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NYU Unveils Details of Proposed Expansion

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New York University has been carefully testing the waters over the past several years, trying to gauge just how much expansion its Greenwich Village neighbors will tolerate — and where. It will roll out its proposal at an open house, 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, at the Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South.

It’s called “NYU 2031,” which should give people an idea of just how long and big this expansion will be: another six million square feet of floor space, or 40 percent of what NYU now owns, to be built over the next two decades. It’s trying to find that space wherever it can — even in the interior of 19th century row houses that line Washington Square Park.

For a tour of some of the highlights, check out the images below. The ideas for property it owns, and hopes to develop soon, are understandably more fleshed out. (The city approval process for two buildings in Greenwich Village could begin later this year.) Plans for Governors Island, Downtown Brooklyn (where it recently acquired Polytechnic University), and Kips Bay are still a ways off.

All images courtesy of New York University.

First on the agenda: Getting the Landmarks Preservation Commission to approve a fourth tower to the I.M. Pei-designed University Village between Houston and Bleecker streets.

First on the agenda: Getting the Landmarks Preservation Commission to approve a fourth tower to the I.M. Pei-designed University Village between Houston and Bleecker streets.

Next, the outdated Coles Gym gets torn down and replaced by “the Zipper.” Its nickname comes from how it looks when viewed from above. (Image courtesy of New York University)

Next, the outdated Coles Gym gets torn down and replaced by “the Zipper.” Its nickname comes from how it looks when viewed from above.

Just north of Bleecker, two Bauhaus slabs known as Washington Square Village are supposed to get book-ended by new buildings. The central landscaping is supposed to make the interior more inviting to the public. (Image courtesy of New York University)

Just north of Bleecker, two Bauhaus slabs known as Washington Square Village are supposed to get book-ended by new buildings. The central landscaping is supposed to make the interior more inviting to the public.

NYU can’t tear down Washington Square North — it’s landmarked. But it does plan extensive interior renovations here and on Washington Mews. (Image courtesy of New York University)

NYU can’t tear down Washington Square North — it’s landmarked. But it does plan extensive interior renovations here and on Washington Mews.

Plans for areas outside Greenwich Village are less precise. Here’s what NYU imagines for a health and science campus at First Avenue and 25th Street — assuming it can buy the property from CUNY. (Image courtesy of New York University)

Plans for areas outside Greenwich Village are less precise. Here’s what NYU imagines for a health and science campus at First Avenue and 25th Street — assuming it can buy the property from CUNY.

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And on Governors Island, the university envisions another satellite campus, large enough to house and school 1,500 students, in new programs such as “the science of cities.”

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Comments [2]

K. Santos

How about just removing the fences of the Washington Square Village park instead of leveling it to the ground? All those mature trees, put on the heap for Christmas? What is NYU thinking? As for the two proposed bookend buildings, in a city filled with real estate opportunities, can't NYU find anything existent instead of spending a fortune and many years of construction to ruin what's there? IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT!!

Apr. 18 2010 02:02 PM
Barbara Friedman

How ingenuous, these renderings are showing the develpment at the IM Pei superblock individually, when the ultimate plan includes both projects. The tower is too tall-the IM Pei buildings are already too tall, and this appears to be substantially taller. Coles is outdated because NYU has done only the most minimal maintenance in the past five years. Where will Coles' replacement be? How will the Morton Williams supermarket be replaced?
Even more ingenuous is the idea of making the interior of Washington Square village "more inviting to the public"- How about starting with taking down the fences and unlocking the playground. How many other playgrounds in New York City require a key to get in AND A KEY TO GET OUT!!!!

Apr. 14 2010 11:45 AM

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