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great. raise hell over this stuff so they keep building off campus.
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A long read, but explains the long fought battle. Click the title to read the entire article.



After A Long War, Can NYU and the Village Ever Make Peace?
Wednesday, March 19, 2014, by Eli Rosenberg

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Currently, the fate of NYU 2031 is hung up in state courts. In January, a judge invalidated much of the expansion by ruling that the Bloomberg administration had wrongfully turned over three parks to the university—the alienation of public parkland must be authorized by the state legislature—a decision that both NYU and its opponents claimed as partial victories. The plaintiffs, a consortium of 11 local groups lead by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, the NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan, and the Historic Districts Council, charge that the judge ruled incorrectly on the nature of a fourth park. The city joined the university in appealing the ruling, arguing that the parkland, as defined by the judge, was not in fact parkland.

The rezonings and other permits necessary for the plan had been approved under the strongly pro-development administration of Michael Bloomberg and shepherded through the council by Christine Quinn to the curiously one-sided vote of 44-1 in July 2012. Chin had decided to support the plan in exchange for some design concessions from NYU—a 17 percent reduction of the buildout's square footage above ground—and some kickbacks for the community, including a new preschool. (NYU's most recent newsletter featured a photo of the councilwoman at the new school, sitting on the floor with a toddler). But with the legal tangle underway—the plaintiffs secured the pro-bono counsel of Randy M. Mastro of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, a renowned litigator in the city who is currently representing Chris Christie in the fallout from Bridgegate—NYU 2031 is no longer guaranteed to move forward, at least in its current iteration. All of which raises the question of why, after more than six years of struggle, NYU never came up with a plan to build anywhere else.

Map via the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.


Approved square footages for the buildings of NYU 2031.
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Court rules in favor of NYU expansion

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New York University's controversial Greenwich Village expansion plan got the green light from a state appellate court Tuesday, overturning a lower court's ruling that blocked the university's 1.9 million-square-foot project on the grounds that it would infringe on a community garden that was essentially protected parkland.

In January, a state Supreme Court judge affirmed the position of several community groups that the garden at La Guardia Place was a de facto park, and as such would require permission from the state Legislature to change its designation. NYU, with backing from the de Blasio administration, argued that the land was state-owned and not parkland. On Tuesday, an Appellate Division court issued a four-page ruling siding with the university and City Hall.

"NYU is very pleased by today's unanimous decision from the Appellate Division, which strongly upheld the city's and the university's positions, reaffirmed that the approvals process was properly followed, and reversed the lower court's designation of some strips of land on the superblocks as 'implied parkland,' " an NYU spokesman said. "The need for additional academic space is clear and has been reaffirmed by a faculty-led committee, and it is now also clear that the university has the legal right to proceed with this project."

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Fantastic.

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I wonder what their opponents will do now.
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i wonder what their opponents will do now.
"What about the trees?!?!? What about the children?!?!? Greedy developers!!! Development = ISIS!!!!"
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NYU Picks 9/11 Museum Architect to Design New Building in Village



By Danielle Tcholakian
December 17, 2014


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GREENWICH VILLAGE — New York University's newest building will be designed by the same firm behind the underground 9/11 Memorial Museum, NYU announced Wednesday.

Davis Brody Bond, which designed the powerful museum at the World Trade Center, will join KieranTimberlake to plan the new NYU building at the Coles Gym site on Mercer Street between Houston and Bleecker streets, officials announced.

The Coles site is the first parcel of land slated for development under NYU’s controversial expansion plan, which only allows the school to develop one new building at a time.

The two design firms were chosen “first and foremost… for their reputation for design excellence," said Alison Leary, NYU’s executive vice president for operations, in a statement.

“NYU understands it will be held to a high standard for architectural excellence,” Leary added. “These firms have won some of the most prestigious awards in the fields of architecture and design, and the exceptional quality of their work has earned them some of the most prominent commissions of our day.”

The building planned for the Coles site will hold classrooms, performing arts space and a new gym, as well as some student and faculty housing.

Davis Brody Bond is a 62-year-old New York-based firm with a history of working with academic institutions, including multiple projects for Columbia University. The firm designed the underground portion of the 9/11 Memorial Museum and worked on the outdoor 9/11 Memorial as well.

KieranTimberlake has designed buildings for several universities, including Harvard, Yale, Wellesley and Penn State, as well as the United States Embassy in London.

Leary pointed to the firms’ experience with universities as an indication that “they understand not only the unique academic needs, but also the consultative and collaborative manner in which universities go about their business.”

Renderings for the building are not available yet, NYU representatives said, because the architects plan to base their design on feedback from a “process of consultation” with stakeholders within the university and the neighborhood.

A university spokesman said the specifics of that process, including who the stakeholders are, will be available in early 2015.

The Coles gym site is the first of the four buildings planned for the NYU 2031 plan to expand the school's Greenwich Village campus. It was approved by the City Council in 2012, though it faced opposition from a vocal group of residents, some school faculty, local elected officials and celebrities, including Mark Ruffalo and John Leguizamo.

Opponents of the plan tried to block it with a lawsuit but lost in an appellate ruling in October. They are currently waiting to see whether New York's Court of Appeals will hear the case.

Tobi Bergman, newly elected chair of Community Board 2 and an opponent of NYU's expansion, expressed concern about the future of the Coles site.

"Architecture cannot work miracles," Bergman said. "Davis Brody Bond and KieranTimberlake are stuck with a plan that calls for a massive building that will be an overbearing presence on Mercer Street and will crowd the University Village block.

"I.M. Pei's towers will lose the grace given by the space around them. In that unfortunate context, we can only hope for the best."
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Opponents of NYU Expansion Win Final Chance to Block Development Plan

Danielle Tcholakian
February 24, 2015

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Opponents of New York University's massive expansion in Greenwich Village will get a final chance to try to block the school's plan, after the state's highest court agreed on Tuesday to hear their case.

The New York State Court of Appeals granted the opponents the chance to appeal a lower court's previous ruling that allowed NYU's expansion to move forward.

NYU's 2031 plan, approved by the New York City Council in 2012, would build new buildings around the Village to provide additional academic space and housing for university students and faculty.

Opponents of NYU's plan, led by Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, have argued that the university does not have the right to develop some of the city-owned sites, because they have been used as park space for so many years that they ought to be protected.

In January 2014, a state court blocked parts NYU's expansion plan, siding with the opponents who believe that NYU must undergo additional state review before using a playground, a dog run and a community garden while constructing the new buildings.

But NYU and the city's Law Department contested that decision at the state's Appellate Division in September of 2014, and won their appeal in October, clearing the way for NYU's development to move forward.

The Court of Appeals is the final stop in the legal challenge to the NYU expansion. It was not immediately clear if the court had set a date to hear the case.

The NYU 2031 opponents — which include Faculty Against the Sexton Plan (FASP), the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, actor Mark Ruffalo and community groups — cheered the decision on Tuesday.

“We’re glad that the Court of Appeals agrees that this case is important," Andrew Ross, director of NYU's American Studies program, said in a statement. "These parks have been a vital part of the Greenwich Village community’s daily life for decades."

Ross, along with Ruffalo and FASP leader Mark Crispin Miller, suggested that if the NYU opponents win, the decision could help other city groups fighting to preserve community gardens that the city wants to develop into affordable housing.

"Without the Court of Appeals’ intervention, not only will they be given to a private corporation for its own financial gain, but such a thing could become a common and unremarkable occurrence throughout New York,” Ruffalo said in a statement.

A spokesman for NYU said the expansion plan is "indispensable to meeting NYU's pressing academic space needs."

"This project... was approved 44-1 by the City Council, and was strongly and unanimously upheld by the Appellate Division," NYU spokesman John Beckman said. "NYU continues to believe fully in this project and in the strength of our case, and we are optimistic about another positive outcome when the Court of Appeals ultimately rules."

Representatives for the city Law Department did not immediately comment.

In December, NYU announced the selection of two architecture firms to design the first building in the plan, at the current site of the Coles gym on Mercer Street.
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Albany pols support last-ditch effort to block NYU expansion



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Two dozen state lawmakers filed an amicus brief in support of a last-ditch effort to block the expansion of New York University in Greenwich Village.

The legislators, most of whom are Manhattan Democrats, argue that the City Council, in voting to approve NYU's expansion plan in 2012, overstepped its bounds and may have violated the public trust doctrine, a principle of common law directing that the government preserve natural resources for public use.

Opponents claim NYU lacks the right to build on some city-owned lots because the parcels have been used as parkland and deserve to be characterized as such. Only the state Legislature can authorize NYU to use public parkland, in this case a dog-run, playground and community garden, for private development, they say.

"The law is clear that NYU should have sought the approval of the New York State Legislature for the alienation of this public parkland, but the only thing the university ended up alienating was the goodwill of the Greenwich Village community," said Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat, in a statement.

"The desire to assist a powerful private institution should not obviate the normal processes of government," added Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, who is a leading plaintiff in the case against the expansion plan.

Last February, the New York State Court of Appeals granted opponents a chance to appeal a lower court's ruling to allow the university's plan to go forward. The parcels in question carry no formal parkland designation.

Several groups, including the New York State Council of Mayors and Municipal Officials, the Association of Towns of the State of New York and the cities of Rochester and Syracuse, have taken NYU's side, in part to preserve localities' right to approve projects independent of the state Legislature.

A spokesman for the university warned that a ruling in favor of the opponents would have dire consequences of future development.

"There's a serious public policy issue at stake here," he said. "If the court rules for the plaintiffs, a temporary public use of government land—for something like a community garden—would forever limit future uses, which would have two interrelated detrimental effects on public policy in New York state. It would either hamstring municipal governments from making beneficial use of municipal land—be it providing low-income housing to those in need or providing space for educational facilities—or, because town and city governments would lose control of land if the public was allowed to use it temporarily for things like municipal gardens, governments would be much less likely to permit those uses."
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22 legislators file brief against N.Y.U. expansion

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May 5, 2015

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Twenty-two state legislators have filed a brief with the state's highest court supporting assemblywoman Deborah Glick's suit opposing New York University's expansion.

The amici curiae brief opposes an appellate department decision that found, against Glick, that gardens on vacant lands are not technically parks.

Glick appealed that decision to the Court of Appeals, which will begin hearing arguments on June 2.

(If the lots are parkland, they must be "alienated" by the legislature before they can be put to any other use. The city and N.Y.U. have argued that they are not parkland.)

"It is the Legislature that must determine whether to enact a law permitting a local government to alienate parkland, and, if so, on what conditions," the brief said. "The Appellate Division’s decision in this case diminishes the State’s authority over parkland and impermissibly reallocates that authority to the City."

The brief was signed by Brad Hoylman, Bill Perkins, Gustavo Rivera, Daniel Squadron, and Liz Krueger from the State Senate.

From the State Assembly, Harry Bronson, Ellen Jaffee, Jeffrey Dinowitz, Kevin Cahill, Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Victor ichardo, Barbara Lifton, William Colton, Catherine Nolan, Steve Englebright, Victor Pichardo, Steven Otis, Daniel O’Donnell, Michelle Schimel, Jo Anne Simon, Fred Thiele, and Keith Wright signed the brief.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges L.L.P. filed the brief pro bono.

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Court of Appeals rules for N.Y.U. expansion
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The state's highest court removed an obstacle to New York University's ambitious expansion plan in Greenwich Village, ruling on Tuesday that the city did not implicitly designate as parkland four parcels included in the expansion.

In a unanimous ruling, the state Court of Appeals said that opponents of N.Y.U.'s plans failed to demonstrate that the city intended the parcels to be set aside as parks. If the court ruled otherwise, the project would have required the state Legislature's approval.

"That a portion of the public may have believed that these parcels are permanent parkland does not warrant a contrary result," the ruling stated. "Petitioners did not establish the City's unequivocal intent to permanently dedicate this municipal property, as there was evidence that the City intended the uses to be temporary, with the parcels to remain under the City's control for possible alternative future uses." The ruling affirmed a lower court's decision.

The court heard arguments on June 2.

An N.Y.U. spokesman, John Beckman, said in a statement that the university was "grateful for the City's support of this project and its vigorous defense of the City Council’s approval of the project ... The project not only keeps NYU academically competitive and helps fulfill benefits New York, as does today's decision."

An attorney who represented opponents of the development, Caitlin Halligan, did not immediately respond to an email or telephone message.
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NYU Expansion Project Begins With Plans to Demolish Coles Gym



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The first phase of New York University's expansion in the Village is underway, according to a memo the university’s vice president for operations sent to the NYU community.

The email message, sent Tuesday, said the university is beginning design and prep work for the eventual demolition of 181 Mercer St., where the Coles gym currently stands.

The memo from NYU's Vice President Alison Leary and Arts Professor Laurence Maslon, the chair of the committee advising the school on the expansion, also says the gym will remain open "though at least Nov. 15" of this year.

Once the gym closes, the university will use use a former Crunch gym at 404 Lafayette St. to fill the gap left by Coles, which has been used by 1,500 people per day, according to the school's application to the city's Board of Standards and Appeals

Architects working on the new building will use the second week of August to make "exploratory borings" inside and around Coles to get "sub-surface" information they need to plan the new building's design.

Two architecture firms were selected for the new building earlier this year.

Leary said in her memo that the architects are expected to present potential design plans for the new building by the end of this year.

The school is only allowed to do work on one building at a time, which was one of the conditions that earned the City Council's approval of the plan in 2012.

The expansion got a green light from the state's highest court in June, when opponents lost their final appeal in a multiyear legal battle against the plan.
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