Residents Speak Out Against Proposed NYU High-Rise
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More than 200 Greenwich Village residents gathered Monday night to discuss plans that would allow NYU to expand its reach in the neighborhood.
The university wants to build a high-rise that would serve as a faculty residence and hotel.
Opponents say the new building does not fit the character of the neighborhood and that NYU should look elsewhere to build.
"Well, it's completely wrong. It's a landmark complex based on the design which is three towers around this open space and a Picasso sculpture. Just inserting a fourth tower in there and saying this will some how add to it or this was always meant to be is ridiculous and self-serving on NYU's part," said preservationist Andrew Berman.
"You come into this and it's hard, it's a lot of information we have had out there in the public talking about everything from Downtown Brooklyn to Governors Island to our campus core. I think we just want a fear hearing and hear out our rationale for why we think this is a better plan," said Alicia Hurley of NYU.
Since the proposed area between Bleeker and Houston Streets is landmarked, the school would need permission to build from the city's Landmark Preservation Commission.
If built, the tower will be 38 stories and the tallest in Greenwich Village.
"NYU is the bully in the neighborhood, NYU disregards everything the neighbors say at these meetings," said Village resident Sara Jones.
"The biggest concern, I think, is the overbuilding in our area. We've seen the loss of greenspace, we're concerned about the height of these buildings," said Village resident Jesse Kasowitz.
If the university is not given the green light to build the tower it would build it on another site just west of the original location.
NYU says that area would be "less desirable" for both the university and the residents of that neighborhood.
Construction would also not begin until 2021 because of a deal made by the school when it bought the property.