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
Purple People Eaters
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
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.
Purple People Eaters
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.
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.
It Takes a Village
SeekingArrangement.com, the Sugar Daddy website that hooks up poor/younger/more attractive women with rich/older/not so attractive men looking for a mature relationship-slash-good times, has come out with a new study titled “Fastest Growing Sugar Baby Colleges of 2012.” (We’re guessing these occasional “studies” lend an air of legitimacy to the site, perhaps as a safeguard against the very obvious charge that their service promotes online prostitution and Internet solicitation services.)
While the list is topped by Southern schools, we want to preemptively apologize to parents of NYU and Columbia students.
It Takes a Village
The Beats may be long gone, but protest music is alive and well in Greenwich Village—thanks in part to the institution that helped drive many of the artists out, New York University.
On Wednesday, a group of musicians, including Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth fame) and John Zorn will convene at 6:30 p.m. at Le Poisson Rouge to help raise money for NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan’s legal fund. Last month, the faculty group that opposes the university’s expansion south of Washington Square filed a lawsuit against the city and the University trying to stop it. All proceeds from the $20 show will go directly to the cause.
As promised, a group of NYU faculty, preservationists and community groups, a dozen parties in all, have filed a suit against the city over the university’s controversial plans to expand its campus on two superblocks in the heart of Greenwich Village.
The suit charges that the rezoning that allows for the expansion violates a number of technical land-use issues, including the alienation of parkland, prior deed restrictions and the destruction of historic buildings and features within the community. There is also the argument that it will create decades of unmitigated environmental impacts, from pollution to construction noise.