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Looking Beyond NYU’s Expansion

Last week, the City Council voted 44 to 1 in favor of NYU’s expansion plan—with a 20% reduction in density, shorter buildings, reduced underground space, and a commitment to create an oversight organization to oversee and design public spaces.  This was the last step in a contentious public review process, with a multitude of public hearings, public programs and hundreds of voices heard. Continue Reading>>

City Council Holds Hearing on NYU Expansion

MAS joined hundreds of advocates and local residents including actor Matthew Broderick last Friday at City Hall to testify about New York University’s plan to expand their Greenwich Village campus by adding almost 2 million square feet  to their two residential superblocks. An early morning rally on City Hall’s steps Continue Reading>>

NYU Plan Moves to City Council

nyu expansion plan debateLast week, the City Planning Commission approved, with modifications, NYU’s plans to expand its campus in Greenwich Village. MAS has carefully monitored the University’s expansion plans as they’ve evolved over the past several years. We believe the Commission’s modifications are appropriate and in line with MAS’s recommendations but more changes to the plan are still necessary to ensure NYU expands in a responsible and responsive manner. Continue Reading>>

City Planning Hears from Both Sides on NYU Expansion

nyu city planning commissionMAS, along with over 200 individuals and organizations, testified at Wednesday’s City Planning Commission hearing regarding NYU’s application to expand in Greenwich Village. MAS spoke out against the proposal, recognizing the Manhattan Borough President for his success in negotiating changes to the plan, but continuing to argue that the project needs to benefit NYU, the neighborhood and the city as a whole. Continue Reading>>

Borough President Weighs In, NYU Modifies Application

nyu expansion bp modification rendering heightAfter the NYU proposal was heavily criticized by Community Board Two, it was the Borough President’s turn in the ULURP process to opine on its plan to add 2.4 million square feet of new development to two superblocks just southeast of Washington Square Park. In response to the concerns he raised NYU has agreed to modify its proposal to make a number of significant changes, the details of his position can be found here. Continue Reading>>

MAS Panel Debates NYU Expansion

Nearly 200 community members, NYU students and faculty packed the Scholastic auditorium Tuesday evening to listen to an expert panel debate NYU’s plans to add a significant amount of density to two Greenwich Village area superblocks (Watch the video here). To kickoff the evening, MAS President Vin Cipolla briefly outlined NYU’s plans to add nearly half the square footage of their ambitious 6 million square feet expansion plan to the Greenwich neighborhood. Continue Reading>>

The University in the Neighborhood: Debating NYU’s Expansion Plan

nyu new york university campus expansion 2031 planJoin MAS on Tuesday, March 27, for a panel discussion on NYU’s expansion plan.  New York University is the latest city institution to evoke controversy with its ambitious expansion plan which would more than double the amount of density on two Greenwich Village area superblocks. NYU, like Columbia and Fordham, is an important New York City institution; however, each institution’s success relies as much on its location within New York City as in its state-of-the-art facilities. Continue Reading>>

MAS Urges Modification of NYU Proposal

nyu core campus expansion elevation plan smallAs an organization concerned with livability, MAS has spent several months analyzing NYU’s development plans and attending NYU presentations and community board meetings to better understand how NYU’s proposal to add 2.5 million square feet to their core campus will impact the Greenwich Village neighborhood. Our position takes into consideration NYU’s very real need to deal with pressures created by institutional growth and attempts to balance those pressures with the need to ensure that development is compatible with the surrounding neighborhood. Continue Reading>>

Community Board 2 Denies NYU Plans for Core Campus

community board 2 new york city town hall meeting nyu expansionAfter weeks of well attended, at times raucous public meetings, on February 23rd Manhattan’s Community Board Two voted resoundingly to recommend the denial of NYU’s proposal to add approximately 2.5 million square feet to their core campus in Greenwich Village. The Board’s resolution denounced the amount of density proposed by the addition of four new buildings to two area superblocks, besieging the community with 20 plus years of constant construction. Continue Reading>>

NYU’s “Core” Project Enters Public Review

nyu core campus redevelopment new york urban planningMAS joined several hundred community residents last night for Community Board Two’s first official public review of NYU’s application to redevelop significant portions of their core campus in Greenwich Village. Huge attendance caused the meeting to relocate to a larger venue several blocks away; for nearly three hours, residents spoke about how the years of construction impacts, loss of public amenities and increased density will affect their neighborhood’s historic character and livability. Continue Reading>>

NYU Expansion Update: MAS Testifies on the Environmental Review

nyu new york university campus expansion 2031 planMAS testified yesterday, May 24,  at the NYC Department of City Planning hearing on the projected 2.5 million sq. ft. of development NYU is proposing to add to their Greenwich Village campus. The purpose of the meeting was to solicit public comments on areas that should be studied in NYU’s Environmental Impact Statement.  MAS’s comments focused on the need to ensure full disclosure of information to help inform decision makers and the public about any potential project impacts. Continue Reading>>