Monday, October 29, 2012

Manhattan Neighborhood Network Interviews NYUFASP and GVSHP

Heather Wokusch of Manhattan Neighborhood Network interviewed Robert E. Riccobono, a member of NYU Faculty against the Sexton Plan and Andrew Berman, Executive Director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation about the Sexton Plan. The first half of the interview can be viewed below or by clicking here.

Hat tip: Washington Square Village Tenants Association (via NYUFASP)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Peter Walker to Receive Urban Land Institute Highest Honor

The Sasaki Garden at Washington Square Village was designed by the landscape architecture firm Sasaki, Walker & Associates.  Peter Walker, now of Peter Walker Partners Landscape Architecture (or PWP Landscape Architecture), received the Urban Land Institute's J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development, reports the Landscape Architecture Magazine blog.

Information about the J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development
Information about the Urban Land Institute

Friday, October 19, 2012

October 20: "Stop the Purple Monster" March

An invitation from NYUFASP.

Join NYUFASP as we march with NYU students, faculty, alumni and members of the community to "Stop the Purple Monster." Led by a real "purple monster," we'll march to protest John Sexton's huge expansion plan, which will make student debt rise even higher while tearing down the Village we love.

Organized by All in the Red, a national group that fights for accessible debt-free education for all, the march will step off from Washington Square Park's Garibaldi Plaza around 12:30pm, rain or shine. 

The march coincides with NYU's Alumni Day. March coordinators will make several stops as the group tours the future construction zone: they will provide information about the history of the neighborhood & the university administration's expansion plans & will link these to issues of public space, education & student debt.

 The march will last about an hour and a half and is endorsed by many groups in addition to NYUFASP:  Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Community Action Alliance on NYU 2031, NYU Students and Alumni Against the Sexton Plan, and Save WSV Sasaki Garden Committee. In addition to our purple monster, we'll have balloons, puppets and a marching band.

Please plan to march with us.  Let's show our determination and unity!

For more information, 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

NYU Restrictive Declaration of Large-Scale General Development

The Restrictive Declaration of Large-Scale General Development for the NYU LSGD by New York University dated July 2012 is now available online via GVSHP at

Section 6.3 (d) Phase 3 Development provides the following information about the Sasaki Garden:
The open area in the central portion of the North Block Parcel located on the roof of the existing below grade parking facility (the “Sasaki Garden”) contains certain mature trees in planters. Although these trees are in areas in which construction and/or construction-related activities will occur, and therefore will be removed in connection with the construction and/or construction-related activities in this area, Declarant shall, in consultation with a qualified arborist and to the extent practicable, use all best horticultural practices to preserve such existing mature trees and, subject to City Planning approval, replant such trees on the Subject Property.
(Hat tip: Washington Square Village Tenants Association)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Campus Expansions in Manhattan

Today's amNewYork reported on the expansion plans of several major universities in Manhattan: Cornell Tech, Columbia, Fordham, and NYU. Also, Hunter and Lehman Colleges are both expanding their campuses. Read the article here.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The University Space Priorities Working Group

A letter from NYU President John Sexton and Provost David McLaughlin to the NYU Community about the University Space Priorities Working Group, a body "formed to solicit meaningful input from our community."  (hat tip: Washington Square Village Tenants Association)

From: NYU President John Sexton and Provost David McLaughlin

Date: Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Subject: The University Space Priorities Working Group


FROM: NYU President John Sexton and Provost David McLaughlin

RE: The University Space Priorities Working Group

While we endeavored for the past several years to provide extensive information about the NYU Core Project which secures a spatial endowment for the University, we recognize that many members of the community feel there was insufficient consultation. We appreciate the depth of their concerns.

Monday, October 8, 2012

October 10: Save the Village: A Benefit Show


Also, on October 23, starting at 6:30 p.m., a "presentation by NYU about the Restrictive Declaration and agreements controlling NYU 2031 construction" will be made before the CB2 Arts & Institutions Committee. Location to be determined; check the CB2 Arts page at  (Hat tip: CAAN 2031)