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Silver Towers — Landmarked Nov. 18, 2008


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Photos of NYU’s proposal for landscape alterations at Silver Towers 03/07/11

Town hall on the future of the NYU 2031 plan 12/01/10

Rally against NYU 2031 Plan video 11/07/10

Rally against NYU 2031 Plan photos 11/07/10

Animated rendering of proposed fourth tower and ‘zipper building’ 06/14/10

Silver Towers Photo Set on Flickr

Villager 05/26/11

Wall Street Journal 05/25/11

Villager 04/07/11

Villager Talking Point 04/07/11

Villager 03/24/11

Washington Square News 03/21/11

The Real Deal 03/16/11

Crain’s NY 03/16/11

WNYC 03/16/11

DNAinfo 03/16/11

Villager 03/10/11

WNYC 12/05/10

DNAinfo 12/02/10

NearSay 12/02/10

WNYC 12/01/10

Villager 11/25/10

Wall Street Journal 11/19/10

BusinessWeek 11/19/10

Architect’s Newspaper 11/19/10

The Local 11/19/10

NY Times 11/18/10

DNAinfo 11/18/10

The Real Deal 11/18/10

WNYC 11/18/10

Village Voice 11/18/10

NY Magazine 11/18/10

Crain’s NY 11/18/10

Curbed 11/18/10

Wall Street Journal 11/15/10

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Breakdown of proposed NYU2031 growth in and around the Silver Towers & Washington Sq. Village superblocks 08/18/10

Silver Towers (University Village) LPC Designation Report

Determination of Eligibility for listing on State and National Register of Historic Places

I.M. Pei’s objections to NYU’s 4th tower plan

NYU filing to LPC for 4th tower on the Silver Towers site & additional renderings 10/07/10

Unpermitted signage letter 11/02/09

Letters of Support from Elected Officials

Seeking superblock zoning clarification from NYU and its response 12/05/08

Testimony in Support of Silver Towers 06/25/08

Washington Square Southeast Urban Renewal Plan (4th Amended) 09/01/78

GVSHP’s Silver Towers Landmark Designation Proposal 12/08/03

The Silver Towers complex consists of three 30-story towers built 40 years ago as part of an urban renewal project; two towers house NYU faculty, while the third, 505 LaGuardia Place, is an affordable residential co-op for local residents which NYU was required to build as a giveback to the community to replace housing they destroyed to make way for the complex.

The Silver Towers superblock complex was assembled in the early 1960s by Robert Moses and given to NYU for “slum clearance” and expansion of their campus. However, due to the outcry over the loss of housing on the site, NYU was required to erect an affordable residential co-op within the development to offset the loss to the community. Up-and-coming architect I. M. Pei was chosen to design the complex, which ended up being a watershed design in his career and a boldly innovative work with cutting edge applications of technology and materials, utilizing innovative thinking about urban planning, use of space, and sculptural form. The complex also included a striking 36 ft.-tall version of Picasso’s sculpture “Portrait of Sylvette,” built especially for the site, one of only two public outdoor Picasso sculptures in the Western Hemisphere.

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