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School Rezoning Update

In January of 2013, at the end of a three-year deliberation, city agencies voted to split the “school choice” zone historically shared by our local elementary schools into distinct zones for each school.

The new zones for PS3 and PS41 will go into effect at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, coinciding with the opening of the Foundling School at W 16th St and 6th Ave. New elementary school students entering school in 2014 will be zoned according to the newly drawn zone lines as described below, but no currently-enrolled student will have to switch schools, and younger siblings will be able to attend their older siblings’ schools.

The impact upon most families in NYU housing will be as follows:

  • Families living south of Washington Square North (including those in Washington Square Village, Silver Towers, 29 & 37 Washington Square West, and 14 & 15 Washington Place) will be zoned for PS3.
  • Families living north of Washington Square North (including those in 7-13 Washington Square North, the Mews, and on East 8th Street) will be zoned for PS41.
  • Families living in the Armory will be zoned for the new Foundling School.

The enrollment application process for the 2013 school year is unlikely to change from that of previous years, but the Department of Education may yet choose to amend it. The DOE also has yet to finalize the details of the enrollment process for the 2014 year.

The city’s zoning decision is final, although community members may continue to direct comments to the Manhattan District 2 Community Education Council, or CEC. Visit the CEC’s website for additional documents related to the rezoning, including maps, the final approved resolution, and more.

For more information, contact Joyce Rittenburg, Manager, Residential Services, Office of Faculty Housing.

The following map shows the zone lines for PS3 and PS41 as approved by the CEC on January 23, 2013. A second map below shows a proposed revision to these zone lines. Click the images to download larger PDFs.

Approved Zoning Map

The split zone as approved by the CEC. Click to view as a larger PDF.


The CEC Zoning Committee continues to discuss a community-generated proposal to add 3 blocks to the PS 3 school zone. An upcoming working group meeting will be on Tuesday, February 12th at 6:30 pm at 333 Seventh Avenue (between 28th and 29th Streets) in the 7th floor conference room. The subsequent vote will occur at the CEC's next calendar/working business meeting on Wednesday, February 27th at 6:30 pm (location TBD).

Proposed Split

The proposed map will add 3 blocks to the PS 3 school zone. Click to download a larger PDF.

City Relations

The Office of Government and Community Affairs (OGCA) works with the New York City Council, legislative staff, various elected officials and city agencies on programs and policy issues that are vital to the University.  The New York City Council and city agencies support many University projects, such as the NYU College of Dentistry Mobile Dental Van and Dental Clinics, that enables NYU to provide dental services to underrepresented populations throughout the city, and the Leadership Institute for Black Nurses, that advances black nurses’ careers and addresses the extreme disparities in health between African-Americans and other groups. 

The office also coordinates the University's interaction with city elected officials and monitors legislative activity to share with, and receive feedback from, the University community.  In addition to working with city government, NYU contributes to, and collaborates with, organizations and businesses throughout the city.  To learn more about the outreach the University is involved in and the organizations we work with, check out Community Relations.


Get Involved

NYU is primarily located within City Council District 1 represented by Councilmember Margaret Chin.  Councilmember Daniel R. Garodnick represents City Council District 4, where the NYU Langone Medical Center and School of Medicine is located and Councilmember Rosie Mendez represents City Council District 2, where the NYU College of Dentistry and Student Health Center reside. Based in downtown Brooklyn, NYU-Poly is located within City Council District 33, represented by Councilmember Stephen Levin.  To find out who your representatives are, check out the New York City Council website.

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