childs
Kinshasha Holman Conwill
Edward N. Costikyan
Lewis B. Cullman
Joan K. Davidson
Gordon J. Davis
John Howard Dobkin
Michael P. Donovan
Peter Duchin
Heidi Ettinger
Susan K. Freedman
Gail Gregg
Duane Hampton
Ashton Hawkins
Kitty Hawks
Steven L. Isenberg
Arie L. Kopelman
Rocco Landesman
Kenneth B. Lerer
Marilyn W. Levy
Ronay Menschel
John E. Merow
Frederic S. Papert
Charles A. Platt
Tim Prentice
Frances A. Resheske
Carole Rifkind
Janet Ross
Robert S. Rubin
Brendan Sexton
Whitney North Seymour, Jr.
David F. Solomon
Jerry I. Speyer
Stephen C. Swid
Vincent Tese
Wade F. B. Thompson
Helen S. Tucker
William H. Wright, II
Gary J. Zarr
Executive Committee
Anthony C. M. Kiser, Chair
Kent L. Barwick
Elizabeth H. Berger
Paul R. Beirne
David M. Childs
Diane M. Coffey
Hugh Hardy
Ashton Hawkins
Kitty Hawks
Philip K. Howard
John E. Merow
Stephen C. Swid
William H. Wright, II
Finance Committee
Diane M. Coffey, Chair
Paul R. Beirne
Rocco Landesman
John E. Merow
William H. Wright, II
Nominating Committee
Kitty Hawks, Chair
Elizabeth H. Berger
Diane M. Coffey
Gordon J. Davis
Peter Duchin
Ashton Hawkins
Anthony C. M. Kiser
Executive Compensation
Anthony C.M. Kiser, Chair
Paul R. Beirne
Elizabeth H. Berger
David M. Childs
Diane M. Coffey
Hugh Hardy
Ashton Hawkins
Kitty Hawks
Philip K. Howard
Ronay Menschel
John E. Merow
Stephen C. Swid
William H. Wright, II
Audit Committee
John E. Merow, Chair
Diane M. Coffey
John Howard Dobkin
Wade F. B. Thompson
Board & Committees
Chairman Philip K. Howard
President Kent L. Barwick
Vice Chairman Paul R. Beirne
Vice Chairman Hugh Hardy
Vice Chairman/Treasurer
Diane M. Coffey
Secretary Anthony C. M.
General Counsel Michael B.
Photo: Giles Ashford
“New York is the perfect model of a
city, not the model of a perfect city.”
– Lewis Mumford
Planning Issues
Photo: Annie Nyborg
Moynihan Station
The Municipal Art Society is pushing for the realization of
Senator Daniel P. Moynihan’s vision to expand Penn Station
into the Farley Post Office Building. The MAS believes that
Moynihan Station must be developed as an inspiring work of
civic architecture. We see great potential in the idea of moving
Madison Square Garden off its current site. This large space —
once occupied by the original Pennsylvania Station train hall
— should be reborn as a public train station worthy of the city
it will serve. Both above ground and below grade, “Moynihan
East” should be developed as a fitting (and contemporary)
complement to the creation of “Moynihan West” in the
historic Post Office across Eighth Avenue.
The Municipal Art Society is working aggressively to
communicate to the public, elected officials and the
stakeholders in this project, that all New Yorkers have a stake
in Moynihan Station. We believe the project can be a model
of enlightened progressive development. However, the public/
private partnership must be directed by, and safeguarded
with, strong public oversight to ensure that a public train
station remains this project’s top priority.
With a soon-to-be-launched website along with the results of
a major poll, the MAS will spearhead in summer 2007 a major
public advocacy campaign to ensure Moynihan Station is an
inspiring work of civic architecture.
Javits Center
In May 2006, MAS filed a lawsuit to prevent the state from
moving forward with its plan for the Javits Center without an
adequate environmental review. The state’s environmental
review was recently determined to have been adequate,
but with Hudson River Park nearing completion, viable
alternatives to the proposed northward expansion of the
center coming together, and Governor Spitzer now in office,
our advocacy for a new plan that does not block access to the
river moves ahead with renewed optimism.
Creating a Vision for the Midtown East Waterfront
This June, the MAS, working with Community Board 6 and
a coalition of elected officials, convened some of America’s
leading landscape architects for a charrette (an intensive
design workshop) to create a vision for the Midtown East
Waterfront between 38th and 48th streets in Manhattan.
Long inaccessible to New Yorkers, the pending rebuilding of
the FDR Drive, potential expansion of the UN campus and
redevelopment of the former Con Ed site offer the city a once
in a lifetime opportunity to open up the waterfront, create new
open space and complete a waterfront greenway between the
Battery and Harlem.
Atlantic Yards
With a coalition of more than 10 local and national groups, the
MAS launched the website,, in September
to inform New Yorkers about the Atlantic Yards project and
encourage them to write to the decision-makers urging them
to change the project to work for Brooklyn. Through the
website and a mailer, MAS and its partners forwarded nearly
6,000 letters to the Governor and the Mayor asking them to
change the project’s design, develop a transportation plan and
include the public in the decision-making for the project. In
April, the sponsors of organized a highprofile rally against the demolition of two blocks in the project
site, including the historic Ward Bakery, that would create
“temporary” parking lots for over 1400 cars, blighting the
surrounding neighborhoods for a generation. So far the MAS
has been encouraged by the Spitzer administrations’ moves
to improve the governance of the project but will continue to
fight for substantial changes to the project.
“The belief that good design
is optional… does not bear
– Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Photo: Peter Putka
The Planning Center
Livable Neighborhoods Program
The Livable Neighborhoods Program aims to counteract a
number of the long-standing limitations with which community
board members and community planners have struggled as
they serve their districts and make land-use decisions. Following
last year’s planning workshop and needs assessment survey,
the Planning Center launched the Livable Neighborhoods
Program in May. The program has three components — a
toolkit containing print resources, in-person training, and an
internet-based network. The toolkit is a comprehensive handbook
containing chapters on major planning topics such as community
organizing and visioning, data collection, zoning, 197-a planning,
brownfield planning, historic and cultural resources preservation,
electronic mapping, and the budget process, among other
topics. Two day-long training sessions at Hunter College, also
in May, complemented the toolkit, taking community-based
planners through some of these major themes. Participants are
encouraged to share their community planning experiences
through a new Livable Neighborhoods Program social
networking website created by the Planning Center.
Yolanda Garcia Award
Elizabeth Yeampierre, executive director of the United Puerto
Rican Organization of Sunset Park, passionate advocate for the
city’s environmental justice movement and community-planning
activist, was honored with the second annual Yolanda Garcia
Community Planner Award at a reception on April 18 at the
Urban Center. The award was presented by Yolanda Gonzalez,
daughter of the late Yolanda Garcia, and executive director
of Nos Quedamos. A certificate of lifetime achievement was
awarded to community board veteran Wilma Maynard of Bedford
Stuyvesant. Certificates of honorable mention were presented
to Damaris Reyes of the Lower East Side, Harry Bubbins of Mott
Haven and Laura Hoffman of Greenpoint.
Campaign for Community-Based Planning
The coalition effort to built support for creating a more
meaningful role for New Yorkers in the city’s planning process
continues to grow. Now at over 80 members, the CommunityBased Planning Task Force tackles the challenges of forging
a closer partnership between the city and communities on
planning and development decisions, reforming and empowering
community boards, and giving more teeth to community-based
Community Information Technology Initiative (CITI)
CITI’s internet component,, has proven to be
an invaluable tool for neighborhood planning and development
decisions. Coupling CITI with recommendations made by the
Community-Based Planning Task Force to involve youth more
directly in community boards, the Planning Center launched CITI
Youth in 2004. CITI Youth places public high school students in
community boards in their neighborhoods, where they are then
required to attend each monthly community board meeting and
each monthly meeting of the housing/land use committee of the
board. At meetings, students use a wireless computer and LCD
projector to display maps from the CITI website of areas being
discussed at the meeting, giving everyone at the board meeting
instant access to maps and data.
“That community board meeting was more exciting than
watching the Apprentice!”
– CITI Youth participant
Photo: Jasper Goldman
“Cities need old buildings so badly it
is probably impossible for vigorous
streets and districts to grow without them.... Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New
ideas must use old buildings.”
– Jane Jacobs
Photo: Giles Ashford
Historic Preservation
In November, the Seventh Regiment Armory Conservancy
acquired a 99-year lease for the armory on Park Avenue at
East 66th Street. With the lease in hand, planning the longdelayed restoration program of the building’s famous 19th
century interiors is underway. The conservancy aims to open
the restored armory to the public in 2012. The restoration
campaign began 12 years ago as a special project of the MAS
and the conservancy formed shortly afterward under the
tireless and dedicated leadership of Elihu Rose and Wade F.B.
Red Hook Graving Dock
The MAS sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in late
November with the goal of forcing a legally-mandated review
of historic resources at the Ikea development site in Red Hook.
The Corps allowed construction to proceed that will cover
over a Civil War-era graving dock on the site with a parking lot
— an act that will forever tarnish the historic character of the
site and weaken the city’s maritime history and industry. The
suit is still pending.
Historic Resources Survey in Prospect Heights
MAS and members of the local community submitted a
survey of the historic architecture of Prospect Heights,
Brooklyn, to the Landmarks Preservation Commission in April
because it is threatened by development pressures from the
adjacent Atlantic Yards site. We thank the more than 20 local
volunteers, who, after basic training from MAS staff, took to
the streets to assess and photograph roughly 1100 buildings.
Still more volunteers entered the information into a database,
enabling the MAS to map out boundaries for the proposed
historic district using GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
Landmarks Preservation Commission Budget
In response to a 2006 MAS advocacy campaign, the City
Council increased the budget of the Landmarks Preservation
Commission (LPC) by $250,000 for the current fiscal year.
Council Members Jessica Lappin, Tony Avella and Diana
Reyna were instrumental in securing the funding. To build
on this success, the MAS joined more than 70 other groups
in early May for the first annual Preservation Lobby Day to
request a $1 million increase in the LPC budget for fiscal year
TWA-JetBlue Terminal
In December 2005, agreement on the adaptive reuse,
rehabilitation and restoration of the former TWA Terminal at
Kennedy Airport was announced. Last year our work ensured
that the front of Eero Saarinen’s masterpiece would be used
by JetBlue for self-service check-in kiosks and that the new
terminal behind it would not dwarf the city landmark. This
year, we successfully advocated for saving a portion of one
of the two flight wings that sprout from the back of the old
terminal, which has been relocated onto a new foundation at
the end of the new JetBlue Terminal concourse, where it will
be used as a waiting room.
World Trade Center
The focus of the Lower Manhattan Emergency Preservation
Fund’s (LMEPF) advocacy efforts this year was preserving the
“Survivor Stair” — the last remaining, above ground piece
of the World Trade Center. An agreement has been reached
to stabilize the stair, which is in ruinous condition, and move
it to a temporary location while a permanent on-site home is
found. Its current location will be occupied by the new World
Trade Center Tower Two.
Historic Preservation
Seventh Regiment Armory
Chain Store Creep
The city is experiencing a huge construction boom which
threatens the unique character of its richly diverse small
neighborhoods as chain retail stores, banks and drug stores
are sweeping the city. At a special standing-room-only
program convened by the MAS Streetscape Committee in
September, a panel of experts agreed that the reason for
this trend is that chain stores are more desirable tenants
than local retailers because they are reliable and backed
by national or international corporations. The Streetscape
Committee is currently considering how best to advocate to
ensure that New York City does not become a giant suburbanstyle mall, but retains the diverse and ethnic character of its
neighborhood retail.
Newsracks Nuisance
The streets of New York City are littered with filthy, poorly
maintained and decrepit newsracks that are both eyesores and
potentially hazardous to New Yorkers. Other cities in America
and around the world have passed legislation to successfully
tackle their newsrack problems, but New York is lagging
behind. To try to persuade City officials to hold an oversight
hearing on this issue, MAS will launch a photography
competition in August, inviting New Yorkers to send in
pictures of the most repulsive newsrack in the city.
Illegal Outdoor Advertising
In summer 2006, shortly after MAS held its highly successful
photography competition Shoot It Down!, identifying illegal
advertising in the city, Manhattan Borough President Scott
Stringer’s office researched 44 of the offending signs entered
in the competition. 79 percent had never been issued a
violation notice even though they were clearly illegal. Since
then the Buildings Department (DOB) has been cracking down
on illegal ads and is considering creating its own “gallery of
shame” by posting pictures of illegal signs on its own website.
Photos: Margaret Hayden
Adopt-A-Monument and Mural
This summer a major restoration of the James Gordon
Bennett Monument (The “Bellringers”), 1894, by sculptor
Jean-Anton Carles and architect of the redesigned base
Aymar Embury II, 1940, is made possible by George Trescher’s
legacy gift to the Adopt-A-Monument Program. Work began
in May and is scheduled for completion by September. The
bronze figures are being conserved by Wilson Conservation,
LLC, who have completed several restoration projects under
the Adopt Program; and the stone cleaned and repointed by
Integrated Conservation Resources.
Photo: Wilson Conservation, LLC.
Photo: Jasper Goldman
“When it is good, New York is very,
very good. Which is why New Yorkers
put up with so much that is bad.”
– Ada Louise Huxtable
Photo: Jasper Goldman
Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance
More than 13 million people in New York and New Jersey live
on or near the water, and MWA is committed to promoting
a sustainable, working waterfront for all of them. On both
sides of the harbor, MWA has built an awareness of critical
shorefront issues through public education, demonstration
projects, issue conferences and the highly respected website,
Carter Craft continues to serve MWA as director of
programming and operations. MWA joins a distinguished
group of independent organizations that were incubated at
MAS, including the New York Landmarks Conservancy and the
Historic Districts Council.
Harbor Camp
Almost 2,000 students experienced Harbor Camp, a
waterfront-themed summer program of educational,
recreational and cultural activities, in July and August. The
program offers participants boat voyages, fishing adventures,
aquarium visits, coastal camping trips, and other events,
many focusing on the environment, water-safety and handson activities.
Among the MWA’s 12 waterfront partners were the Brooklyn
Bridge Park Conservancy, the Lower East Side Ecology Center,
Liberty Landing Marina, and the Schooner Adirondack. The
sixteen youth program partners included the Police Athletic
League, the city’s Housing Authority, and the city’s Park’s and
Recreation Department.
Roland Lewis
Photo: Habitat-NY
“I think that New York is the
city of all cities. There is so
much diversity there.”
Harbor Camp is made possible through the generous funding
provided by the Heckscher Foundation for Children.
– Kevin Johnson
Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance
MWA Gets President for Launch as an Independent
Former executive director of Habitat for Humanity-New
York City, Roland Lewis became president and CEO of the
Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance (MWA) in May. Since 1999,
MWA has been a project of the MAS, and was launched as an
independent organization on April 1.
MAS hosted two major advocacy exhibits at Urban Center Galleries in the past 12 months — both with maritime themes. The
first, Waterfront in Transition: Developing Brooklyn’s Green Crescent, re-stated the goals of a 2005 MAS advocacy initiative
with the local community, calling for the construction of a 1.6 mile-long waterfront greenway connecting the two rezoned
The second, Redesigning the Edge: MWA and the One River Project, illustrated new ways to reinvigorate urban waterways,
highlighting the MWA’s work on the Harlem River, New York, and the One River Project’s efforts on the Blackstone River in
Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Urban Center Galleries hosted several other New York City-focused exhibits in the last year on such diverse subjects as, the
changing architecture of Times Square theaters, increasing connectivity between regional rail networks, and security design in
city public spaces.
Exhibitions and Programs
Additional exhibits, Urban Eyes: Projects From the Academy of Urban Planning, Lost In Transition: Williamsburg and Carroll
Gardens, and Investigating Where We Live 2006: Shop ‘Til You Drop, displayed photographs and text outlining how middle- and
high-school students relate to their urban environment.
MAS also hosted two important advocacy programs in the past year, including Is Locally-Owned Retail Doomed in New York
City?, a panel discussion of the rise of national chain stores in New York City, and, Coney Island: On the Cusp of Change,
focusing on how to safeguard the area’s cultural heritage in the context of the city’s planning process.
Exhibit to Honor Jane Jacobs
MAS will unveil a major public education and civic engagement project in September 2007 to honor the legacy and relevance of
author and activist Jane Jacobs. It comes at a time of unprecedented growth and redevelopment in the city, and on the heels of
a reassessment of the legacy of city planner Robert Moses.
Photo: Annie Nyborg
The highly successful 50th anniversary series of MAS walking tours concluded in early fall with tours of the East Village, Third
Avenue, the architecture of Upper Fifth Avenue, and the towers and townhouses on the Upper East Side.
In October, the Richmond County Savings Foundation awarded MAS a $25,000 grant to develop and conduct a series of six
walking, bus and boat tours on Staten Island. The series, Staten Island: Beyond the Boat and Bridge, began in late April with
an inaugural lecture on the borough’s history by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Mike Wallace. The well-received tours are
continuing to inform participants about the least-known borough by taking them behind-the-scenes at many of Staten Island’s
celebrated sites, as well as inside private homes and other historic buildings.
Another new tour series, Skyscraper National Park, also began in the last year, offering the inside line on how Manhattan’s
signature skyline developed, the architects behind the towers, and the technological advances in construction techniques that
made building them possible.
Photo: Michael Szilagyi
MAS continued to offer a mix of new and tried and tested courses on aspects of New York City’s built environment to the public
in the past year. Evolution of the Urban Grid: Understanding NYC’s Medieval and Baroque Precedents, a new three-part course
with professor Carl Riobo of Barnard College, examined the origins of the divide between rationally-planned urban streetscapes
north of 14th Street in Manhattan and the organic maze of streets to the south.
Another new course, Getting There: New York City’s Transit System, explored how the city was planned and grew, and is served
by the transportation infrastructure. Dr. Jonathan R. Peters of the College of Staten Island, and research fellow at the University
Transportation Research Center at CUNY, and course participants, considered the impact of commuting on the New York City
region over two lectures and explored the region’s alternative forms of public transportation during a weekend tour.
The perennially-popular Urban Genealogy: An Introduction to Researching Buildings in New York City, with former director of
Survey at the Landmarks Preservation Commission Anthony Robins, was held again in February and March, culminating in a
field trip to the Manhattan Department of Buildings and the Municipal Archives.
Photo: Giles Ashford
Photo: Jasper Goldman
“Each man reads his own meaning into New York.”
– Meyer Berger
Urban Center Books
Urban Center Books (UCB) has been a valuable resource for professionals and laypersons alike since 1980, stocking books on a
wide range of architecture and related subjects. It maintains a vital role in the discussion of architecture in the city and around
the world through lectures, panel discussions and book launches featuring renowned architects and authors. In the past 12
months, it has held programs on subjects as varied as the effects of suburban sprawl, rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane
Katrina, New York City’s water supply system, and the legacy of late historic preservationist James Marston Fitch.
The MAS Reference Library is becoming a much-used source of information on New York City’s built and natural environments
with an increasing number of inquiries being fielded by staff, particularly from local and international media as well as graduate
The heart of the library remains its immense collection of clippings which are culled primarily from 33 city dailies and
neighborhood weeklies. Following NYC’s spate of real estate development, clipping activity in the past year has been especially
robust, with, for example, thousands of stories added about Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards, Manhattan’s Far West Side, and
preservation battles and community activism everywhere.
The project to catalog the Society’s own records is now in its second year with some 1,000 items archived — a small beginning
for this long-range initiative to preserve MAS’s own history and many achievements for posterity.
The Information Exchange
Again this year library operations were aided greatly by a grant from the Greenacre Foundation, and, for the first time, the Reed
Photo: Joshua McHugh
MAS Urbanist Steering
Committee Members
Gregg Solomon, Chair
Andrew Bart
George de Brigard
Sarah Cornell
Jennifer Roesner Curry
Jeremy Edmunds
Sarah Eisinger
Lawrence Fabbroni
Julia Noran
Alison Novak
Sally Smith
Natalie Trojan
MAS Urbanist Members
David Alpert
Michael Arad
Woongkyoo Bae
Andrew I. Bart
Sherry Bertner
Katrina R. Boggiano
Karin L. Bonner
Helen P. Brown
Christine Cachot Williams
Steven M. Caldwell
Claire Campbell
Dimple Chaudhary
Carenn K. Chu
Andrew J. Chvatal
Sarah Cornell
David Cunningham
Jennifer R. Curry
Timothy W. Daniels
Allison Davis
George de Brigard
Chad W. DiStefano
Alicia Doherty
David L. Duncan
Jeremy S. Edmunds
Will Elkins
Lawrence J. Fabbroni
Roberta A. Fennessy
Michael K. Ferry
Luke Fichthorn
Danielle Galland
Steve Garza
Campbell Gibson
Jared Gilbert
Ambika Goel
Betty Gonzales
Dawne M. Grannum
Mary J. Grendell
Robert Halper
Michael J. Harbut
Mark S. Hochberg
Jeanne Jahr
Ann M. Jordan
Suzanne Karotkin
Ian L. Kelly
Yejin Kim
Matthew B. Kirby
Neil P. Kittredge
Dana B. Krieger
Beth Kustina
Eric S. Lee
Sara L. Lev
Lucy Maher
Megan Mann
Mark Mannino
Matthew V. McGowen
Melinda Mellman
Elizabeth A. Michel
Jodie Misiak
Jorge I. Montalvo
Patrick Moroney
Jeremy Nemeth
Daniel A. Nickolich
Julia Noran
Alison Novak
Alex O’Briant
Mary O’Donnell
Kathryn R. O’Donnell
“The great city can teach
something that no university
by itself can altogether impart… a vivid sense of our
absolute dependence on
one another.”
– Seth Low
Nicholas D. Ohly
Patricia O’Kicki
Jorge Otero-Pailos
Corinne T. Packard
John T. Pallante
Peter B. Paris
Joanna Pertz
Jonathan Prager
Courtney Reed
Justin A. Rockefeller
Frank Ruchala
Ellen P. Ryan
Nellie Sanchis
Zina Sapir
Gideon F. Shapiro
David Shotland
William M. Silverman
Marijke A. Smit
Sally J. Smith
Gregg Solomon
Richard F. Spettell
Carolyn Sponza
Travis Stabler
Randall I. Stempler
Lisa Storer
Katie A. Storey
Allison W. Strasenburgh
David E. Stutzman
Sean Sullivan
Adam Szlachetka
Natalie Trojan
Laetitia Vellut
D’Juro Villaran-Rokovich
Carl Wagoner
Scott Watson
Henry M. White
Adam Woodward
Robert D. Young
MAS Urbanists
The MAS Urbanists are a special membership group for young professionals in their 20s and 30s. Created to engage the next
generation of MAS leaders, the Urbanists play a pivotal role in the advocacy initiatives of the MAS.
MAS Annual Awards 2007
The Greenmarkets Program
Since the first one opened thirty years ago, Greenmarkets
have become such a vital part of the city that it’s hard to
imagine what New Yorkers did for fresh produce before
they appeared. Currently a program of the Council on
the Environment of New York City, the Greenmarkets now
offer residents and restaurateurs fresh produce in many
neighborhoods across the city, often playing a pivotal role in
rejuvenating those areas. The Strand Book Store
Celebrating its eightieth anniversary this year, the Strand
remains a fiercely independent family business. Owner Fred
Bass and his daughter, Nancy Bass Wyden, oversee a New
York institution with over 200 employees, more than 2.5
million used, new and rare books, a renovated main store
and a growing author events program. MAS congratulates
them on their anniversary and wishes them success as they
continue to serve book-lovers for another 80 years.
Carlton Brown, CEO of Full Spectrum Development A specialist in sustainability and urban renewal, Mr. Brown
has dedicated the last 10 years to proving that developers can
deliver quality housing that is both affordable and sustainable.
He is committed to building housing that connects urban
African Americans with their cultural heritage and the hightech world, as he believes that people should live and work in
environments that they truly value.
The W. Allison and Elizabeth Stubbs Davis Award: James
“Buddy” Keaton.
Annually, the Stubbs Davis award recognizes a New York
City Department of Parks and Recreation employee who has
shown extraordinary dedication to serving the users of the
park system. This year, we salute James “Buddy” Keaton for
his tireless devotion to bringing sports to the young people of
Brooklyn. In both recreation centers and the borough’s many
parks and playgrounds, the programs he has developed have
provided kids with self-confidence and opened doors for them
to new educational and social opportunities.
Annual Awards Committee
Frances Resheske, Chair
Erica Avrami
Elizabeth A. Berger
Kitty Hawks
Anthony C. M. Kiser
Marianna Koval
Jeffrey Rosenstock
Christoper Ward
Gary J. Zarr
Photos: The Greenmarkets Program, The Strand
Book Store, Full Spectrum Development, Take the
Field, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
MAS Annual Awards 2007
Take the Field
Take the Field, Inc. was a private, non-profit organization that
rebuilt public high school athletic fields throughout the five
boroughs. We celebrate them for offering thousands of New
York City school students the opportunity to get involved
in athletic programs that would not otherwise have been
available. Having completed its program, the organization
ceased operations earlier this year.
MAS has established several awards and prizes that recognize the extraordinary contributions of individuals and organizations
to New York City’s quality of life.
The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal
From Central Park’s Pinetum and Conservatory Garden, to the courtyards and a greenhouse at Barnard College, the Conifer
Arboretum at the New York Botanical Garden, the restored terrace and garden at the Cooper Hewitt, and the elegant Arthur
Ross Terrace at the American Museum of Natural History, so much of New York City’s livability has been touched by Janet and
Arthur Ross.
As strong proponents of classical architecture, they have generously supported the Municipal Art Society’s efforts to ensure
that the landmark Farley Post Office Building is transformed into the new Moynihan Station. Through their involvement in the
United Nations Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Asia Society, the Rosses have served as ambassadors for
this global city they call home.
In recognition of these outstanding contributions to New York City, the MAS presented the 2006 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Medal to philanthropists and civic leaders Janet and Arthur Ross. Their energy, spirit and unwavering commitment to the city
richly deserve the Society’s highest award.
The award ceremony took place at the MAS Annual Dinner in October in the magnificent Art Deco lobby of Eleven Madison
MASterwork Awards
Launched in 2001 to recognize the best of the city’s new architecture and design, this year’s MASterwork Awards were
presented at an open-air reception at Fifth Avenue Plaza, General Motors Building, in early May. We thank Helaba, an
international commercial bank for their support of the awards for the second year running. The winners were:
• Best New Building: The Hearst Tower, 300 West 57th Street, Manhattan. Lord Norman Foster, drawing on the approach
he developed for his acclaimed Reichstag restoration in Berlin, succeeded brilliantly in creating a tower that establishes a
creative dialogue between old and new, marrying the original limestone with modern glass.
• Best Privately Owned Public Space: Fifth Avenue Plaza, General Motors Building, 767 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan. The vision
for the redesigned plaza, which was lowered to street level and adorned with two reflecting pools and moveable furniture,
has been realized as a first-class public space that beautifully integrates the adjacent Apple store. It is a wonderfully
creative combination of public amenity and private retail.
• Best Neighborhood Catalyst: Fairway Market, 480-500 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn. The developer converted an abandoned,
city-owned warehouse into a sought-after Brooklyn destination for both local residents and tourists. By reusing the
warehouse to accommodate a Fairway Market, an outdoor café and apartments, the project takes full advantage of its
unique waterfront location, creating an on-site ferry dock offering Water Taxi service on weekends.
• Best Commercial Restoration: Battery Maritime Building, 10 South Street, Manhattan. The city painstakingly restored
and stabilized the historic exterior of the structure, replicating its original architectural expression and paint scheme. This
noteworthy 1908 landmark is primed for an exciting commercial adventure.
MASterwork Awards Committee
Helena Rose Durst
Susan Rodriguez
Jonathan Marvel
Billie Tsien
Mohsen Mostafavi
The Evangeline Blashfield Award
Majora Carter, founder of Sustainable South Bronx and tireless advocate for her community and the environment, was honored
with the 2006 Evangeline Blashfield Award. Before founding Sustainable South Bronx in 2001, Majora worked with other
groups in the area, including The Point, where she wrote a $1.25 million federal grant to design the South Bronx Greenway. She
received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2005.
Evangeline Blashfield Award Committee
Laurie Beckelman
Hugh Hardy
Margaret C. Ayers
John L. Moore, III
Diane M. Coffey
Adele Chatfield-Taylor
Gail Gregg
Joyce F. Menschel
Duane Hampton
Bille Tsien
Brendan Gill Prize Jury
Randall Bourscheidt, Chair
Jessica Choa
Tom Finkelman
Jane Gullong
Paul Gunther
John Haworth
Kinshasha Holman Conwill
Suketu Mehta
Helen S. Tucker
The Brendan Gill Prize
The 2006 Brendan Gill Prize honored Christo and Jeanne-Claude for The Gates — the first grand scale public art project of the
21st century, a one-time exhibition that inspired New Yorkers and the rest of the world to exultation and goodwill. For sixteen
shining days, February 12-28, 2005, the billowing saffron of The Gates metamorphosed Central Park into a museum without
walls. Named for late The New Yorker drama and architecture critic, keen cultural observer, and long-serving MAS trustee, the
Brendan Gill Prize, now in its 19th year, is awarded annually to encourage innovative artistic responses to urban life.
Menapace Legal Fellow Katie Kendall
The MAS is delighted to have been joined by Katie Kendall in 2006 as the Ralph C. Menapace Fellow for Legal Affairs. Before
arriving at the MAS, Katie clerked for the Honorable J. Garvan Murtha for the United States District Court, District of Vermont,
and recently received her L.L.M. in Environmental Law at Vermont Law School. Katie received her law degree from Brooklyn
Law School in 2004 and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from Wittenberg University in 2001.
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Photo: Jasper Goldman
Preservation Committee
Charles A. Platt and Judith
Saltzman, Co-Chairs
Norma Barbacci
Francis Booth
Peg Breen
Richard Wilson Cameron
Darby Curtis
Ward Dennis
Mary B. Dierickx
Andrew Dolkart
Franny Eberhart
Renee Christine Epps
Anne Fairfax
Harold Fredenburgh
Margot Gayle
Joan Geismar
Michael George
Michael B. Gerrard
Charles A. Gifford
Diane Kaese
John Kriskiewicz
Jeffrey Kroessler
Roger Lang
Ken Lustbader
Hermes Mallea
Jonathan Marvel
Dorothy M. Miner
Edward T. Mohylowski
Christopher Neville
Otis Pratt Pearsall, Esq.
Peter Pennoyer
Jean Parker Phifer
Marci Reaven
Stephen M. Raphael
Nina Rappaport
John T. Reddick
Jacob Tilove
Susan Tunick
Kevin Wolfe
Law Committee
Michael B. Gerrard, General
Vicki Been
Antonia Levine Bryson
Albert K. Butzel
Christopher Collins
Edward N. Costikyan
Gordon J. Davis
Robert Davis
Richard Emery
Stephen P. Foley
Michael S. Gruen
Philip K. Howard
Brad M. Hoylman
Steve Kass
Charles B. Katzenstein
Holly M. Leicht
Marilyn W. Levy Andrew M. Manshel
Norman Marcus
John E. Merow
Nancy Miller
Eileen D. Millet
Dorothy M. Miner
David Nissenbaum
Dennis C. O’Donnell
Otis Pratt Pearsall
Stephen M. Raphael
Christopher Rizzo
Nicholas A. Robinson
Carol Rosenthal
Ross Sandler
Alan Siegel
Bruce H. Simon
E. Gail Suchman
David P. Warner
Philip Weinberg
Streetscapes Committee
Albert K. Butzel and Andrew
M. Manshel, Co-Chairs
Frank Addeo
Barbara Adler
Mark Bunnell
Michael S. Gruen
Barbara Knecht
Nicholas Quennell
Planning Committee
Richard Bass
Albert K. Butzel
Majora Carter
Jocelyne Chait
David M. Childs
Jerome Deutsch
William Donohoe
Kenneth Fisher
Adam Friedman
Michael B. Gerrard
Hugh Hardy
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John Shapiro
Ethel Sheffer
Robert Speyer
Jane Stanicki
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Joe Weisbord
John Pettit West
Named for the first president of the Municipal Art Society, the Richard Morris Hunt Patron’s program is an inner circle of our
most dedicated supporters whose financial support is crucial to our efforts. We are especially proud that our Patrons not only
make a philanthropic commitment to the MAS, but also have an abiding interest in the issues and people that shape our urban
landscape. That’s why we create opportunities for our Patrons to get an inside look at the work that we do through private
events with the city’s foremost urban planners and master architects (like MAS board member, David Childs), and invitations
to our annual Livable City Luncheon. These special events give our Patrons a unique perspective on critical developments in
architecture, urban planning and historic preservation.
Richard Morris Hunt Patrons
To become a Richard Morris Hunt Patron, please contact Lisa Alpert at 212-935-3960 or [email protected]
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This report was written by
MAS staff. It was edited and
assembled by Jonathan Sills
and Brian Connolly.
Layout and design was by
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