Late last month, the university's Department of Politics voted by a wide margin to oppose N.Y.U.'s ambitious expansion plan in a resolution. That such a large and institutionally important department should take this measure raised eyebrows, but it was not a unique occurrence. The departments of Comparative Literature, Performance Studies, Religious Studies, Anthropology and Sociology have also voted to oppose it. Other N.Y.U. departments are said to be considering passing similar resolutions—or are considering the consideration of such resolutions, including English, History and Economics.(1)
N.Y.U.'s Alicia Hurley takes on intransigent neighbors, explains how they will sell faculty on the big 2031 expansion plan
"The community always said, 'we want a plan, we want a plan,'" Hurley said. "This is the only plan we can present."
"We've spent the last 20, 30 years building our facilities around the community," said Hurley. "Do I think it's right to just continue growing in the community and not try to absorb some of this on our own property? No, I don't. I think it's time to really consider more carefully how we should be expanding. We're trying to isolate it."(7)
In the public-hearing phase for its huge new expansion, N.Y.U. girds for more tarring-and-feathering
Late in the afternoon yesterday, the plaza at near New York University’s Silver Towers was quiet. Bundled-up children played near a community garden and dog-walkers cut through the block. A small toy tractor sat alone on a bench.
Right across the street, hundreds of neighbors packed a raucous community board meeting, mostly to rally against city approval of NYU2031, a 19-year plan to build four new academic buildings in the area.(2)
If New York University had compromised with its neighbors back in 1965, Alicia Hurley’s office would have a less impressive view. Hurley, the university’s vice president for government affairs and community engagement, works from the top floor of Bobst Library, the massive red building on the south side of Washington Square Park, and her wide window looks out over the treetops and onto the Village, spread out below(1)