New at The New School

Monday, January 13, 2014

The New School's new University Center at 14th Street and 5th Avenue opens this month. David Van Zandt, president of The New School, talks about the building's big staircase and what it means for the university's seven institutions, including the School for Social Research and Parsons School for Design.


David Van Zandt

Comments [12]

I really don't like the look of The New School.
It looks like a prison to me.

Jan. 13 2014 05:24 PM
Nick from UWS

This New School president comes across as another shifty oily mouthpiece for the venal voracious "education machine" cancer spreading across and killing this city, whose only primary purpose, far far from the cause of education, is the vacuuming of as much money out of the pockets of students and parents as it can and then investing it in real estate. And the time he has spent in this segment attempting to justify and rationalize the construction of this absolutely hideous depressing megalomanic out-of-scale self-trumpeting piece of garbage on 14th St does nothing to dissuade me from this view; on the contrary it cements it.

Jan. 13 2014 03:28 PM
AC from Astoria

The building is indeed a grotesque visual representation of greed and corporatization: the only "public space" represented are stairwells underscoring the transient relationship the school has to its "customers" (aka students). "Pay your entrance fee and keep moving" it seems to say. The commercial retail space on the group floor is another visual cue to how the school plans to engage the community going forward. Vulgar, ugly and offensive.

Jan. 13 2014 11:54 AM
Katherine Boyd from Brooklyn

I almost choked on my coffee when I heard that tuition at the New School is now $40,000 a year. From 2005-2009, when I was an undergrad at the New School's General Studies School, tuition was about $25,000 a year. Is the increase directly tied to the construction costs of the new building?

What's happening with the library? Has anything been done to improve and expand it? The New School's library was an embarrassment. Luckily, New School students had, and may still have, privileges to use Bobst Library at NYU.

Jan. 13 2014 11:42 AM
BC from nyc

From the angel shown in the pic this building looks excellent.
However, from street level it doesn't look this. It looks like a large building.

I went to baruch college and had to go to class in what they termed the "vertical campus." The New School's building looks x1000000 better and more innovative.

Jan. 13 2014 11:34 AM
Bonn from East Village

It is one butt-ugly, grotesque building that is overwhelming Lower Fifth Avenue, equal to Cooper Union's massive shipwreck. And the hordes of students that will join NYU, Cooper Union, SVA in annoying and vandalizing the Village til all hours of the night.

Jan. 13 2014 11:29 AM
Elsie from Brooklyn

Whatever the foundations of the New School, the college as it stands now is an overpriced corporation. Its original founders would likely have nothing to do with the New School as it stands now.

I wonder why Brian doesn't ask about the tuition at The New School. It's more expensive than NYU. And how much will this latest "expansion" cost the students in tuition?

All of these private NYC universities are disgusting and should be reigned in - both in terms of expansion and the usurious rates they charge their students. None of the tuition is going to the professors; it's all going to the upper management and these ridiculous development projects which are swallowing the city whole.

Jan. 13 2014 11:26 AM

Fine building, but please keep your barriers out of the bike lane on Fifth Avenue.

Jan. 13 2014 11:25 AM

Many of us in the area of the New School Building think it is hideous. It does not fit in with the surrounding buildings. I heard tourists describe it as cheesy.

Jan. 13 2014 11:25 AM
Jean from midtown

The New School's University Center will be open to the public on:
Saturday, January 25, 2014
12:00–4:00 p.m.

Jan. 13 2014 11:24 AM
Susan from NYC

I'm a tour guide in the Greenwich Village area and am excited to incorporate the new building into my walking tours! The history of the New School is so interesting, such as the later hours for veterans going back to school, and the groundbreaking opportunity to study psychoanalysis

Jan. 13 2014 11:22 AM
eastviliage from eastvilliage

Is there a new New School library? The previous one in the old Graduate School building and the replacement on 13th between 5th and 6th was/is not so good.

Jan. 13 2014 11:18 AM

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