– June 10, 2013
You don’t often hear “NYU” and “award” in the same sentence (at least not when GVSHP is giving the award). But a bold and unapologetic group of NYU faculty who have spearheaded the charge from within against the university’s massive Village expansion plans was a favorite of the GVSHP Awards Committee this year. (:: RSVP here ::)
One of NYU FASP’s many attention-grabbing actions: digital graffiti on NYU’s Bobst Library. Photo via Dave Hogarty/ny.curbed.com
Let’s find out a little bit more about this surprising and inspiring band of rebels who will be receiving a “Village Award” at GVSHP’s Annual Meeting on June 17th, and just how much they have managed to accomplish in a short period of time.
According to NYU FASP’s website,
NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan is a group of over 400 of NYU’s own faculty members who are working together to fight NYU’s outrageous multi-billion-dollar expansion in Greenwich Village. The Sexton Plan, we believe, is financially reckless (and will certainly result in rising tuition at a school where the students are the most heavily indebted in nation), disregards faculty input and governance, will further erode the rich cultural history of the Village, and will bring more than 10,000 more people in foot traffic per day to an already over-developed area with little green space, amongst other harmful effects. We urge NYU’s administration to focus on education, not real estate.
Many NYU faculty participated in and spoke at this rally in November, 2010, against the NYU expansion plan and specifically NYU’s plan for a 400 ft. tall tower in the Silver Towers complex.
My own first encounter with NYU FASP, or at least with some of the faculty who helped form the group, was in November of 2010, when GVSHP organized and helped lead a rally against the first official (and in many ways most odious) piece of NYU’s expansion plan — a 400 ft. tall tower proposed for the landmarked portion of the I.M. Pei-designed Silver Towers complex. For one of the first times in our fight against NYU’s “2031″ expansion plan, NYU’s own faculty were standing up and vocally opposing the university’s plans as faculty members. We were successful in that part of the fight, and NYU dropped this heinous proposal for the tallest building ever constructed in the Village, which would have defiled the award-winning design GVSHP and neighbors worked so hard to get landmarked in 2008.
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