Of all the development skirmishes that have been fought during the Bloomberg era, the most fun to watch has, without question, been the ongoing battle between NYU and its neighbors. What could make for better viewing than a fight between college co-eds and celebrities? Even public comment sessions, the hours-long airing of grievances dreaded by reporters, became must-see TV when attended by the likes of Susan Sarandon, Matthew Broderick and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who along with the NYU professors, have taken up the Bohemian charge to save the neighborhood from president John Sexton and his grotesque plans. Read More
Purple People Eaters
If you thought that the war over New York University’s expansion in and around the Greenwich Village was over, think again: the university’s banner “NYU 2031″ plan to add infill buildings to its superblock may be over (okay, well, almost over), but skirmishes continue on the periphery, and two battles that broke out over the past week showing no sign of abating.
The first battle involved the new South Village historic district, which preservationists wanted to go hand-in-hand with the Hudson Square rezoning. Preservationists claimed that the rezoning, in addition to endowing property owners with millions of square feet of residential development rights in exchange for ensuring that nothing like the Trump SoHo would ever happen again, would imperil the unprotected historic neighborhood next door. Read More
New York City urbanists could be forgiven for experiencing a bit of déjà vu last week when New York University announced the launch of the Marron Institute on Cities and the Urban Environment. The new center, made possible by a $40 million gift from financier billionaire Donald B. Marron, will join a panoply of urban studies centers at the university, and be headed up by Richard Revesz, whose tenure as dean of NYU School of Law ends in May.
Speaking by phone with The Observer, Mr. Revesz said that the Marron Institute will lead three subordinate, already-existing NYU programs: the Center for Urban Science and Progress, the Institute for Public Knowledge and the Urbanization Project. Read More
Nearly a year ago, N.Y.U. unveiled its expansion plan for the next 25 years, which would add 6 million square to the university–already the third-largest landowner in the city, behind the Catholic Church and Columbia. The plan was met with immediate outcry from the Greenwich Village community–which had worked for years to help Read More
In the ongoing battle between NYU and its Village neighbors, the community had generally been rolled by the powerful, politically connected university, which has built massive buildings throughout the largely low-rise neighborhood. Well, score one for the little guys, thanks in part to a big name.
The university will now be moving forward with alternative Read More
Earlier today, New York University filed plans with the Landmarks Preservation Commission for the Grimshaw-designed fourth tower at I.M. Pei’s Silver Towers site, the centerpiece of the campus’ 2030 expansion plan. After sweet talking locals for Read More