Tag: NYU 2031

History Lost to NYU

We all know that New York University has an enormous presence in Greenwich Village and the East Village — one that has grown tremendously in recent decades, and is continuing to grow with the construction of their “NYU 2031” expanded

Happy Birthday, John Leguizamo, Passionate Preservationist

John Lequizamo, arguably one of the Village’s funniest residents, was not always a preservationist.  As he remarked in a recent interview in the New York Times, his therapist recommended that he “get a hobby.”  The entertainment business is notoriously rife

On this Day: Washington Square Village Found Eligible for State and National Registers of Historic Places

On this date in 2011, the New York State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), presented a “Resource Evaluation” that agreed with the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s earlier finding that the complex known as Washington Square Village was eligible for inclusion in the

Business of the Month: Mercer Street Books, 206 Mercer Street

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This Day in History: NYU Incorporated

Today is the 184th anniversary of the incorporation of NYU. Originally chartered as the “University of the City of New-York”, in 1831 admission was open to all during a time when most universities only admitted members of the privileged classes. The

A Preservation Agenda For Landmarking’s 50th Birthday

For weeks now we’ve all been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the signing of New York City’s landmarks law, which actually took place on April 19, 1965. As we approach this momentous occasion, we thought we’d take a look at

Today in Greenwich Village NYU History

Three years ago today, GVSHP and the Village won an important early victory in the ongoing battle against the NYU 2031 expansion plan. On February 23, 2012, Community Board #2 voted unanimously to reject the overly ambitious and out of

A Landmark of Hypocrisy?

You never know what you might stumble upon when walking around the neighborhood. Recently I discovered that NYU had installed a sign on the grounds of the I.M. Pei-designed Silver Towers complex touting its landmark designation by the City in

NYU Expansion Plan; Not Over, But Still Outrageous

Last week’s news that the First Department Panel of the Appellate Division struck down Supreme Court Justice Donna Mills’ ruling halting much of the NYU expansion plan was disappointing to say the least.  But, as we have reminded people, it

A Groundbreaking Groundbreaking

On August 12, 1964, ground was broken for the construction of 505 LaGuardia Place (then known as 505 West Broadway), the first of the three towers which, along with the giant Picasso sculpture “Sylvette,” form what was called University Village.