Borough President’s Decision on NYU Within the Week; Next Hearing April 25
With less than a week to go before the Borough President must render his decision regarding NYU’s application to overturn neighborhood zoning protections, take public land, and abrogate the terms of urban renewal agreements under which the university acquired city-owned land, it’s critical that his office continue to hear from the public to urge him to vote ‘NO’ on the project. This is especially important given that the Borough President has decided not to hold a public hearing on the proposal, in spite of a request from GVSHP and dozens of other stakeholders to do so as he has done with other similar land use applications. Only if these approvals are granted by city officials can NYU build its proposed 2.5 million square feet of space – the equivalent of the Empire State Building – in the blocks below Washington Square.
HOW TO HELP:
- Call Borough President Stringer’s office at 212/669-8300 and TELL HIM TO VOTE ‘NO’ ON THE NYU 2031 PLAN BECAUSE:
- IT WOULD HAVE A DEVASTATING IMPACT ON THE VILLAGE
- IT’S NOT RIGHT TO GIVE AWAY PUBLIC LAND, OVERTURN NEIGHBORHOOD ZONING PROTECTIONS, AND UNDO THE TERMS UNDER WHICH NYU WAS GIVEN THE LAND THEY NOW OWN IN THE FIRST PLACE
- THERE ARE ALTERNATIVE LOCATIONS FOR THEIR EXPANSION THAT ARE BETTER FOR NYC AND FOR THE UNIVERSITY, SUCH AS THE FINANCIAL DISTRICT, THAT NYU REFUSES TO CONSIDER
The Borough President’s vote will be followed by a public hearing and vote by the City Planning Commission. THAT PUBLIC HEARING HAS TENTATIVELY BEEN SET FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 AT 10 AM AT THE MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN AT 1 BOWLING GREEN. GVSHP will let you know when that hearing has been confirmed, but please hold that date on your calendar so you can attend. A strong turnout will be essential, as this may be one of only TWO public hearings before a decision is rendered on the NYU plan (and the second hearing, in the City Council, may be held in July or late June, when many fewer will be able to participate). The Plan must be approved by both the City Planning Commission and the City Council in order to move ahead.
For more information on the NYU plan and how to fight it, CLICK HERE.