Ian Wylie wrote this piece before the storm.
Post-Sandy, NYUFASP’s critique of Sexton’s plan is even more compelling.
Skyscraper’s the limit for furious NYU academics
15 November 2012
University plans to expand in Greenwich Village have sparked a grass-roots revolt, finds Ian Wylie
Mark Crispin Miller, professor of media, culture and communication at New York University Steinhardt, is warming to his role as MC for the evening. “I hope you’re all enjoying the music,” he calls out to his rowdy basement audience at the Poisson Rouge club in New York’s Greenwich Village. “Because if NYU has its way, the music will stop.”
Miller is de facto leader of the opposition to “NYU 2031” – New York University’s mooted redevelopment of its core campus in Greenwich Village that has united disgruntled members of faculty and residents of this bohemian neighbourhood, which was a powder keg of protest in the 1960s.
City planners have sanctioned the expansion but this evening’s benefit concert is raising funds for a legal challenge. Musicians John Zorn, Thurston Moore and Gary Lucas are on the bill. Celebrity residents Susan Sarandon, Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker have pledged support, too.