The Real Deal New York

Rockefeller University’s FDR Drive plan faces roadblock

Ambitious expansion proposal being reviewed by officials, skewered by residents
February 20, 2014 11:05AM

Rockefeller University’s proposal to expand the campus by adding 160,000 square feet above FDR Drive has been met with opposition from locals.

Plans announced in July call for a two-story laboratory, amphitheater, two pavilions and a conference center, the Wall Street Journal reported. They would rest on a platform, anchored by 10 columns, about 20 feet above the highway between East 64th and East 68th streets. The city is in the process of reviewing the project. Residents have opposed it, arguing that the building will cast shadows on open space along the river and damage views of the Roosevelt Island Tramway and the Queensboro Bridge from the highway.

University officials said the expansion is necessary to compete with other schools in recruiting top students, as many of their facilities are in need of an upgrade. Rafael Viñoly Architects is handling design on the project. [WSJ]Mark Maurer

  • DrDolittle

    I think it looks great. And the university does amazing things. I was also unaware the tramway was a view?

  • Crian Bashman

    Just NIMBYs being NIMBYs

  • Niv21

    hilarious. when all else fails…time to bring in the shadow warriors and the view blockers and so what if their view of the tram way will be blocked? It’s the price you pay living in a super dense city that needs to grow. The FDR/ East River side of Manhattan is a dump and anything that will make that area should be applauded by its residents.

  • Escutcheon

    What is hilarious is that the complaint that the views of the tram and bridge “FROM THE HIGHWAY” will be blocked. So now we are blocking developments because drivers can’t enjoy the view? Ugh.