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Gig Alert: Jake Shimabukuro

Friday, November 30, 2012

Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro brings his four-string skills to the NYU Skirball Center on Friday night. Download his song "Island Fever Blues."

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WNYC News

NYU Chairman Says Hospital Shut Down by Sandy Was Configured 'To Code'

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Almost two weeks after Sandy, much of the Langone Medical Center at New York University remains closed, due to storm damage. Several buildings in the sprawling complex have already reopened, and several more are expected to in the next two weeks, but NYU doesn't know when Tisch Hospital—with its emergency room, intensive care units and labor and delivery ward—will once again receive patients.

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WNYC News

NYU Starts Seeing Some Patients, but Bulk of Hospital Remains Closed

Monday, November 05, 2012

New York University Langone Medical Center reopened many of its outpatient offices, and the 600 students in the medical school went back to classes – but it’s still not clear when the hospital will open its emergency room, surgical suites and labor and delivery ward.

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Transportation Nation

Alternate Side Parking Rules Lead To More Driving: Study

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Alternate side parking sign in Manhattan (photo by Kate Hinds)

Alternate side parking rules -- put in place to facilitate street cleaning -- actually increase driving in the New York City area.

In a soon-to-be-published study looking at driving behavior in places affected by street cleaning rules, a pair of New York University researchers found that alternate side parking (ASP) increases car usage in the New York City region by an average of 7.1 percent.

"Residents may simply make a new trip by car, to work, to school, or elsewhere, that they would otherwise not make, were street cleaning not performed on that day," reports the study, entitled "Duet of the Commons: The Impact of Street Cleaning on Car Usage in New York."

This, despite the fact that the costs of driving in New York can be  astronomically high-- drivers may need to pay for tolls and parking, and almost universally have to deal with traffic congestion and irate drivers.

But like many things New York, location is everything. In denser neighborhoods that are closer to the urban core, car-owning residents are more likely to drive on days when the rules are in effect. But in places further afield -- like in outer boroughs where residents have more access to off-street parking options  -- ASP actually leads to a decrease in car usage on the days the rules are in effect.

Guo found that surprising. "It seemed there should be no impact at all," he said. But when he dug a little deeper -- which meant, in part, that he scrutinized driveways and garages on Google Street View -- he discovered some compelling reasons to leave the car in the driveway once you get it in there.

"Many of the garages are actually very narrow, not facing the street," he said. Moreover, driveways in single-family detached houses in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx are often very narrow. Translation:  once you maneuver a car into the driveway or garage, said Guo, "it's very difficult for you to get the car out and use it again." The cars, he said, are effectively trapped -- and you only take them out for a good reason.

But he pointed out that that applies to only a small percentage of New York City car owners, as the majority don't have access to off-street parking, so the net effect is an increase in driving on alternate side days.

Legislation targeting alternate side -- a bête noire of New York City drivers -- is a perennial political staple.  In 2011, the New York City Council passed a bill that would give each community board the chance to opt out of alternate side parking one day a week — but only if that neighborhood had at least a 90 percent rating on street cleanliness in the mayor's management report two years in a row. And earlier this year the Council passed a bill outlawing the city's "shame stickers" that the Department of Sanitation used to adhere to cars flouting alternate side.

Guo says his study found that if neighborhoods that can reduce ASP rules do reduce them, there could be a reduction of almost three percent in the number of car trips.

"Streets belong to all New Yorkers," he said -- not just car owners. "It's a public space... it's a public treasure. And now only people who have cars actually benefit from that property. So there's a social equity problem here. So by reducing street cleaning, "you're basically assigning more user rights to car owners."

"The Duet of the Commons: The Impact of Street Cleaning on Car Usage in New York" will appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Planning Education and Research.

 

 

 

 

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WNYC News

NYU President Pushes for Expansion Plan at Hearing

Friday, June 29, 2012

New York University President John Sexton defended plans to increase the school's footprint in its Greenwich Village neighborhood. He spoke at a City Council public hearing on Friday that was packed with critics and supporters of NYU’s proposed expansion plans.

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WNYC News

NYU Expansion Plan Could Bankrupt School, Professors Say

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Professors railed against NYU’s proposed expansion plan Wednesday, saying faculty members fear the ambitious Greenwich Village project that will be go before the City Council next month could bankrupt the university.

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WNYC News

Pushing Back Against Critics, NYU Powers Ahead With Expansion Plan

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

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Town and gown disputes between Greenwich Village and the sprawling university date back to the 1800s. But now increasingly NYU faculty and staff are joining with residents to oppose the school’s plan.

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WNYC News

Chinese Dissident Chen Guangcheng Rests Uneasily in New York City

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Chinese dissident, Chen Guangcheng, who arrived in New York Saturday after diplomatic manuvering allowed him to come as a visiting scholar, expressed concerns about four-fellow dissidents on Monday.

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WNYC News

Sotomayor Tells NYU Graduates to Dream Big

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is back in the Bronx for New York University's commencement ceremony at Yankee Stadium.

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WNYC News

Mayor Announces 2nd Tech Campus for NYC

Monday, April 23, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is marking another milestone in the Applied Sciences NYC initiative. He announced Monday that a second proposal for a high-tech campus will go forward in downtown Brooklyn.

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WNYC News

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.

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WNYC News

NYU Downsizes Expansion Plans

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

New York University has agreed to scale back massive downtown expansion plan, following requests from Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Debate Over NYU's Expansion Plan

Monday, March 26, 2012

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.

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WNYC News

Nobel Prize in Economics Awarded to NYU and Princeton Professors

Monday, October 10, 2011

Thomas Sargent, a professor at New York University, and Christopher Sims, a professor at Princeton University won the Nobel economics prize on Monday.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

NYU's Expansion Plan

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

New York University's plan to add 6 million square feet of new construction to its campus in the next 20 years, half of that in Greenwich Village, has neighborhood residents up in arms. Urban critic and journalist Roberta Brandes Gratz, author of The Battle for Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, and Vin Cipolla, President of the Municipal Arts Society, discuss what those plans mean for the Village, and how this fits in with larger, citywide development issues.

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WNYC News

The Bicentennial of the Manhattan Street Grid

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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Two hundred years ago, the island of Manhattan was a thriving port city with a rapidly growing population and scattered farms dotting much of the northern part of the island. But even then, city planners knew Manhattan could become one of the great cities in the world. And a great city deserves a great street grid. Today marks the 200th anniversary of that initiative.

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WNYC News

NYU Looks to Push Reset Button on Growth Plan

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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New York University is re-releasing plans for its proposed expansion in Greenwich Village and will begin the official review process in May. WITH PHOTOS.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NYU Grad Wins Oscar

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Luke Matheny, 2011 Academy Award winner for best live action short film, "God of Love," talks about his film, which was also his graduate thesis at NYU's film school. 

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WNYC News

Calorie Labels Don't Influence Many Fast Food Customers, Study Finds

Monday, February 14, 2011

Calorie labels at New York City's fast food restaurants don't have much influence on the kind of food teenagers end up ordering, according to a new study from NYU's School of Medicine.

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WNYC News

Village Activists Reject NYU Expansion Plans

Sunday, December 05, 2010

On Sunday, Greenwich Village activists joined with elected officials, including Congressman Jerrold Nadler and Borough President Scott Stringer, to declare their opposition to New York University's plan to erect buildings on what is currently publicly-utilized green space. The university's proposal calls for two million square feet of new development over the next 20 years.

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