This holiday season, how would you like to have dessert and drinks with Cynthia Nixon and her wife Christine Marinoni? Have lunch with Bill Moyers, Fran Lebowitz or Lewis Lapham? “Hulk Out” with a signed mask and set of figurines from Mark Ruffalo? Go on a two-hour shopping expedition, to curate your pantry and spice collection, with Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi? Play basketball with John Leguizamo? Get a signed copy of Bianca Jagger’s ‘Arts for Human Rights’ event catalogue? Get a book signed by E.L. Doctorow, a manuscript page from Philip Glass, an uncorrected galley of Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Vol.1, an Alex Katz print, a photograph of William S. Burroughs by Gary Indiana, a painting by actor Joel Grey, signed copies of all Eric Bogosian’s published works, or a signed personal photo by Matthew Modine from the set of Full Metal Jacket? Become the owner of the rare Omas fountain pen that former US Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Levine used to write The Mercy? Snap up a poster signed by Edward Norton?
Starting today, all those boldface names—and others—will take part in an online auction to help fund the struggle that NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan (NYUFASP) and Village residents and supporters are waging against NYU’s ruinous 2031 expansion plan—a project that will crush the Village. The auction lasts until December 18th
If the link above does not work, access the auction at http://auction.nyufasp.com
Tuesday, November 26, 6:30pm at 505 LaGuardia Place just south of Bleecker St. (Community Room)
Please come to a public meeting on the city-owned lands on the North Superblock (LaGuardia Park with the statue of Fiorello LaGuardia, and Mercer Playground for older kids) plus on the South Superblock the chain-link-fenced area between Coles Gym and Morton Williams supermarket. NYU is required to improve these spaces per the Restrictive Declaration that was implemented upon approval of the NYU 2031 Plan.
Let’s provide input on what is wanted and needed in OUR parks, rather than allow NYU’s architects to simply tell us what we’ll get. The more used and loved we make our neighborhood parks, the harder it will be for NYU to commandeer them for construction equipment parking or access plazas.
Your input is crucial! Please attend (and bring your friends/neighbors) to show that we care about our parks.
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 6:30 at 505 LaGuardia Place.
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From NYU FASP (Faculty Against the Sexton Plan):
Here’s some good news about next Tuesday’s FASP fundraiser in the penthouse at the Hotel Standard—a bash co-sponsored by Susan Sarandon, Fran Lebowitz and Padma Lakshmi:
A number of supporters who have paid at least $250 for their tickets will be unable to attend. This means that there will now be room for others who are equally committed to our fight, but can’t afford to spend as much.
We badly need to raise whatever funds we can, while also hoping to include as many of our colleagues as possible. Therefore, our Steering Committee has decided that we will accept donations of $100.
Thank you for your commitment. We look forward to a rousing celebration of our fight so far—and the victory that all of us will win.
Article in the Times – seems NYU is worried that faculty discontent may reduce their credit rating and make it more difficult to borrow for their massive, expensive expansion plan!
Kudos to NYU Faculty for standing up and bringing some of NYU’s wasteful policies to a halt.
Still more to do, though – faculty and community together!
The attorneys from Gibson Dunn who are fighting the NYU 2031 Plan (aka the “Sexton Plan) on the community’s behalf for their clients (NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan and several other co-petitioners), argued eloquently before Judge Donna Mills that the public open space strips have long been known to the community as PARKS and only as PARKS. Randy Mastro and Jim Walden argued that the “Article 78″ case should proceed because the City’s approval of the Plan was flawed in several ways, including alienating parkland (changing from park use to anything else) without the required state legislative approval, not going back to the community after changes in the application for Plan approval were made, improper Environmental Impact Statements and more.
They stated to the judge that there has been an implied dedication of these spaces as parks even if the City never remapped them to the Parks Department; the community knows them only as parks, they sport NYC Parks Department logos and have been in continuous use as parkland – gardens, playgrounds and a dog run for decades. Therefore, they need to be “alienated” by state legislative action before they can be used as anything else.
NYC and NYU’s attorneys countered these arguments by stating that NYC Department of Transportation is the official owner of the strips and they are kept in trust as streets, while also arguing against the other claims as well and asking that the Article 78 suit be dismissed.
The courtroom was packed with community members who were shocked that the judge did not look at the attorneys as they stated their positions, and that she limited the attorneys’ time to 30 minutes for each side. The judge seems to prefer written testimony to spoken, and gave the attorneys two weeks from the hearing to provide additional information in writing. We do not know when she will decide whether to dismiss the case or allow it to proceed, or if there will be any additional hearings.
Do these look like streets to you, needed for possible vehicular traffic when they’re adjacent to real streets? NYC and NYU state that the fact that ownership was never changed from the Department of Transportation to the Department of Parks (a change that NYU blocked for decades) is why they are not parks being alienated by being taken over for NYU’s use.
WE created and use these parks, designing and planting and augmenting them based on community needs, but to NYC’s and NYU’s attorneys they are simply streets that we happen to be using as parks at the moment. Now it’s up to one judge to decide.
The judge needs to see that this community is united and absolutely against NYU’s 2031 Plan to destroy Greenwich Village.
Please make every attempt to come and bring as many people as you can:
Date: Thursday, July 18
Place: Courthouse, 111 Centre St., Rm. 574
Easily reached by the #6 or N train to Canal Street and walk East to Centre Street then South, or take the M5 bus to Franklin St and walk East to Centre Street. Please remember to bring your photo ID to get through security, and leave some extra time.
Spread the word!
Join Us This Thursday, June 20th @ 1:30 pm in the Sasaki Garden for a Tour and Press Conference with Mayoral Candidate Sal Albanese as He Declares His Opposition to the Sexton Plan!
Come to the Sasaki Garden in the Washington Square Village courtyard – enter via any of the four WSV driveways and go up to the Garden in the center of the grounds – tomorrow at 1:30 to hear Sal Albanese publicly announce his opposition to the NYU 2031/”Sexton” Plan, and his support for the residents of the Village and for all those fighting irresponsible development throughout the City.
The bigger our attendance, the more we help show the media, the electeds, and the other mayoral candidates that we have not given up the fight!
The Villager posted a letter in response to CAAN2031 Co-Chair Marty Tessler’s editorial – see the last entry at: http://thevillager.com/2013/06/13/letters-week-of-june-13-2013/
Recent articles on how NYU spends its money on many things other than students:
Money for summer homes: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/18/nyregion/nyu-gives-stars-loans-for-summer-homes.html?hp
Marketing over students: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/17/nyu-expansion-student-debt_n_3437097.html
A hard-hitting “Talking Point” editorial in The Villager by CAAN 2031 Co-Chair Marty Tessler: http://thevillager.com/2013/05/30/carrots-sticks-air-conditioning-and-n-y-u-2031/
Feel free to leave comments so everyone knows we still care about NYU 2031 and want it stopped!
Marty raises some questions that beg even more questions:
- NYU and their expensive consultants are recommending running air conditioners (year-round and day-long, even if it’s cold!) to mask construction noise. Isn’t that the antithesis of “green” as well as expensive? And it simply masks one loud noise with another – what does that do for hearing?
- A polititian is touting “gifts” from NYU that cost us in place of what was free. Yes, having the services is good, but we also need light and air and open space which was traded away. TWO MILLION square feet of towers in exchange for reduced rents for two or three service orgs in 38k sf of space?
- The same pol using claims of victory in campaign speeches on something that was quite capably negotiated for by bigger/better pols and attorneys. Was that worth changing a residential neighborhood into a commercial one (which is part of WHY the possible land lease rent could be so high!), and giving/selling our public parkland?
Please add your comments on the WNYC page at the link below, and listen today at 1:20 either on WNYC radio or online – Attorney Jim Walden of Gibson Dunn, who is currently fighting the NYU 2031 (“Sexton”) plan, will be on the Leonard Lopate show talking about the giveaway/sale of public land:
He’ll be on from 1:20 – 2:00pm.
NYU students are becoming engaged in the fight against the NYU 2031 Plan. Community, preservation groups, faculty, attorneys and now students – the wall of opposition has grown taller than even the proposed Zipper’s towering heights. The fight continues!