"NYU is pleased and gratified by today's Court of Appeals decision. "This project has been the subject of years of planning and review, been approved overwhelmingly by the City Planning Commission and City Council, and now has been given the go-ahead by the State's highest court. We look forward to moving ahead with the project, which is vital to meeting NYU's pressing academic space needs."--NYU Spokesman John Beckman

NYU Response to Court of Appeals Decision in Favor of NYU and New York City

"NYU is pleased and gratified by today's Court of Appeals decision.

"This project has been the subject of years of planning and review, been approved overwhelmingly by the City Planning Commission and City Council, and now has been given the go-ahead by the State's highest court. We look forward to moving ahead with the project, which is vital to meeting NYU's pressing academic space needs. With the Court's ruling, we will now undertake intensive planning, and we will have more specific information on a timetable for the closing of Coles and construction in the coming months.

"We are grateful for the City's support of this project and its vigorous defense of the City Council’s approval of the project.

"The project not only keeps NYU academically competitive and helps fulfill our educational mission, it also benefits New York, as does today's decision. The project will produce jobs and economic benefits, create public open spaces – including playgrounds and planted seating areas – that will be mapped as parkland and maintained by NYU, and enable NYU to contribute to the city's idea economy and highly educated workforce by recruiting top scholars and top students. Moreover, the decision removes the threat to thousands of beloved green and recreational spaces around the state posed by the opponents’ legal theories.

"We look forward to working with our neighbors and the community as we move forward with this project."

--NYU Spokesman John Beckman