Update on the Legal Fight for our Neighborhood and Open Space Citywide

This weeks edition of The Villager has an update on the legal battle against the NYU2031 Plan – and for parks citywide. Click here for the article:  http://thevillager.com/2014/11/27/n-y-u-plan-foes-appeal-to-states-highest-court/

Daily News Editorial by Henry Stern

See this editorial in the Daily News by former NYC Parks Department Commissioner Henry Stern (there is a box at the bottom in which you can add comments):
http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/henry-stern-de-blasio-side-villagers-nyu-article-1.1962540

Rally and Appeal Press Coverage Links

Some coverage of Wednesday’s impressive – and percussive – Rally in front of the statue of Fiorello LaGuardia (who, for the occasion, held STOMP trash-can lids) and the appeal:

Important Rally Wed., Sept. 24th, noon by the LaGuardia Statue, LaGuardia Pl. between Bleecker & W. 3rd

While the original alerts asked for people to come to the courthouse, our side’s counselors and co-petitioners have now asked that instead, as many as possible come to the Rally at noon on Wednesday, 9/24, LaGuardia Park in front of the LaGuardia Statue between Bleecker and W. 3rd Streets.

Per GVSHP: “While we had previously encouraged the public to attend the court hearing at 2pm, because of the limited size of the courtroom, as well as for other reasons, we are now instead urging the public to attend the rally at noon as the best way to show support for the cause. Please spread the word and encourage friends, family, and neighbors to attend!”

Court Date: Sept 24th, 2pm, 27 Madison Ave at 25th St.

9/24: Oral Arguments in NYU/NYC’s appeal against Judge Mill’s decision in favor of three of our PARKS, and the community co-petitioners’ counter-appeal by the wonderful attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

Show your support for our side by coming to the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division First Department, 27 Madison Avenue at 25th Street, at 2pm on Wednesday, September 24th.

September Events in our Superblock PARKS

Please share these September events in the Superblock parks (between Bleecker and W. 3rd Streets) with your friends and neighbors.

NOW: “Sonic Forest” in LaGuardia Park. This world-renowned art installation by Christopher Janney is a concert of lights and sounds created by all who pass in and around it. Pass your hands over the low apertures with the painted “handprints” and be part of the orchestra! Through Sept 11.

Sept. 20th at 11am: Kids’ free “Learn to Ride a Bicycle” class in Mercer Playground. No training wheels needed! Register at http://tinyurl.com/mercerbikeclass  Bring a child with bike and helmet (if you don’t have a bike and/or helmet, email info@caan2031.org and we’ll try to supply what’s needed). Volunteers welcome – please come an hour early for brief training.

For more information, email info@caan2031.org

LaGuardia Corner Garden on TV

CAAN member LaGuardia Community Gardens will be included on this coming episode of Farm Kings.  Check out the show on Friday, August 22nd @ 10pm on the Great American Country channel!

Community Garden Coalition Fundraiser – Invitation from CAAN member LaGuardia Corner Garden

CAAN2031 Member, the LaGuardia Corner Garden, invites all to:
NEW YORK CITY COMMUNITY GARDEN COALITION
“BACK TO THE GARDEN” FUNDRAISER
CELEBRATING COMMUNITY GARDENS & GARDENERS
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
6:30pm-9:00pm
at Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South
Join NYCCGC as we recognize the achievements of community gardeners and present awards to honor their work.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Helen Slottje, renowned environmental lawyer and recent winner of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize! Helen has worked with communities across New York to ban fracking and has committed to taking back local control of significant decisions that affect social and physical landscapes.
Honoree: Speaker of New York City Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito
Musical Guests: Diana Jones, Rashad Brown

Recent Articles on NYU Administration

Some recent NY Times articles about the NYU Administration and real estate, construction, loans, etc.:

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/05/26/n-y-u-crisis-in-abu-dhabi-stretches-to-wall-street/

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/13/education/edlife/the-power-broker-of-nyu.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/19/nyregion/workers-at-nyus-abu-dhabi-site-face-harsh-conditions.html

and one from the NY Post: http://nypost.com/2014/04/16/nyu-scion-scored-spacious-faculty-apartment-during-housing-squeeze/

from last year: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/15/nyregion/facing-criticism-nyu-will-cease-loans-to-top-employees-for-second-homes.html

Gotham Gazette article on Mayor de Blasio and NYU 2031

See this article today in the Gotham Gazette.  Feel free to comment….

http://gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5022-deblasio-nyu-expansion-2031-sexton-controversy

Petition to Save Parks in the Village and Citywide

Please sign, and share this petition link with others, to help us show that we care about our parks!

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/our-five-borough-petition-for-save-our-parks

Final Report of NYU’s internal “Space Priorities Working Group”

After insisting to CB2, the Borough President, City Planning Commission and City Council that NYU had carefully examined its space needs, and after receiving approvals based on those stated needs (that we hope the lawsuit rolls completely back!), NYU convened an internal Space Priorities Working Group. Their final report was released today.  You can read it at: http://www.nyu.edu/content/dam/nyu/spacePriorities/documents/USPWG_Final_Report.pdf