From Crain’s NY Business, March 4th, NYU Wants to Polish Its Silver Towers:
New York University is preparing to present landscaping plans for the landmarked Silver Towers block in Greenwich Village to Community Board 2 on Monday [3/7]. The improvements are part of the school’s ambitious 2031 expansion plans. The school officially filed the plans with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission on Thursday [3/3]. …
NYU’s plans to add 6 million square feet of space over the course of the next 25 years, half of which will be in Greenwich Village and areas surrounding Washington Square Park, has generated criticism from the Greenwich Village community, who believe that the school is altering the character of the neighborhood.
NYU on Washington Square (the area it considers its “core”) from its 2031 Plan website:
At its heart, NYU 2031 recognizes the primacy of the University’s central location at Washington Square. It’s home there is fundamental to NYU’s identity and mission.
(I couldn’t help but notice this really simple grammatical error in the University’s second sentence.)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg from NYU site:
It’s very hard to differentiate where New York University stops and New York City starts.
Well, that’s certainly true. No wonder NYU President John Sexton was so quick to advocate for Bloomberg’s third term.
– March 11, 2011
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