The days without power had drawn on long enough that, for some, new rituals, not entirely unpleasant, were suddenly about to disappear (until the next time?)
Capital is proud to present For the Records, a documentary about the last days of Greenwich Village record-store holdout Bleecker Bob's, by Hazel Sheffield and Emily Judem. Running time: 32 minutes.(39)
A poll of New York University faculty, the results of which were released yesterday, has found that a majority of them oppose the school's ambitious expansion plans. But there are reasons for the administration to hope they may yet move faculty to their way of thinking.(3)
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)
Small but famous neighborhood institutions like the restaurant Blue Hill New York, Cafe Wha? and Bleecker Bob's are among the local businesses and block associations on the roster of Villagers for a Sustainable Neighborhood, which objects, the group said today, to the NYU2031 plan's "Midtown-like" scope.
At N.Y.U., faculty form a group to protest big 2031 expansion, and the Sexton administration stays mum about it
"Here's a project where just to service the debt would cost as much as the entire tuition revenue of the school," a professor in N.Y.U.'s Stern School of Business, who has joined the faculty group, told Capital. "And that seems completely absurd."
And at the other end of that debt repayment, some faculty see a bleak future.
"What we're looking at," professor Mark Crispin Miller said, "is turning the institution into a school for rich dummies."
A rally against the N.Y.U. expansion plan, but this time it's students and faculty holding the signs
"This is a moment of historical importance," said N.Y.U. professor of media, culture, and communications Mark Crispin Miller at yesterday's rally. He described a 50-year history of neighborhood protests against N.Y.U. expansion plans.
"Never before has the faculty stood with the community," he said. "We're standing with the community now."
Miller is helping to lead a new group that calls itself the NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan, or NYUFASP, which was one group involved in organizing the rally. (The "Sexton Plan" is a nickname for NYU 2031, which comes from the name of its foremost proponent, university president John Sexton.)(2)
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)
There are lots of reasons to want to live on Jennifer Aniston's block, a very pretty Greenwich Village block in which she is presently sharing an apartment with actor Justin Theroux. It's one of the best neighborhoods in New York, for certain kinds of rich people.
The only downside of life on Jennifer Aniston's block, it appears, is Jennifer Aniston. And not Aniston herself, but the phenomenon of Aniston-level paparazzi traffic.
"We fought the good fight as long as we could" Berman said, addressing the audience. Regarding the Landmark Preservation Committee, GVSHP's best friend and sworn enemy, Berman said he planned to "encourage them and acknowledge all the good work that they do, but really hold their feet to the fire."