Progress Against NYU Expansion Plan
More than 150 people braved the elements on Wednesday to participate in a Town Hall meeting sponsored by GVSHP and allied community groups on next steps and strategies in response to the NYU 20 year expansion plan. Discussions focused on those officials whose votes would influence or decide what aspects of the NYU plan are approved; attendees wrote hundreds of letters urging them to oppose various aspects of the enormous plan. CLICK HERE for pictures from the event, and read coverage on WNYC, Nearsay.com, Curbed, and Washington Square News.
HOW TO HELP:
GVSHP and a coalition of community groups who form the Community Action Alliance on NYU 2031 (CAAN 2031) have been calling on local elected officials and Community Board #2 not to approve various aspects of the NYU 2031 plan, including the transfer of public lands to NYU, commercial rezonings, lifting of open space preservation requirements, and ending of deed restrictions (read our letter HERE). In a positive development, Community Board #2 and local elected officials now oppose the transfer of public lands NYU is asking for in its plan, and are calling for the land to be made permanent parkland instead, as CAAN 2031 has also called for.
Elected officials and Community Board #2 will announce this position at a press conference co-sponsored by CAAN 2031 this Sunday at 1pm at LaGuardia Park, between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets (read more HERE). All are welcome to attend.