Sunday, July 15, 2012

Tonight: 'NYU and the Destruction of New York'

From the EV Grieve inbox from McNally Jackson Books...
NYU and the Destruction of New York
Tonight at 7, Peter Carey, Fran Lebowitz, Kevin Baker, Joseph McElroy and Jefferson Mays will all be in the store to protest NYU’s Sexton Plan.

The Sexton Plan may not be familiar to those of you who don’t live in the Greenwich Village or are affiliated with NYU, but it should. This is a proposal that anyone who cares about New York should know about, and be concerned about.

NYU’s expansion plan, as proposed, will erect up to 2.5 million square feet of new building space in the Greenwich Village. In the process, they will destroy three acres of green space. That includes the Sasaki Gardens, the Mercer Street Dog Run, the Key Park Playground and a beautiful grove of trees. It also will require 20 years of continuous construction, without any delay, to begin this August.

The replacement? A number of NYU buildings, including eventually, a pedestrian mall slung between two skyscrapers. This is not the Greenwich Village you think of when you think of Dylan Thomas and James Baldwin and Jackson Pollock and John Cage living in its streets and making art. It’s not even the Greenwich Village you think of now, full of young people and old, dogs and stragglers, tourists and long-time residents. Imagine Washington Square Park. Now imagine it in the shadow of a 48-story hotel tower.

Peter Carey, Fran Lebowitz, Kevin Baker, Joseph McElroy and Jefferson Mays (reading the work of Eileen Myles) will all be present to speak against the plan, and refreshments (wine) will be provided.

They’re mad. We’re mad. And you should be too.

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NYC Free Concerts said...

I have been saying this for years now: the city should stop the NYU cannibalization of Manhattan's downtown neighborhoods and tell them to expand their campus in the other boroughs.

Anonymous said...

It would be easier to bear if they hired good architects, but they always end up erecting monuments of banality. When did you last think 'that NYU building at ___ is such a great design'? NYU is one of the worst custodians of New York.

glamma said...

I am one THOUSAND percent opposed to NYU's expansion plan, as anyone with a brain or a shred of social responsibility should be.
Hooray for Fran Lebowitz, Matthew Broderick and everyone else standing up againt the purple monster. Let's slay the awful beast!

der Nick von Weilbacher said...

Sweet! Progress is better than regress. I hope the new constructions brings in the bucks for local businesses and construction workers! Nice to see economic activity and academic expansion in the city.

Anonymous said...

Don't fret der Nick--this city dances to the tune of relentless economic activity and "progress." As for local businesses, exactly which ones do you see benefiting? Are there some left around NYU?