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Most NYU Professors Oppose Expansion Plan: Survey

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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Most New York University professors oppose the university’s downtown expansion plan, according to a new survey.

About two-thirds of NYU professors who responded to a Faculty Senators Council survey (PDF) said they weren’t in favor of the administration’s plan to add two million-square feet of new classrooms, offices and residences to its Greenwich Village campus.

Respondents said they feared the plan, called NYU 2031, is too costly and would turn the neighborhood into a construction zone for decades.

The Faculty Senators Council is the elected representative body of the faculty within NYU. It distributed the survey to 3,933 full-time faculty members. About 30 percent responded. The survey was taken between April 5 and 13.

University spokesman John Beckman said the administration will reflect on the findings and continue to carry on a dialogue with faculty members.

Next, the Planning Commission will review the project, and the City Council is expected to vote on it this summer.

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Release the Financing from West Village

K - That letter that NYU asks alumni to send to council members is a lie. The plan is not well thought out. NYU administrators have never stated how they will finance this plan. What will tuition be to cover the cost of building? These are basic questions we are asking.

I also don't understand how have tons of buildings together will really foster a community. A resident will look out their window at another large building and probably never see any sunlight and be looking 50 feet into another window. This is what living like in Midtown or the Financial District is like. Not Greenwich Village!!!!!

Jun. 24 2012 09:18 AM
K

Stand in support of NYU! Vote YES!!!!!

http://www.nyu.edu/about/university-initiatives/nyu-2031/letter-of-support.html

Apr. 20 2012 12:39 PM
8blocksbeyond

March & Rally Against NYU 2031 Plan
April 20th 4:00 p.m.
Meet at Mercer and Houston

View our Call to Action Video here:

http://youtu.be/XgBKhRGkLU0

Alicia Hurley, VP of Gov't Relations and Community Affairs at NYU, claimed in a recent interview:

"We're at a point now where we have kind of dwindled down the people we're dealing with to the people who live right on or around the blocks, the adamant opposition."

This statement is simply untrue!

Greenwich Village Residents, Local Merchants, NYU Faculty Members and the public at large who love the historic Greenwich Village neighborhood are uniting in Opposition to NYU's 2031 Plan!

NYU's "2031 Plan" seeks to build massive, mid-town size towers (some towers over 200 feet in height) in historic Greenwich Village, New York. NYU's 2031 plan calls for 20 solid years of construction in Greenwich Village between Houston Street and 3rd Street, from Mercer Street to LaGuardia. NYU's 2031 plan calls for the destruction of playgrounds, gardens, old growth trees, and parks and the rezoning of residential blocks to allow commercial/retail into NYU owned buildings.

Residents, merchants, NYU Faculty, and the public at large are uniting to tell NYU to STOP their destruction of Greenwich Village! NYU has been invited to develop in the Bronx (where they previously maintained a campus until 1973) as well as in the Financial District of New York City. Despite this, and despite strong opposition from residents and merchants in the Greenwich Village community as well as their own faculty members, NYU is seeking approval of their "2031 Plan"

NYU MUST reduce their massive plan and preserve the historic character of Greenwich Village!

New York City Council members MUST VOTE "NO" on the NYU 2031 Plan!

March & Rally Against NYU 2031 Plan
April 20th 4:00 p.m.
Meet at Mercer and Houston

Apr. 19 2012 05:53 PM

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