Kiss Your Grass Goodbye: NYU’s Hostile Takeover of our Community


– To do this, NYU PLANS TO DEMOLISH OUR PUBLIC PARKS, PLAYGROUNDS, DOG RUN & SUPERMARKET- NYU PLANS HI-RISE STUDENT DORMS, HOUSING & HOTEL ON HOUSTON, MERCER and LaGUARDIA

Learn more:
– Attend TOWN HALL MEETING on Wednesday
– Attend CB2 PUBLIC HEARINGS throughout January

Dear Neighbor,

NYU has just applied for City approvals to add 2.5 million sq. ft. of space – the equivalent of the Empire State Building – to the blocks between Houston Street and Washington Square Park.

To accomplish this, NYU wants to strip long-standing neighborhood zoning protections, eliminate open-space requirements, undo its deed restrictions, and expropriate public land currently used as parks and children’s playgrounds.

*On Mercer Street at Houston, NYU plans to demolish the dog run, as well as the little City park and playground that NYU has illegally kept locked to the public for over a decade, and also the Coles gym that community residents currently can use. In place of these community amenities, NYU wants permission to build a 248-foot, 14-story hotel and faculty housing complex, stretching to Bleecker Street.

*On LaGuardia Place at Bleecker, NYU plans to demolish the Morton Williams supermarket that we rely on, in order to construct an 8-story dormitory for ever more of its students.

*At Washington Square Village, the housing complex between Bleecker and West 3rd, NYU wants to remove the attractive, existing green space and its beautiful garden and children’s playgrounds (Mercer/LMNOP Playground, LaGuardia Park, Key Park, and Sasaki Garden), in order to construct two high-rise residential buildings in their place.

NYU’s massive plans would not only overwhelm the Village, but would tremendously impact SoHo, setting dangerous precedents to allow overbuilding and removal of neighborhood protections. Not only will our light, air an low-rise character be compromised on our very border at Houston Street, but throngs of fresh students would quickly head out to their new campus to the south: SoHo. Not to mention more traffic and tourists from the hotel, as well as further strain on our infrastructure as hundreds of NYU employees crowd into Mercer Street.

SoHo Alliance has joined with over fifty community organizations – from Chelsea to the East Village, from the Bowery to the West Village – including CAAN, GVSHP, GVBA, in sponsoring a TOWN HALL MEETING to get organized and informed regarding the NYU proposal, and to persuade our public officials to listen to us, not to a giant real-estate development corporation posing as a university!

Please attend to learn what you and your neighbors can do to halt NYU’s scheme.
WHAT: Town Hall Meeting to stop NYU
WHEN: Wednesday, January 4, 6:30 pm
WHERE: AIA Building, 536 LaGuardia Place (Bleecker/W.3)

After that Town Hall, Community Board 2(CB2) will hold several hearings in January as part of the official public-review process. Then CB2 will send its recommendations to our public officials and agencies involved in approving NYU’s request:

– Monday, January 9, 6:30 pm @ AIA building, 536 LaGuardia Place (Bleecker/W.3rd) NYU will officially presents its plans to the CB2 Zoning Committee A STRONG TURNOUT AT THIS MEETING IS CRITICAL.

– Thursday, January 12, 6:30 pm, @ NYU Silver Building, 32 Waverly Place (Washington Square East) CB2 Parks Committee will review NYU’s proposals to take over and build on public parks and children’s playgrounds. A STRONG TURNOUT AT THIS MEETING IS CRITICAL.

– Tuesday, January 10, 6:30 pm @ NYU Silver Building, 32 Waverly Place (Washington Square East) CB2 Transportation Committee will hear the traffic impact of NYU’s plans.

– Tuesday, January 17, 6:30 pm @ Judson Church meeting room, 55 Washington Square South (Thompson), CB2 Social Service Committee will explore the impact upon our schools and social services.

– Wednesday, January, 18, 6:30 pm @ Tony D’Apolito Recreation Center, 1 Clarkson Street (Carmine/7th Ave. South) CB2 Environmental Committee will hold a hearing on the environmental impacts of this grandiose NYU project.

Please come to as many as these meetings as you can, in order to stop this scheme by NYU.

Regards,
Sean Sweeney, Director
SoHo Alliance

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