Wednesday, August 15, 2007

NYU to expand across river

New York University says it needs to expand by 6 million square feet in the next 25 years, and battles waged in the Village by preservationists to curb NYU’s appetite for space have forced the university to look elsewhere. Now it’s looking to grow in Brooklyn and Queens.

NYU has eyes on Brooklyn, Queens

In a June 28 open house presentation made on campus about NYU’s plans for the next 25 years, a map showed possible expansion sites in Downtown Brooklyn, Long Island City and Governors Island.

According to Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, this should raise concerns.

“I strongly urge [local groups] to engage NYU to ensure the process contributes to the quality of life there,” he told Metro yesterday. “And not to its detriment.”


Well, Andrew, they chose LIC for a reason - no one there will oppose them.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Speaking as an alumnus of NYU.......
Every time they reach out to me for contributions
to "the fund" they get $00000!
I'm not going to support their greedy desire
to add to their vast real estate holdings
and destroy historic architecture
in the neighborhoods they've targeted for expansion.
I often wonder what percentage of these "contributions" actually goes toward improving the quality of education.

Anonymous said...

“I strongly urge [local groups] to engage NYU to ensure the process contributes to the quality of life there,” he told Metro yesterday. “And not to its detriment.”

Sure, let we can raise the resources locally (where, when there is an issue the locals will trample over community activists to run glassy eyed to the nearest politician to do their thinking for them) or to the city-wide groups (that have been using the Queens portion of their support for own their back yard)

Anonymous said...

If you go back in time, from the creation of all those cemetaries, to the relocation of the Long Island Railroad from Brooklyn, to the location of all that noxious industry on Newtown Creek, it was know that western Queens was the 'Wild West' where anything goes.

for a little consideration, of course.

Anonymous said...

"Well, Andrew, they chose LIC for a reason - no one there will oppose them."

No, its because of the fantastic restaurants. They get lots of local restaurant reviews so you know the food is good.

Lots of words written on what is important to them ... and what they know is approved as safe to discuss.

who walk in brooklyn said...

thank you #1; i try to remind myself that some good folks go to-- & teach at-- NYU, despite being as evil as any corporation ya'll could name. it's bizarre to recall how, even through the late '80s, NYC was just a place & they hadn't poisoned "the east Village" block by block by block, to the point where it's like Downtown... presented by NYU. The constant influx of (mostly) rich kids for an ever expanding big $$$ college is NOT good for anyone except for landlords either.

wwib

Anonymous said...

"Sure, let we can raise the resources locally (where, when there is an issue the locals will trample over community activists to run glassy eyed to the nearest politician to do their thinking for them) or to the city-wide groups (that have been using the Queens portion of their support for own their back yard)"

The level of "victim-hood" and "submissiveness" I hear from Queens activists is appalling. Does everyone in this boro have "Stockholm Syndrome"? How do you think the Village chased out NYU? By "taking to the streets" and "raising the roof" on NYU's plans to destroy their neighborhood.
We've got to do the same - we can't keep crying to "Mommy" to make it all better.

MaryAnn said...

Word, anon #1. They get $00000000 from us as well.

anonymous #1 said...

Thanks "who walk in Brooklyn".

When I attended NYU as a student (to complete my BS degree) it cost about $55 a credit ....which was a little pricey for us....but affordable.
I hated it even then
and called it an education factory.

Now it is a magnet for spoiled rich kids who can't make the grade for Yale or the rest of the Ivy League colleges but still want education cache.

The university's reputation is really e-h-h-h.....so-so....
except for it's high tuition and higher math dept. (supposedly rivaling MIT's).
Let's face it , it ain't Harvard.

Columbia University is another demolition octopus that's destroying uptown hoods with their greedy appetite for real estate acquisitions and expansion.

Aren't these "universities" tax exempt?