Opponents of NYU Expansion Get Day in Court

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A court hearing about whether New York City officials improperly approved New York University's expansion plan focused on whether some of the land in question was park land.

Attorneys representing NYU faculty members and Greenwich Village community groups told a New York State Supreme Court Judge on Thursday that the university's expansion will be built on land that should remain park land.

But NYU's attorney told the court the park land was initially dedicated to be used as a street.  "You can't transfer streets to parks," said Alan Levine, representing the university.

The expansion will add about 2 million square feet of new buildings in the Village.