The Debate Over 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. Vin Cipolla, president of the Municipal Art Society, Brad Hoylman, Chair of Community Board 2, and Mark Crispin Miller, an NYU faculty member, discuss what the plan means for the city, for Greenwich Village, and for NYU faculty and students. The Municipal Art Society is hosting a panel discussion on the merits and drawbacks of the plan on March 27.

NYU’s proposed development site (superblocks).
NYU’s proposed development site (superblocks). ( Source: NYU 2031 )
NYU’s proposed site plan.
NYU’s proposed site plan. ( Source: NYU 2031 )
NYU’s proposed site plan (3D schematic).
NYU’s proposed site plan (3D schematic). ( Source: NYU 2031 )
NYU’s proposed buildings in context.
NYU’s proposed buildings in context. ( Source: NYU 2031 )
Map showing neighborhood building heights and proposed NYU building heights.
Map showing neighborhood building heights and proposed NYU building heights. ( Source: Municipal Art Society )
Map of area currently underserved by public space.
Map of area currently underserved by public space. ( Source: Mayor’s Office of Environmental Coordination )
7.	Mercer-Houston dog run.
7. Mercer-Houston dog run. ( Source: Municipal Art Society )
Buildings located along western side of LaGuardia Place.
Buildings located along western side of LaGuardia Place. ( Source: Municipal Art Society )
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