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Leslie eLab Academic Space Conversion, 16 Washington Place

New York University will be renovating the former retail space and surrounding sidewalk at 12-16 Washington Place to create a new entrepreneur's laboratory on the building’s first floor and basement level.

The Mark and Debra Leslie Entrepreneurs Lab will be a 5,900-square-foot facility in the heart of the Washington Square campus where aspiring NYU entrepreneurs from across all of NYU’s schools and colleges—be they students, faculty, or researchers—can meet to connect, collaborate, and tap into a vast array resources to help develop their ideas and inventions into startup companies. Learn more at NYU News »


Information for Neighbors


Project Timeline

  • The project is scheduled to begin in February and continue through August, 2014.
  • The most intensive period of work is scheduled through May 2014. This phase will involve demolition, material removals and deliveries, and periodic use of packer trucks to grind debris.
  • February will involve removal of furniture and minor debris and approximately one week of asbestos abatement.

Scope of Work


  • Interior work includes demolition, abatement of asbestos containing material (ACM), and construction.
  • A packer truck will be needed to grind debris as it is removed.
  • The project involves sidewalk replacement.
  • When possible, construction staging and deliveries will utilize Washington Place instead of Greene Street, where a a dumpster will be located.

Updates and Announcements


Construction Update, July 23, 2014

Painting of interior spaces is scheduled for Saturday, July 26 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Sidewalk rehabilitation (excluding the Con Edison vault) is scheduled to finish in two weeks. An update regarding the courtyard repair work will be forthcoming. 

Construction Update, July 14, 2014

Sidewalk replacement continues along Washington Place and is scheduled for completion the week of July 30th, weather and field conditions permitting. Unforeseen additional leaks found on Washington Place may delay the concrete pouring. The Con Edison vault on Greene Street will remain open until Con Edison determines their next steps.
Internal work is scheduled to continue through mid-August. Internal work hours are 8:00 am to 6:30 pm, with workers arriving at 7:00 am. Furniture deliveries and other rehab work will continue through the end of August. 

Construction Update, June 24, 2014

Saturday work for June 21 and June 28 has been cancelled. NYU understands the inconvenience that weekend work poses for our neighbors, and is exploring options to minimize future Saturday work.

Interior and sidewalk work continues. A concrete pour along Greene Street is scheduled to start Thursday, June 26 and last for approximately one week. A concrete truck will be required on site, and Green Street will be intermittently closed to vehicular traffic during the concrete pour between West 4th St and Washington Place. Work is dependent upon a response from Con Edison.

Construction Update, June 17, 2014

Saturday work hours have been scheduled for June 28th, July 12th, July 19th, and July 26th. Saturday work hours are 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Additionally, sidewalk replacement has revealed a substructure owned by Con Edison. ConEd will conduct site visits to determine their next steps.  

Construction Update, June 11, 2014

Sidewalk replacement continues along Greene Street and Washington Place. Demolition is scheduled to begin in front of the entryway of 14 Washington Place on Friday, June 13, continuing along Washington Place for approximately one week. Residents will be able to enter and exit the building as work proceeds.

The sidewalk rehabilitation project is scheduled and expected to be completed in July, with progress depending upon weather and field conditions.

External work hours are 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Construction Update, May 26, 2014

Sidewalk replacement is scheduled to begin the first week of June and continue through July. Work will including demolishing sections of the sidewalk, waterproofing the substructure, and repaving the upper surfaces. Work will begin on Greene Street before proceeding to Washington Place, and the construction plan involves working on only one street at a time. Work hours will be 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Construction Update, May 9, 2014

Construction crews will demolish and remove interior floor slabs for approximately two days beginning Monday, May 12 at 9:00 am.  

Construction Update, April 30, 2014

Interior demolition has been completed. Construction is scheduled to begin the week of April 28, 2014.

In preparation for sidewalk repairs, the site's UPS drop box and USPS mailbox are scheduled to be temporary relocated to 15 Washington Place until early June. 

Sidewalk repairs are scheduled to begin in early May. 

Construction Update, March 21, 2014

Interior demolition is scheduled to begin Thursday, March 27 and last four weeks. 

Construction Update, March 13, 2014

Abatement, including minor interior demolition, is scheduled for the week of Monday, March 17. Work hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:30 pm. For more about NYU's abatement protocols, see our Construction FAQ.

Construction Update, February 14, 2014

Asbestos abatement is scheduled for Saturday, February 15, from 9:00 am- 5:00 pm. Work is interior, but debris bins will periodically be removed from the site and taken curbside.

Construction Update, February 5, 2014

Project details have been established, including work hours, the project timeline, and the scope of work. February will involve removal of furniture and minor debris and approximately one week of asbestos abatement.

Work hours


  • Monday - Friday
    7:00 am - 6:30 pm
  • Debris removal and sidewalk work will begin after 8:00 am.
  • Neighbors will be given advanced notice of night or weekend work.

Latest News

July 23 2014

Interior painting is scheduled for Saturday, July 26. Sidewalk rehabilitation is scheduled to finish in two weeks. An update regarding the courtyard repair work will be forthcoming.

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