“Would you like a piece of bread?” Felix says, as if we had just been seated at a restaurant and etiquette required asking this before he could butter a roll for himself.
Howard's Rear End
Mike Figueroa showed me his wooden penis in a Starbucks on the southeast corner of Washington Square Park. He removed it from a Dopp kit he carried in a round-backed plastic backpack. The backpack had a sticker on it that read, “I’m Just Me.”
Mike, who is 44, wore a yarmulke clipped into his short Read More
Every knowledge-based institution, whether government, business or nonprofit, engages in a fierce battle for top talent. As deputy mayor for economic development and rebuilding for New York City and chief executive officer of Bloomberg LP, I’ve seen firsthand that the better the people, the better the institution. That is why I find recent criticisms of Read More
An NYU spokesman has just exclusively informed The Observer that Geoffrey Miller will keep his post at the university.
As reported earlier today, Dr. Miller, a visiting evolutionary psychology professor at NYU, is under fire for divulging his distasteful feelings on the PhD application process.
His since-deleted tweet read: “Dear obese PhD applicants: If you don’t Read More
It seems that for NYU’s PhD programs, fat people need not apply.
Geoffrey Miller, a visiting evolutionary psychology professor at NYU, is under fire for divulging his distasteful feelings yesterday on the PhD application process.
The since-deleted tweet read: “Dear obese PhD applicants: If you don’t have the willpower to stop eating carbs, Read More
This art history professor might be a little too interested in the female form.
Medieval Art expert and NYU professor Ross Finocchio, 34, was arrested for spying on two women, ages 26 and 28, in the dressing rooms of Beacon’s Closet, a West Village boutique. He is accused of hiding his iPhone in his shoe and 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.
Remember when hyperlocal blogs were the future of news? Well, although The New York Times ended their partnership with New York University’s hyperlocal East Village blog after two and a half years, New York magazine is picking up the slack—and changing the name to something catchier, reports Nieman Lab’s Adrienne LaFrance.
Later this spring, the blog will relaunch under New York’s umbrella as Bedford + Bowery, and, as the new name suggests, will take the L train to cover Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick, as well as the East Village and the Lower East Side. So basically, they will cover the intersection of New York mag readers and NYU students.
New York City has, in many ways, been spared the worst ravages of the foreclosure crisis. A city of renters, where single family homes are the exception rather than the norm and co-op and condo boards regularly turn their noses up at perfectly decent financial packages, we have avoided the magnitude of problems suffered by many other American cities.
But foreclosures have still troubled the city—and often indirectly. For example, many renters in overleveraged multi-family properties suffered when landlords fell behind on payments and ceased to conduct maintenance. And where foreclosures have hit New York, they have also been tied to increases in crime, according to a new report by NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate & Urban Policy.
Purple People Eaters
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.