NYU And Washington Square “Core” Area Expansion

Continued… Some refreshers on NYU’s Expansion Plan 2031 — Recycled Entry * Originally Published March 11, 2011

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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Previous WSP Blog Post: NYU’s “Marketing of Washington Square” Equals $$

Photo: Buck Ennis

NYU Unveils Latest — Public Meeting Monday, March 21st

Crain’s NY Business, today: NYU reveals latest updates to 2031 Plan

From Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation:

NYU is still seeking to add up to 2.2 million square feet of space — the equivalent of the Empire State Building — to the blocks just below Washington Square Park, and another 1 to 1.5 million square feet of space in the surrounding neighborhood. They are seeking major zoning changes to eliminate open space preservation requirements. They are seeking to take over public land currently used as park and recreational space. And they are seeking a massive zoning changes for nine blocks south and east of Washington Square, changing the zoning from residential to commercial.

* NYU 2031 Plan (WSP area is the “Core.”)

NYU will present the plans to the public at a meeting on Monday, March 21, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Grace Church School Auditorium, 86 Fourth Avenue (at 11th Street).

NYU And Washington Square “Core” Area Expansion; Latest Plans Filed With Landmarks Preservation Commission; Public Hearing Tonight

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.
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Previous WSP Blog Post: NYU’s “Marketing of Washington Square” Equals $$

Community Board 2 Landmarks Committee Public Hearing Monday, March 7th, 6:30 PM addressing NYU’s Proposal to LPC regarding University Village Site Modifications

Location: NYU Silver Building, 32 Waverly Place, off Washington Square East, Room 20

Other March CB2 Meetings on NYU 2031 Plan here.

Photo: Buck Ennis

NYU’s “Marketing of Washington Square” equals $$

In this week’s Villager, an interesting “Talking Point” by Martin Tessler entitled: “Washington Square: N.Y.U.’s link to 2031 pot of gold.” In it, Tessler explores how recent articles on N.Y.U’s surge in applications and enrollment “unveil a unique financial gamesmanship that N.Y.U. has been pursuing in marketing Washington Square to hopeful applicants over the globe.”

Tessler outlines that the university received 42,242 applications for the 2015 class vying for 4,800 places which adds up to 36,200 applicant rejections. Each applicant pays a $70 application fee which is non refundable. This alone totals $2, 534,000 revenue for the University. (Washington Square News, NYU’s daily campus newspaper, reported the number of applicants at 41,058 for the “Washington Square Campus.”)

From the article:

It does not take a professor from N.Y.U.’s esteemed Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences to comprehend how the magic of a Washington Square location is generating $2.5 million in annual income for N.Y.U. Who needs the stock market when the time-honored real estate investor’s dictum of “Location, Location, Location” is paying gigantic dividends for an institution that pays no taxes on its noncommercial property? Similarly, it does not take a professor of finance from N.Y.U.’s Stern School of Business to comprehend that N.Y.U. has a major financial interest in perpetuating a wide-ranging growth model centering on Washington Square.

In addition, NYU’s 2031 Plan “delineates an area around Washington Square that it calls its ‘Core’ and a surrounding area beyond that it designates as its ‘Neighborhood.'”

Tessler assesses: “The social and physical cost of this transmutation to the Washington Square neighborhood has had an impact on the surrounding residential neighborhood where Washington Square Park and landmark buildings, such as Judson Memorial Church, are being overshadowed by hulking institutional buildings.”

Tessler ends the piece by imploring local community members to contact their local representatives and speak out against NYU’s 2031 plan and the university’s quest to further dominate the Washington Square/Greenwich Village area.

Living in New York, I’m sure you’ve noted how it is close to impossible to escape NYU advertising which, in its catalogs, on the subway, in print and elsewhere, utilize the Washington Square Arch to no end (sometimes there’s only just a snippet but it’s almost always there).

You can read the full piece in The Villager here.