Monday, December 19, 2011

NYU Expansion Vote No!!!!!


John Sexton ran down and testified Mike Bloomberg must have a third term and now you know why and also why he and every evil real estate magnate that would crush our community is giving truck loads of money to Christine Quinn Mike’s mini-me a puppet, a pathetic woman who sold her soul to NYU and Bill Rudin and Wall Street.

I posted this comment when I signed the petition:

I strongly urge you not to approve or support New York University’s massive planned 20 year expansion plan in the Village. The plan is not only wrong for the Village and surrounding neighborhoods, which would be severely impacted, but New York City and even NYU itself.

The plan requires undoing long-standing neighborhood zoning and open space protections and urban renewal deed restrictions, as well as selling off public land used as parks. NYU would shoehorn 2.5 million square feet of space – the equivalent of the Empire State Building! – into an area south of Washington Square Park which simply cannot absorb it. It would drastically tip the balance of this and surrounding neighborhoods. At best, in a mere 20 years, NYU would be back asking for more zoning changes and more public land to expand further.

There are much better alternatives. In the Financial District such development would be contextual and welcome, adding to the diversity of that growing neighborhood. It would be just a few minutes by subway and walking distance from NYU’s main hubs in Washington Square and Downtown Brooklyn. It would allow NYU vastly greater possibilities for future growth, and in a way that would help the city, not strangle and overwhelm some of its most historic and delicately-balanced neighborhoods.

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