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

You’re Invited: “Victory for Parks” Party – Sat., March 15, 2014, 1pm, LaGuardia Place between Bleecker and W. 3rd Streets

The “Victory for Parks” party will be on Saturday, March 15, at 1pm in LaGuardia Park (LaGuardia Place between Bleecker and W. 3rd in front of the statue of Fiorello LaGuardia). Note: this is a change of date – please let everyone know of the change to 3/15.

Come – and bring your friends/neighbors – to this important event!

Join the “Victory for Parks” party (was 3/9, now 3/15 – see above!), 1pm at the LaGuardia Statue on LaGuardia Place between Bleecker & W. 3rd

Please join us at the “Victory for Parks” party on Sunday, March 9th SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 1pm at LaGuardia Park (on LaGuardia Place between W 3rd and Bleecker Sts.)
On January 7th, Judge Donna Mills made a crucial ruling that will protect parkland in Greenwich Village from being obliterated by the NYU expansion plan.  It’s a great victory for all those who believe that our open spaces truly belong to all of us, and that they can’t be given away without due process. Since the court victory, it’s been cited a number of times by other communities fighting similar battles – including Willets Point in Queens, the Lower East Side/Chinatown, Flushing Meadow Park in Queens – as a major turning point.
This party will serve as a jumping off point for “Save Our Parks and Open Spaces” Week.  We will ask everyone to call or email City Hall during the week to ask the administration to support our open spaces.  We will also be circulating a letter/petition for supporters to sign.
Looking forward to seeing you on 3/9 Saturday, 3/15, 1pm, at the LaGuardia Statue!
Spread the word to your friends and neighbors – the more attending the better.

Media Coverage of Court Decision

Media Coverage of the State Supreme Court Decision:

NY Times:
NY Daily News:
NY Post:
Bloomberg News:
NYU Local:

Judge says Superblocks Parks are PARKS

Judge has ruled that three of the open space strips on the Superblocks are PARKS and cannot be taken by NYU!

From the judge’s decision:
“…the court concludes that the public trust doctrine applies to three of the four parcels of land involved, the Mercer Playground, LaGuardia Park, and LaGuardia Corner Gardens. That does not mean, however, that NYU will ultimately be prevented from going forward with its Project, as approved by the City Council. Rather, it means that NYU must obtain the approval of the New York State Legislature if it intends to substantially interfere with the parcels of land which are now used as parks, either by using them as construction staging areas, or by altering them by incorporating them into larger areas of public spaces. Despite the assertion of petitioner Glick to the contrary, NYU may be able to obtain the approval of the State Legislature. If, however, NYU is unsuccessful in its efforts, it will, at the very least, have to develop alternative areas for construction staging that will not interfere with the use by the public of Mercer Playground, LaGuardia Park, and LaGuardia Corner Gardens.”

Note that the judge specifically did not include the open space strip in front of Coles Gym, so it is possible that the Zipper Building may be able to proceed.  Gibson Dunn is the firm that brought the lawsuit on behalf of several co-petitioners including NYU FASP, NYS Assemblymember Deborah Glick, GVSHP, LaGuardia Corner Garden, LMNO(P), Washington Square Village Tenants’ Association and many more.  Randy Mastro, lead attorney for Gibson Dunn on the case, has stated his belief that the judge’s decision stops NYU 2031 in its tracks and the entire project cannot proceed.  NYU spokesman John Beckman, however, counters that the Plan can proceed except for on the three strips.

More information to come as it is available.