Silicon Alley U
We’ve already seen the power of dramatic videos to win over the city in its quest for a tech campus. It’s not the only reason Cornell won, but these sure don’t hurt the cause. Now, N.Y.U. is out with its own video, admittedly quirky (the campus is in Brooklyn after all). Would you send your nerd here?
Walking through the two N.Y.U. superblocks just north of Houston Street can be both a tranquil and oppressive experience. Surrounded by brusque, mid-century apartment buildings many times taller than the townhouses and loft buildings surrounding them, the open space at the Silver Towers and Washington Square Village is not exactly inviting.
Created by some of the greatest landscape architects of their day, these spaces are, to put it mildly, challenging. Like the modernist architects redefining what buildings should look like in the middle of the last century, so too did these landscape architects, favoring viny slopes and more concrete than vegetation in places. At the corner of Houston Street and LaGuardia Place, Alan Sonfist’s Time Landscape, which to most New Yorkers may look like an overgrown thatch, is actually a celebrated space taught in design and art schools around the world.
These “parks” need, if not improving, at least updating. That is a big part of N.Y.U.’s pitch to the community as it works to rezone the area, one of the most vicious Village NIMBY fights since Robert Moses built these superblocks half a century ago.
Still, does that mean N.Y.U. can bend the truth when talking about the project?
It Takes a Village
N.Y.U has been rather busy of late. The school is still vying to get its Downtown Brooklyn tech campus approved by the Bloomberg administration and yesterday its hulking Greenwich Village expansion was certified by the City Planning Commission, meaning months of acrimonious NIMBYing are ahead.
As if that were not enough, the school has just released designs for a new dentistry school at 433 First Avenue, the latest addition to its healthcare campus on the Middle East Side.
Ice Cream!Ice Cream
Washington Square Park is about to get sweeter. Häagen-Dazs will occupy 1,824 square feet, split between the ground floor and the lower level, on 55 East Eighth Street. The building, along a retail strip between University Place and Broadway, already has a Chipotle and a Cosi inside.
The ice cream chain will Read More
Well, they did create a Web site, you have to hand them that. Last week, a few dozen New York University students, along with students from other universities looking for a lark with maybe some hummus and hippie chicks on the side, barricaded themselves inside a dining hall in N.Y.U.’s Kimmel Center on Washington Square Read More
Michael Bloomberg is hosting a week-long celebration of bloggers! Well, of digital media. Today, the mayor kicked off Internet Week New York.
“There is no better time to celebrate our digital media sector, and these events will serve to better connect the various digital companies and online participants that make up the City’s thriving Read More
Manhattan is no longer big enough for NYU.
The Greenwich Village-based university recently purchased 58 units at the soon-to-open Riverwalk Landing condominium on Roosevelt Island as part of a new faculty housing program. Under the Riverwalk Landing Purchase Program, the school will resell the units to N.Y.U. faculty at below-market value. And it only Read More
New York University announced on Thursday the team that it will be using to draw up a master plan for the university’s use of space over the next 25 years, which will, it sounds like, entail some expansion.
“It’s about faculty space and classroom space,” said Kelly Franklin, an N.Y.U. spokeswoman. “In the near term, Read More