It’s a very sad day for Greenwich Village, and all those who live in or visit our neighborhood. The buildings got a haircut, and we got a few thousand square feet of community space IF the city does not choose to build a school on its own dime.
Dear Villagers – community members and faculty, associations and groups, you fought valiantly, intelligently and respectfully.
NYU-the-developer, you fought dirty to get permission to make the Village into your own campus. All the benefits you tout could have been achieved without destroying the Village – expansion, jobs and academic excellence are to be had just a bit downtown. But no, you wanted the Village and only the Village.
The fight continues on July 25 when the full Council votes, and we hope they will see that NYU is offering non-existent or pre-existing community benefits (like the 6,000 square feet for a preschool that currently IS a preschool!) and getting an enormous amount of unjustified structures via an upzoning including putting one of them on a beloved playground – one of the best used playgrounds in the entire area.