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Celebrating George McAneny’s New York

December 15, 2019

In conjunction with Friends of George McAneny, and in honor of his 150th Birthday, join The Municipal Art Society for a tour celebrating the life and legacy of George McAneny (1869–1953), the foremost planner and preservationist of his generation, who served as President of the Municipal Art Society, and was honored as “a friend beyond compare” to the City of New York. In addition to his role at MAS, McAneny held a wide variety of municipal offices, including Manhattan Borough President, President of the Board of Aldermen, and President of the City Club. He was the first head of the Transit Commission, and first head of the Regional Plan Association, and founded the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

From historic monuments to human-scale development, McAneny was dedicated to creating and maintaining a livable city. His planning genius influenced New York’s Art Deco skyline and laid the groundwork for the modern transit system. On this tour of Lower Manhattan, led by Lucie Levine, attendees will see how McAneny shaped the city center, by connecting it to the outer boroughs like never before, and went toe to toe with Robert Moses, spearheading the modern preservation movement in the process.

Sunday December 15, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Location provided upon registration
Details & registration

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George McAneny. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, The World's Work.

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