More than a hundred Greenwich Village residents and a half-dozen elected officials huddled around the Fiorello LaGuardia statue Sunday to protest NYU's plans to expand its campus in the Village.
"We believe very strongly that NYU must finally learn to coexist, not overwhelm this community," said Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
Two weeks ago, members of Manhattan's Community Board 2 passed a resolution opposing the university development proposal called "NYU 2031." Part of that plan called for the university to put up new buildings in the Village on seven strips of city-owned land totaling more than two acres.
Residents insist that part of the plan be scrapped because they would like to see the Parks Department turn the strips into permanent parkland.
"It's being used as public land now. It has been since the 60s when these spaces were first created," said Community Board 2 Member Jo Hamilton. "There's no reason why it shouldn't officially become parkland. We shouldn't be moving Mr. Fiorello LaGuardia in order to have an NYU building there."