Core Plan Commitments

In 2012, the New York City Council approved NYU’s Core Plan granting NYU permission to develop new facilities on the two superblocks bounded by West 3rd Street and Houston Street to the north and south, and by Mercer Street and Laguardia Place to the east and west. With the guidance of Council Member Margaret Chin and the City, NYU agreed that in addition to the approved plan, NYU would fulfill a series of commitments to the community. These commitments include enhancing spaces for public use, implementing construction mitigation measures, incorporating sustainability initiatives, and formalizing oversight procedures for construction and open space maintenance.

Visit the Construction on the Superblocks page for updates on construction projects related to the superblocks. Contact Community Engagement if you have further questions.

Bleecker Street Landscape

As a part of NYU's commitments to the community, NYU enhanced the public open spaces on LaGuardia Place between Bleecker Street and West 3rd Street (top right) and Bleecker Street between Mercer Street and LaGuardia (above).

LaGuardia Street Landscape

Mercer-Houston Dog Run Relocation

Above: A rendering of the relocated Mercer-Houston Street Dog Run, which is now located beside Silver Towers I (110 Bleecker Street).


181 Mercer Street

December 8, 2016

Read an update from NYU President Andy Hamilton about the 181 Mercer Street programming and design.

181 Mercer Street

July 19, 2016

The University is scheduled to commence the demolition of the Coles Sports and Recreation building this August. Visit the 181 Mercer Street construction page.

Creation of Construction Committee

July 15, 2016

With the guidance of Council Member Margaret Chin and the City, NYU agreed that in addition to the approved plan for the superblocks, NYU would fulfill a series of commitments to the community. One of these commitments requires the formation of a Construction Committee by either the Borough President or Community Board 2.

Borough President Gale Brewer elected to form the Committee with representatives from the local community and has invited her colleagues who represent the local area to join her. As part of the committee's formation, NYU has designated a liaison to participate in the committee and respond to any issues or concerns raised.

Open Spaces Update

May 20, 2016

Construction on the open spaces on Bleecker Street (between LaGuardia Place and Mercer Street) and on LaGuardia Place (between West 3rd Street and Bleecker Street) is complete. These spaces are now open to the public.

Mercer-Houston Dog Run Relocation

March 2, 2016

NYU relocated the dog run managed by the Mercer-Houston Dog Run Association (MHDRA) to the north side of Houston Street west of 181 Mercer Street (the Coles building). For more information about the dog run and membership options, visit

181 Mercer Street

February 11, 2016

This new building will provide space for the NYU community and surrounding neighbors, including a modern athletic facility, new classrooms, performing arts space, student and faculty housing, and approximately 7,500 gross square feet of space for a public atrium and community facility uses. Read more »

Public Space Maintenance and Operations Agreement Update

February 3, 2016

NYU has executed a maintenance and operations agreement with the Department of Parks and Recreation for the maintenance and operations obligations for the public open spaces on the superblocks.

The Opening of 404 Lafayette Street and the Closing of Coles

January 25, 2016

Read updates about the opening of 404 Lafayette Street and the closing of Coles.

Independent Construction Monitor

January 15, 2016

With the approval of the Department of City Planning, Henningson, Durham & Richardson Architecture and Engineering, P.C. (HDR) has been retained as the independent third party monitor for the 181 Mercer Street project. HDR will oversee the implementation and performance of NYU’s commitments and project components related to mitigation, monitoring, and the environment, as set forth in the Restrictive Declaration. Learn more about how we plan to minimize the effects of dust, noise, and traffic in the vicinity of the site.

Update on Window Replacements

January 12, 2016

The installation of new double pane windows and PTAC (provide air conditioning and heating) units are complete at Silver Towers.

Update on Public School Commitments

December 20, 2015

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, 2018, and commence construction by July 31, 2020. 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 fourth annual update letter to the SCA on December 17, 2015.

Update on Bleecker Street and LaGuardia Place Landscapes

November 16, 2015

Project details for the open space enhancement projects have been set. Click here for details about the Bleecker Street Landscape project. Click here for details about the LaGuardia Place Landscape project.

Update on Purchasing Memberships to the NYU Fitness Network

November 16, 2015

Click here to read memorandums about how to purchase spring 2016 memberships to the NYU Fitness Network.

Update on Window Replacements

November 2, 2015

The installation of new double pane windows and air conditioning covers are complete at WSV; the noise mitigation work at Silver Towers is on-going with the installation of new double pane windows and PTAC units - expected completion is early 2016.

Update on Bleecker Street and LaGuardia Place Landscapes

October 6, 2015

The Public Design Commission approved the design of the Bleecker Street and LaGuardia Place Landscapes on October 5, 2015. See PDC presentation given by the Department of Transportation here. The project is currently in pre-construction planning.

Update on NYU's Interim Fitness and Athletics Plan

September 21, 2015

Click here to read memorandums about how NYU is meeting fitness and athletic needs during the building of the new NYU gym.

Update on the Coles Redevelopment

July 29, 2015

Click here to read a memorandum to the University community about what to expect in the coming months.

Regarding the Court of Appeals Decision on the NYU Core Plan

July 2, 2015

On June, 30, New York State's highest court, the Court of Appeals, ruled in favor of NYU and the City of New York. The ruling clears the way for the University to proceed with the Core Plan project, beginning with the Coles redevelopment -- a new mixed use academic building that will allow NYU to meet its pressing space needs and sustain our academic momentum into the future.

  • Read a Memorandum to the University community from President John Sexton  

Silver Towers Window Replacement 

April 28, 2015

NYU will begin replacing single-paned windows with new double-paned windows in its 100 and 110 Bleecker Street buildings. New PTAC (provide air conditioning and heating) units, insulation, and other sound-attenuating materials will also be installed in new metal cabinet covers in apartments. This initiative is part of NYU's commitment to mitigate noise related to local construction for tenants.

In advance of the start of work, we have posted details about the project's scope and timeframe to the NYU Construction Page.

Update on the Mercer-Houston Dog Run Relocation

February 25, 2015

Dog Run Canine Consultation

NYU and the MHDRA finalized a design for the Association's new dog run, which will be located in the existing Rocketship Play Area in the Silver Towers complex. The design has been sent to the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission for review.

Announcements from 2014

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