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Municipal Art Society Report: A Bold Vision for the Future in East Midtown

Municipal Art Society Report: A Bold Vision for the Future in East Midtown

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In the summer of 2012, the New York City Department of City Planning issued a new planning framework that calls for a significant upzoning of East Midtown’s office core – roughly between 39th Street to 57th Street from 5th Avenue to 3rd Avenue. This upzoning would allow the development of some of the largest new buildings in New York City – radically transforming the skyline, and altering some of the city’s most iconic streets.

The Municipal Art Society has written a thorough and thoughtful response the city's proposal that you can download here.
In the summer of 2012, the New York City Department of City Planning issued a new planning framework that calls for a significant upzoning of East Midtown’s office core – roughly between 39th Street to 57th Street from 5th Avenue to 3rd Avenue. This upzoning would allow the development of some of the largest new buildings in New York City – radically transforming the skyline, and altering some of the city’s most iconic streets.

The Municipal Art Society has written a thorough and thoughtful response the city's proposal that you can download here.

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Published by: The Municipal Art Society of New York on Feb 27, 2013
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EASTMIDTOWN..
ABOLD VISIONFORTHEFUTURE
 
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THEFUTUREOFEASTMIDTOWN
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EXECUTIVESUMMARY&RECOMMENDATIONS
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THERISEOFMIDTOWN
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ARE-INVIGORATEDPUBLICREALM
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ACONNECTEDEASTMIDTOWN
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AVIBRANTMIX
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DESIGNFORTHENEXTCENTURY 
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RESOURCES
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CREDITS
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
 ABOUTMAS
TheMunicipalArtSocietyoNewYorkoundedin893isanon-proit5(c)(3)membershiporganizationthatightsoramorelivableNewYorkandadvocatesorintelligenturbanplanningdesignandpreservation.Since893MAShasbeenworkingtomakeNewYorkamorelivablecity.Pleasevisitmas.orgtolearnaboutouruniquehistoryandsuccessesromchampioningtheirstmunicipalZoningCodetosavingGrandCentral.©3TheMunicipalArtSocietyoNewYorkW.57thStreetNewYorkNY9T-935-39mas.org
FEBRUARY 2013
 
The Future o 
EASTMIDTOWN
THEIMPORTANCEOF
maintainingEastMidtownasapremierbusinessaddressisundeniable.Theareanotonlysup-ports250,000jobsbutalsoservesasthegatewaytomillionsoworkersandvisi-tors.Withitsextraordinarylocationandabundantassets,itsitsattheheartotheregion’seconomyandcontributestothenation’seconomicvitality.Toensurethispositionintheaceoworldwidecompe-tition,MayorBloombergrecentlycalledorthearea’smodernization,aneorttobeaccomplishedthroughmajorzoningchanges,outlinedbutnotyetdetailed,bytheDepartmentoCityPlanning.TheDepartment’sideasrstdescribedpubliclylastJulyandsinceamplied,openedanimportantconversationthatMAS,asanorganizationcommittedtointelligenturbanplanning,designandpreservationinNewYorkCity,seekstoexpand.Atstakeiswhethertheproposalswillyieldthepromisedresults—MASearsthatintheabsenceoacareulandcomprehensivevision,theeortwillallshort.Aspresented,theproposalwithaocusonsingleusecommercialbuildings,limitedimprovementstothepublicrealmandtheabsenceoatrulyintegratedtransportationnetworkdoesnotcapturetheelementsthatwillensureanattrac-tive,vibrantandsuccessul21stcenturybusinessdistrictorgenerationstocome.MASurgestheMayorandtheDepart-mentoCityPlanningtore-examinethisapproachandworkwiththemanystake-holdersinvestedinMidtown’suturetodevelopaproposalthatisbuiltuponasetocoreprinciplesthathaveunderpinnedNewYorkCity’ssuccessordecades:
ARE-INVIGORATEDPUBLICREALM.
ImprovingtheexperienceoalloMid-townstreetsandinvestinginpublicspacewillhelpcreateanenvironmentwhichwillattractnewcompaniesandretainexistingrms.
ACONNECTEDMIDTOWN.
InvestmentininrastructurehasbeenthekeydriveroEastMidtown’sdevelopment.Futureinvestmentandreliableundingmech-anismstosecurethoseinvestmentsareessentialtothegrowthoMidtown.
AVIBRANTMIX.
AplanorMidtownshouldnourishthediversitythatdrawspeopleandbusinessestoNewYorkCity.Preservationisanimportanttoolinsus-tainingthismix.
DESIGNFORTHENEXTCENTURY.
Newdevelopmentshouldaspiretothehighestqualitydesignandenvironmentalstan-dards.Buildingsshouldconnecttotransit,improvethepedestrianexperience,andsupportanactivestreetlie.Densityshouldbeaddedonlywhereitcanunlockthemostvalueandiswithinanappropri-ateurbandesigncontext.Thepast20yearshaveseengreatchangesinbusinessneeds,romtech-nology,toglobalizationtoneighborhoodrevitalization.Eventenyearsago,itwouldhavebeenunthinkableorsomeothelargestcompaniesintheworldtomovetoChelseaorDumbo.Clearly,21stcenturybusinessesneedmorethanlargeoorplates—theyneedtobeinuniqueandinspiringneighborhoodswithgreatstreetsandpublicspaces,amixooldandnewbuildings,andefcienttrans-portation.Theexecutivesummaryandullreportthatollowoerdetailedback-groundandmanyrecommendationsthatampliytheseprinciples.AplanorMidtown’sutureneedstoaddresscomprehensivelythearea’stransportation,publicrealm,preser-vationandeconomicchallenges.Allotheseelementsarenotonlyattheheartoanoptimisticutureorthiskeyjobcenter,butarealsocentraltocreatingamorelivablecity.
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