Tonight, the Municipal Art Society presents the following Panel Discussion:

Solutions for Preserving New York’s Neighborhood Businesses

Monday, October 6, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., at the West Side Synagogue, 120 West 76th St. at Columbus Ave.

Chain stores and banks are an increasing threat to the unique character of diverse neighborhoods throughout New York City. By highlighting successful innovations that have been adopted elsewhere and exploring the distinct pressures faced by business owners, this program aims to provide local merchants, community members, and municipal representatives with tools and strategies to safeguard small-scale retail, drive economic development, and establish a constituency pushing for policy reform.
Moderator Adam Friedman, Executive Director of New York Industrial Retention Network, will lead an expert panel including: Vicki Weiner, Director of Planning and Preservation, Pratt Center for Community Development; John Shapiro, Chair, Graduate Center for Planning and Environment, and Partner of Phillips Preiss Shapiro Associates; Makalé Faber Cullen, Director of Social Ventures, Center for the Urban Environment; and Tom Cowell, Economic Development Policy Analyst, Office of the Manhattan Borough President. FREE. Reserve your place online.