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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

Mayor de Blasio Explores Issues Facing NYC at Skirball Center

April 18, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio joined fellow NYU alum Maria Bartiromo for a public discussion earlier this month at the NYU Skirball Center. The Mayor discussed his time at NYU as well as his first 100 days in office and his plans to improve New York’s public education system, which is at the center of his vision for the city. “We need to do better at the high school level to prepare our young people,” said de Blasio, adding “I think the higher education complex in this city is going to play an even bigger role in this city than it ever has.”

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NYU Students Win Clinton Global Initiative Fellowships

April 17, 2014

The Clinton Global Initiative’s Social Venture Challenge awarded fellowships to three NYU students for innovative social ventures with measurable impacts for sustainable global change. Students will be able to work closely with major organizations like CGI and Net Impact, and receive pro bono legal services, career advice, and other kinds of support.


Faculty Awards: Emmys, Guggenheims, and Pulitzers

April 14, 2014

Two NYU faculty have won 2014 Pulitzer Prizes: Annie Baker, an adjunct professor of dramatic writing at the Tisch School of the Arts, and Dan Fagin, a professor in the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Twelve New York University professors and instructors have been awarded Guggenheim Fellowships this year (of 178 recipients total). And Marcia Rock, director of the News and Documentary program at the Carter Institute, won a 2014 New York Emmy Award for her documentary, “SERVICE: When Women Come Marching Home.”


A Bear Hug for Children in Distress

April 6, 2014

In response to the tragic building collapse in Harlem, the NYU Administrative Management Council collected hundreds of teddy bears for Project SAFE (Stuffed Animals For Emergencies) to help ease the fears of children experiencing  trauma. Items were distributed to families by the Faith Mission and Christian Fellowship in Harlem.


Earth Day is Every Day at NYU in April

April 1, 2014

NYU has been celebrating the 45th annual Earth Day with a month-long festival of eco-friendly events and educational opportunities, including hiking and biking trips, an Earth Day Street Fair, films, lectures, participatory green projects, and more. Events were publicized throughout the month at the NYU Free and Public Events blog, with up-to-the-minute announcements on twitter @NYUinNYC.


Mourning the Passing of Jay Oliva

April 17, 2014

The NYU community mourns the passing of Dr. L. Jay Oliva, who served NYU for 42 years as faculty member, dean, vice president, chancellor, and president. Dr. Olivas’ love, devotion, and energy helped build a university that attracts the finest students from all over the world, boasts scholars at the top of their fields, sends more students to study abroad than any other institution, and more. His death came too soon and too suddenly. We grieve with his family, and strive each and every day to sustain the academic momentum he did so much to help initiate.

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NYU Steinhardt's Georgiou Children's Library Receives $1.3M Grant

April 10, 2014

A $1.3 million gift from the EHA Foundation will expand support for the Georgiou Children’s Library and Literary Resource Center, which serves families from local communities, NYU students, and researchers from around the globe.

Free weekly children's story times continue through the remainder of the season at Georgiou.


Manhattan Development Becomes Data Science Lab

April 15, 2014

The Hudson Yards project will create, among other things, a living laboratory for urban data science. NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) will measure and model pedestrian flows, street traffic, air quality, energy use, waste disposal, recycling, and the health and activity levels of workers and residents. Access to data will help urban planners and engineers design future infrastructure to better meet city dwellers’ needs and usage patterns.


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.

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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."

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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.  

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

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