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The Ask

Women's Leadership Seminar

A one-night leadership and negotiating seminar for women in nonprofit and business management.
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Film Festival

Film Festival Screening

A free community screening of the winning entries from this year's First Run Film Festival.
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March Newsletter

Take a look through the events and stories collected in our most recent NYU in NYC Community Newsletter.
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Community News and Announcements

The Intrigue and Magic of Poe

April 4, 2014

NYU and Lois Rakoff, Community Director of the Poe Room, invite you to a celebration of Edgar Allan Poe’s life and legacy. Artists will present responses and interpretations of Poe through music, painting, performance, and other mediums.

Friday, April 25, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
NYU School of Law, Furman Hall, Rm 216
245 Sullivan St (at West 3rd St)  

RSVP required »


March Newsletter

March 24, 2014

Teen scientists' robot wars, a spotlight on entrepreneurship, a new report from the University Space Priorities Working Group, and more in our NYU in NYC March Newsletter.

Smarch Newsletter

Report: Citi Bike Takes New York

March 6, 2014

Why does Citi Bike work? A new report from the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management examines how the city's famed density and walkability lends itself well to a tightly knit web of bike share stations. Learn more »


University Space Priorities Working Group Issues Final Report

March 4, 2014

The NYU University Space Priorities Working Group (USPWG) was tasked with giving definitive guidance to the University Administration on implementation of the Core Plan; of taking account of the existing, pressing space needs of academic units and programs; and of listening to the implications of the NYU Core Project for members of the University community.

After 18 months of analysis, a 26-member faculty-led working group has concluded that "faculty and students at New York University need more space in which to study, teach, and live. The best place for that space is the current site of the Coles Sports Center."

Core Plan Commitments

A Look at NYU's New Entrepreneurs Lab

March 3, 2014

The newly unveiled Leslie eLab will provide nearly 6,000 square feet of space for aspiring NYU entrepreneurs to connect, collaborate, and use resources to help develop their ideas and inventions into start-up companies.  

February 2014 Community Newsletter

February 27, 2014

As February draws to a close, snow and slush still rule the streets -- but events, academic endeavors, and achievements have been heating up around NYU. Read about news, free and public activities, recent civic accomplishments, and more in our February Community Newsletter.

February Newsletter

Open Space Oversight Committee Minutes

February 25, 2014

NYU sent an update to the OSOO to follow up from the 12/18/2013 meeting. The minutes of that meeting are also available. Learn more »  

Core Plan Commitments

Silver Medalist and NYU Diving Coach Scott Donie on the Challenges of Sochi

February 12, 2014

As the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi get underway, NYU Diving Coach, two-time Olympian, and silver medalist Scott Donie reflects on the Olympic experience, the thrill of victory, and how the politics and security issues in Russia may impact the athletes competing there.

The NYU Furman Center Congratulates Director Vicki Been on Appointment as Commissioner of NYC HPD

February 8, 2014

We're proud to recognize several members of the NYU community who were recently selected to lead Mayor de Blasio's housing “dream team.” The Mayor has appointed Professor Vicki Been as Commissioner of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD); Shola Olatoye (MPA '01) as Chair of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA); Gary Rodney (MPA '99) as Director of the Housing Development Corp (HDC); and Mindy S. Tarlow (Executive MPA student '16) as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations. The entire NYU community is proud to be affiliated with these accomplished New York City public service leaders.

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Vicki Been

120 Physicians at NYU Langone Medical Center Recognized As “America’s Top Doctors”

February 4, 2014

NYU Langone Medical Center today announced that 120 physicians across a full spectrum of care were recognized as top doctors by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. in its 13th edition of “America’s Top Doctors.”   Each year Castle Connolly identifies the top 1 percent of physicians in the nation, in more than 60 medical specialties and subspecialties for the care and treatment of more than 1,700 diseases and medical conditions. Learn more »


Students Give Aid Around the World With Alternative Breaks

February 2, 2014

Lending a hand in India, the Dominican Republic, and beyond—see a slideshow of global snapshots from the winter New York University NYU Service Alternative Breaks trips.

Alternative Breaks

A New Early Education Center Opens in Washington Square Village

January 28, 2014

Thirty sets of brightly colored boots tromped through this year’s first snowfall to their first day of preschool at the Creative Steps Early Care and Education Center—a wonderfully renovated, state-of-the-art community facility that opened January 6, 2014 in Washington Square Village.

"The new Center helps fill one of this neighborhood's most serious needs, bringing families better access to quality early education services,” says Council Member Margaret Chin, who secured the space during the City’s ULURP negotiations with NYU in 2012.

Learn about the new Center, see photos, and explore enrollment information at NYU in NYC »

Creative Steps

Update on Public School Commitments

January 24, 2014

According to the terms of the 2012 ULURP agreement between NYU and the City, the NYC School Construction Authority has the option to build a school which would be incorporated into the Bleecker Building. The SCA must provide NYU with notice of intent to build a school by December 31, 2014, and commence construction by July 1, 2018. NYU will provide the SCA with annual updates regarding NYU's anticipated construction schedule until the SCA's construction window has elapsed. NYU sent their second annual update letter to the SCA on December 12, 2013. Learn more »


"Devotion: Excavating Bob Mizer" at 80WSE

January 22, 2014

NYU's 80WSE Gallery presents the world's first major solo presentation of trailblazing photographer Bob Mizer, father of "Beefcake" photography and a visionary documentarian of American subcultures from the 1940s to the 1990s.

From the New York Times review: "Some pieces could be mistaken for photographs by Diane Arbus, including one of a grinning little girl in a dance costume, holding a giant trophy.... If you didn’t know better, you might guess that the image of a nude man on all fours, with antlers rising from the top of his head, was a Mapplethorpe.... There are pictures from which Norman Rockwell could have made paintings, like one of four pretty young blond women, looking beseechingly at a policeman, who smiles as he writes a parking ticket for their car in the background.... The diversity ... defies generalization, except for one thing: They all share an optimistic spirit."

Ongoing through February 15
80WSE Gallery, 80 Washington Square East
Tuesday-Saturday 10:30 am - 6:00 pm

Accolades for NYU School of Engineering Incubators

January 16, 2014

The New York State Regional Economic Development Council has awarded official Certified Business Incubator status to the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering's business incubators, following their record contributions to local economic activity.

“We are gratified that New York State has honored our incubators with this official designation because it recognizes the important role that a university can play in the economic health of a community as well as its value to entrepreneurs,” said NYU Dean of Engineering Katepalli R. Sreenivasan. Learn more »


E. L. Doctorow Reading, January 30

January 14, 2014

Acclaimed author and NYU professor E. L. Doctorow will read from his latest novel, Andrew's Brain ("an enigmatic wonder" --Washington Post) in an intimate evening at the NYU School of Law.

Thursday, January 30, 7:00 pm
NYU School of Law, Greenberg Lounge
40 Washington Square South

Email to reserve a space

Learn more about NYU's spring reading series, featuring Pulitzer Prize winner Rae Armantrout (Jan. 31), National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes (February 7), and others.

E.L. Doctorow

Programs and Information

Staying Connected

The Office of Government and Community Affairs (OGCA) is the University's primary liaison to the community. OGCA fields questions, addresses concerns, and disseminates information on a variety of University topics, ranging from free and public events to updates on construction projects.

OGCA also builds partnerships with local community groups, BIDs, and nonprofits, and collaborates on a number of events and programs open to the members of the NYU community as well as local residents.

  • Please direct other general correspondance to:

Office of Government and Community Affairs
25 W 4th Street, New York, NY 10012
212-998-2400 |

Members of the press should direct inquiries to the NYU Public Affairs Office at 212-998-6840.

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