In 2031, New York University will mark its 200th anniversary. To provide the academic infrastructure necessary for the University to fulfill its mission in that milestone year, and to coincide with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s bold planning efforts for the city, the University has—for the first time in its history—developed a long-term strategy, NYU 2031, to guide its future growth. What will NYU look like in another generation?
Working with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, NYU agreed in 2007 to convene a special Community Task Force on NYU Development. Its primary focus was to help NYU develop a strategy for growth that would balance the University's space needs with respect for its surrounding neighbors. A critical step in the process was creating a set of principles, announced in 2008, which the University has agreed will guide its future development.
With these guidelines in mind, University planners and their design team conducted extensive community outreach over the next two years, holding several open houses and scores of smaller meetings with community, civic, faculty, and student organizations. The University presented plans in over six open houses between 2007 and 2010, each attracting hundreds of people from the NYU community and neighborhood. These events provided the planners with the chance to hear from a diverse group of community members, through vigorous discussions and debates in person and by collecting written feedback. The University was able to then incorporate responses into the following rounds of planning. Those suggestions and concerns have profoundly shaped the vision that NYU presents.
The resources provided here are supportive of NYU's continued engagement with the community as the public approval process unfolds.