The Air Up There
Cookin' Up Trouble
During the 1970s fiscal crisis, the city acquired significant quantities of property by way of owner abandonment and tax foreclosure, which it used in subsequent decades to subsidize affordable housing development. Virtually none of that land remains available today, however, and as we recently noted, the now-stratospheric cost of privately held land poses myriad obstacles to new affordable housing production, particularly in neighborhoods with good public schools, ready access to transportation and employment centers.
Top Chef’s host Padma Lakshmi served up a protest against NYU’s controversial expansion yesterday.
Nearly a dozen community groups are suing the city for allowing NYU’s $6 billion, 20-year expansion project to move forward. The expansion — which will affect sites such as the La Guardia Corner Gardens and the Mercer-Houston Dog Run — will include constructing four new buildings, adding 1,900 square feet of classrooms, dorms and a gym to the university’s campus.
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.
It Takes a Village
When Mayor Bloomberg announced the other day that the city would, in essence, provide New York University and its partners with a rent-free building for a new school of applied science in Brooklyn, a reporter asked why an elite school with a large endowment deserved such a sweet-sounding deal.
If Mr. Bloomberg was prepped for such a question, it showed. NYU, the mayor quickly noted, planned to spend $60 million of its own money to move Transit Authority equipment and city personnel out of the building it intends to occupy. “We should be saying thank you to them,” Mr. Bloomberg said.
Truth be told, NYU doesn’t need public expressions of gratitude.
Buzz on the street about New York University’s latest purchase turns out to be false!
If big purple already didn’t own most of Manhattan, it wasn’t much a shock to have learned from Gothamist that the school/corporation bought Cooper Union yesterday morning. A press release from a @cooper.edu rolled int Gothamist’s inbox and Read More
José Angel Santana, a theater professor at New York University, tells The New York Post that he got fired for giving James Franco a ‘D’ in a class called “Directing the Actor II.” Mr. Santana is now suing the university, saying that Mr. Franco missed 12 of the 14 classes.
Today The New York Times reports on the sad fate of Violet the red-tailed hawk, who nested on a window ledge at New York University last spring and raised a chick named Pip. The hawk cam is no longer active, but things have gotten bad for Violet, whose leg was previously infected by a wildlife band that appeared to cut off circulation (the band had been on her leg since 2006).
The media maxim that you haven’t made it until you have a Twitter doppelganger now applies to the stars of New York University campus journalism.
NYU Local, the student-produced news blog founded in 2008, acquired lively fake Twitter and Tumblr accounts this summer.
As far as social media satire goes, Fake NYU Local is less interested in mocking NYU Local than it is in stirring up trouble across campus.
This Friday, the earliest known images of Christ, from the year 240, go on view in New York for the first time, and they aren’t where you might expect them to be. They are part of a remarkable exhibition at the relatively obscure N.Y.U. Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, a jewel-box of a museum on East 84th Street whose mission, according to exhibitions director Dr. Jennifer Chi, is “to break down preconceived notions of antiquity.”
Richard Brodsky, a long-time Assemblyman who never hesitated to tell reporters how to cover the state capital, gets to shape the discussion at N.Y.U., as a senior fellow.
Brodsky gave up his seat to run, unsuccessfully for attorney general last year. The notably anti-Albany sentiment on the campaign trail made his bid particularly challenging. But Read More