The Real Deal New York

The Village Vanguard: it’s time to move forward with NYU’s scaled-back superblock proposal

By James Gardner | May 23, 2012 10:30AM

From the May issue: It seems to be part of the very destiny of New York institutions, at least in recent years, to wish to expand, as though in obedience to the injunction of the poet Goethe that “you must rise or sink.” Standing still, in New York, is no longer an option.

And so, just as our museums are expanding, Columbia University yearns to double its campus in Harlem, while New York University, with the 2010 announcement of its bold initiative NYU 2031, wants to increase the amount of real estate it occupies by about 2 million square feet. [more]