Municipal Art Society

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    What's Happening to the Light-Up 9/11 Memorial?

    ​The ten-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is coming up in less than a month. Every year, the fallen Twin Towers have been memorialized with twin beams of light shooting up into the sky overnight; the "Tribute in Light" is organized by the Municipal Art Society (MAS) and has returned annually v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Attack of the Subway Video Ads: Cash Cow or "Invasion"?

    ​The announcement that video ads are coming to the subway--in the form of playoff baseball highlights beamed by TBS to specially equipped cars on the 42nd Street Shuttle--was met mostly with goggling over the technology that embeds TV screens in train car walls, mixed with plaintive sighs that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Migrating Birds Totally Confused by 9/11 Tribute Lights

    Copyright 2010 John de Guzman via Animal PlanetClick to Enlarge​In an impressive and unsettling display, over 10,000 migrating birds became stuck in the light-led vortex of the 9/11 tribute beams that momentarily paused their trip south. The New York City Audubon worked with the Municipal Art Soci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2009

    Atlantic Yards Combatants Finally Forced To Sit Through State Senate Hearing

    The footprint. Image via Atlantic Yards or Atlantic Lots. Yesterday was the long-awaited — like, six years long — first state legislative hearing on Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards project, with State Senator Bill Perkins convening his Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions Committee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    New Moynihan Train Station Getting Closer

    Moynihan Station projection from the Municipal Art Society. Remember that Moynihan Station people have been trying for years to put at the site of the Farley Post Office at 34th Street? The project that's supposed to restore some of the glory eradicated when the old, beautiful Penn Station was des ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Coney Fans Offer New Plans

    image (cc) Mark Kehoe A petting zoo for cloned animals? A giant apple orchard? A freak show with yuppies in a cage? Some futuristic-looking NeoGothic towers? When a group of people gathered in Our Lady of Solace Church on Mermaid Avenue last night to discuss the future of Coney Island, the lines be ... More >>

  • News

    August 12, 2008

    New York City's Struggle to Take Down Illegal Billboards

    City government and citizen vigilantes wage a losing battle against Clear Channel and illegal ads

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2007

    Coney Island Lives! Astroland, Maybe Not

    The remains of go-kart rides demolished by Thor Equities await the city's rezoning decision. Last night, the somewhat unlikely pairing of the Municipal Art Society (representing white-haired Manhattan urban planning geeks) and Coney Island USA (representing a different kind of geek) sponsored "Cone ... More >>

  • News

    January 2, 2007

    Has Tom Wolfe Blown It?

    In the author's latest foray into combat, it's his fame he's fighting to preserve

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2006

    Atlantic Yards: Silver Makes a Deal

    . . . Trade the horse, at left, for this rubber stamp Critics of Bruce Ratner's enormous development plan for Atlantic Yards, including the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Municipal Art Society, and the Regional Plan Association, had called on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2006
  • News

    December 24, 2002

    Design for Living

    Could The World Trade Center Become The World Cultural Center?

  • Specials

    July 23, 2002
  • News

    May 1, 2001

    Sacking a Saint

    Giuliani Team Blows a Chance to Protect a Real Catholic Legacy

  • News

    September 5, 2000

    Field of Drums

    Seminal Nuyorican Musicians Steal Home a Half-Century After Stickball, to the South Bronx Blocks That Spawned Them

  • News

    September 7, 1999

    Shadow of the Ivory Tower

    NYU'S building frenzy blocks the sun and burns the community