NYU unveils latest phase of ‘NYU 2031’ Plan, which includes plans to demolish Provincetown Playhouse & Apartments
Provincetown Playhouse: The Provincetown Playhouse is one of the most important sites in the history of 20th century American theater — a launching pad for works of Eugene O’Neill, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Edward Albee, John Guare, Sam Shepherd, Charles Busch, and David Mamet, among others. The apartments over the theater have housed many well-known artists over the years who wished to be near this center of cultural vitality. When NYU bought the building and then renovated it, they touted the Playhouse’s rich history and their honor in owning and re-opening it. Additionally, NYU recently agreed to a set of “planning principles” with Borough President Stringer’s NYU Community Task Force (of which GVSHP is a member) which says that university should “prioritize...re-use before redevelopment” in their planning. The Provincetown Playhouse is a key historic site within the proposed South Village Historic District, which NYU promised to support; demolition of a historic lynchpin in the proposed district like the Playhouse will damage the chances of landmarking the entire area moving ahead.
The 2031 plans also showed that NYU is no longer considering Long Island City as potential location for satellite or remote facilities, and that the university has narrowed such options to Governor’s Island, the East Side Medical Corridor, and Downtown Brooklyn — a development we find very disappointing. At the same time, NYU is contemplating large-scale developments in and around their ‘campus core,’ in spite of commitments to “prioritize identifying opportunities to decentralize facilities” as part of the planning principles. GVSHP continues to push hard to get NYU to look for satellite locations if they need to grow, and to remain within their existing footprint and envelope in the Village.
Write to NYU President John Sexton urging him to reconsider plans to demolish the Provincetown Playhouse, and to reduce the University’s plans for growth in the neighborhood —
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Come to the Community Board #2 public hearing on NYU’s plans for the Provincetown Playhouse on Wednesday, May 28th at 6:30 P.M. at the Caring Community, 20 Washington Square North; NYU will present their plans, and the public will be given an opportunity to respond.