At NYU's Office of Government and Community Affairs, we've spent the summer thinking about how to provide more communication and better access to information. We're happy to announce the launch of our new user-friendly website – a guide to our local service programs, free events, construction projects, and core plan – and to release this first edition of our revamped newsletter. We hope to see more of you, in person and on the web, as we kick off a new season of great events and programs. Here are some of the recent events and announcements from the last month.
Read our September 2013 Community Newsletter, or explore the stories below.
It was an exciting day for students, an emotional day for parents, and a festive day for NYU staff: August 25, 2013, NYU welcomed a new class of students to their first year of college.
Families came from as close as Grand Street and as far as Guangzhou. Linking them all were shared feelings of pride, hope, and joy - and the bittersweet feeling that comes with such a big transition.
As always, we wish to thank our neighbors around the Village for being gracious in welcoming the newest crop of students to town. This year, as in years past, we were happy to offer a parking refund for neighbors who were disadvantaged by the deluge during the momentous day. If you find yourself inconvenienced next year, be sure to take up the offer from NYU’s Office of Government and Community Affairs. Read more »
Edward Hopper fans can rest easy: The artist’s former studio, long preserved inside the Silver School of Social Work at 3 Washington Square North, has now been officially marked for posterity. On September 12, the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center honored Hopper and conferred on the building a Cultural Medallion extolling his contributions to the arts.
We've posted an up-to-date fact sheet on the NYU Core Plan. You'll find it a useful guide to the plan's background, the project as approved, the features required by the City, the process going forward, and what’s happening now. Explore the fact sheet and other materials in the Documents and Downloads section of our Core Plan Commitments page.
On Thursday, September 12, the NYU Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK) convened the first in a series of public meetings for neighbors and community leaders to help shape the Federal Government's rebuilding process after Hurricane Sandy.
Over 75 people from communities across the region shared their experiences and ideas with engineers, architects, designers, and planners competing in an innovative program called Rebuild by Design, organized by the Department of Housing and Urban Development with IPK as a primary research partner.
This Constitution Day, September 17, the NYU Brademas Center convened a panel of constitutional experts for an in-depth discussion of the global nature of the constitution. Four scholars debated the influences of the US Constitution abroad, how it has been a model for other countries in establishing the rule of law, and how other nations have changed - and in many cases, improved upon - the US's constitutional model.
New York University will be renovating the 1st and 2nd floor of 20 Cooper Square. This project will include internal renovation, Local Law 11 facade work, window and shutter renewal, and the installation of a rooftop cooling tower.
What can you grow on Houston Street?
Plenty, it turns out—and at noon on September 26, NYU faculty and students and a gaggle of community preschoolers gathered at the Urban Farm Lab's first-ever harvest celebration to feast on that bounty.
Read the full story at NYU Stories »
NYU continues to make progress on various commitments related to its city-approved Core Plan. The most recent progress markers involve the Washington Square Village Community Facility, various open spaces and parklands, and the Open Space Oversight Committee. Learn more about these and other commitments and milestones on our committments page »
At an award ceremony early this summer, New York University’s Office of Civic Engagement awarded more than $160,000 in grants to 83 community-based non-profit organizations, with money raised through the NYU Combined Campaign, the T.G. White Fund, and progamming by the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Over the past 30 years, the Combined Campaign has awarded over 1,600 grants totaling more than $2.5M to local nonprofit organizations.
“The grant funding comes not from the University itself, but from hundreds of NYU employees, each of whom believes in the important work being done by these organizations every day,” said Bill Pfeiffer, director of the Office of Civic Engagement.