Purple People Eaters
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.
Wonderful Moments in Public Speaking
Three of the Western world’s premier cultural institutions—New York University, the Guggenheim and the Louvre—are in various stages of setting up shop on Sa’adiyat (“Happiness”) Island in Abu Dhabi, forming what has been described as a “highbrow cultural theme park” in the desert city-state. The deals that the Guggenheim and NYU cut with the emir are not news. Petro-potentates started collecting liberal institutions as the latest Western must-have a decade ago.
New York City icon, author and essayist Fran Lebowitz needs little in the way of introduction. Via ANIMAL New York, she recently made an appearance at Soho bookstore McNally Jackson for the release of the book ‘While We Were Sleeping: NYU and the Destruction of New York,‘ which was written by a group of NYU faculty members (but of course) who are in opposition to the university’s president, John Sexton. Ms. Lebowitz was her usual fiery self, which is to say utterly captivating and refreshingly impassioned.
Thirteen college presidents, including NYU’s John Sexton, sent a letter to the Labor Department this week discouraging further regulation of unpaid internships:
While we share your concerns about the potential for exploitation, our institutions take great pains to ensure students are placed in secure and productive environments that further their education. We Read More
For the past three years, New York University has been massaging Greenwich Village.
The school, with a beefed up community affairs operation, has thrown bones to preservation groups (consenting to the landmarking of a large NYU block); adjusted plans to demolish a building with a theater when faced with opposition; and held a recurring set Read More
New York University’s crown-prince-funded Abu Dhabi branch won’t see students until next summer, but yesterday the school held an opening ceremony and dedication at its downtown (downtown Abu Dhabi) campus.
NYU President John Sexton, a big personality who’s staked a lot on a big plan, talked up some benefits more tangible than Read More
Developers are getting a chunk of extra time to bid on Hunter College’s Brookdale campus site, a 4.2-acre city block in Kips Bay that CUNY is seeking to sell.
CUNY, which owns the property and put out a request for proposals in December, has extended its bid deadline from March 7 to May 22, Read More
A team of New York Times metro and investigation reporters and editors have been working since yesterday afternoon to break the story of Eliot Spitzer’s alleged involvement with a prostitution ring, according to a newsroom source.
The group of editors were led by metro editor Joe Sexton, politics editor Mary Ann Giordano (former Observer managing Read More
Location: There are a lot of New Yorkers who see NYU as a real-estate developer, as a sort of a boogeyman that builds a lot of big buildings. Is this an image you have to root out?
Mr. Sexton: We don’t see ourselves as players in real estate—the kind of people your column deals Read More
If New York University Law School dean Richard Revesz were to squeal with glee, it would be the onomatopoeic form of the e-mail he sent to his faculty on Monday morning.
“I am very pleased to share the fabulous news that Professor Jeremy Waldron has accepted our tenured offer and will join us in Fall Read More