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Core Plan Commitments

In 2012, the New York City Council approved NYU’s Core Plan, granting a zoning envelope within which the University will be able to construct new facilities. As a condition of the Core Plan, and with the guidance of Council Member Margaret Chin and Community Board 2, NYU is answering a number of community needs, called Core Commitments. The Core Commitments categories include: Community Facility Spaces, Open Spaces, Neighborhood Amenities, Sustainable Solutions, Oversight and Planning, and Construction.

Because the superblocks encompass quite a large area, and because NYU will be redeveloping the Coles site in the coming years, a number of maintenance operations, public space beautification projects, and infrastructural improvements will be necessary on their grounds and facilities. Visit the Construction on the Superblocks and the Coles Site Redevelopment pages for updates on these projects.


Open Space

Latest News and Announcements


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 mercerhoustondogrun.org.


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 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.


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

The canines have been consulted and the verdict is unanimous!

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.


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Update on the Coles Site: Selection of the Architects

December 17, 2014

On December 17, the University announced the selection of an outstanding architectural partnership—Davis Brody Bond and Kieran Timberlake—to design the new facility that will be built where the Coles Sports Center currently stands.

We are proud that NYU joins a list of remarkable assignments undertaken by this team, including the 9/11 Memorial Museum, the U.S. Embassy in London, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the 1983-2006 restoration and expansion of the New York Public Library.

Silver Towers Window Replacement

October 22, 2014

The measurement phase of the Silver Towers Window Replacement Project has been scheduled to begin in November. Residents can use this online form to confirm their measurement appointment or grant permission for the measuring team to enter their apartments.

Update on Public School Commitments

October 21, 2014

On October 21, the University extended the time period during which the NYC School Construction Authority (SCA) has the option to decide on the Bleecker Street site. NYU has extended the current deadline of December 31, 2014 to December 31, 2018.

If the SCA does indicate to the University that it intends to move forward with the project, construction must commence by July 31, 2020.

Update on the Redevelopment of the Coles Sports and Recreation Site

October 15, 2014

On October 14, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court issued its decision and affirmed the validity of the approvals process for our project and overturned the lower court's ruling that some parcels of land abutting proposed new facilities constituted implied parkland.

The Court's decision makes clear that NYU has the legal right to proceed with developing a building that fulfills the Working Group's recommendations, which call for a mixed-use building to include classrooms, student study and meeting spaces, a new athletic facility, academic spaces for the performing arts, student residences, and faculty housing.

Read the memorandum sent by President John Sexton Executive Vice President for Operations Alison Leary about the Redevelopment project.

Construction on the Superblocks

October 9, 2014

To make navigation easier, we have created a page for all construction projects, big and small, which take place on the superblocks.


Silver Towers Window Replacement

September 29, 2014

Read a letter from NYU Executive Vice President Alison Leary about the upcoming window replacement project at Silver Towers.

Washington Square Village Window Replacement

September 10, 2014

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

Washington Square Village Window Replacement

July 14, 2014

To begin the project, measurements have been scheduled this month for all WSV apartments. Residents can use this online form to confirm their measurement appointment or grant permission for the measuring team to enter their apartments.

Washington Square Village Window Replacement

July 1, 2014

NYU will begin replacing all single-paned windows with new double-paned windows in its Washington Square Village apartments. All built-in air conditioning units will also be insulated and sealed, and have special sound-attenuating interior covers installed around them. This initiative is part of NYU's commitment to mitigate noise related to local construction for tenants. Additionally, the installations will dramatically lessen the facility's environmental impact and increase its resiliency in ways benefiting both residents and neighbors.

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."

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 »


Washington Square Village Community Facility Update

February 12, 2014

New community facilities have been completed at Washington Square Village.

  • Classes have begun at the Creative Steps Early Child Care Center. Enrollment is currently ongoing.
  • Visiting Neighbors is open and serving clients from their new office space.
  • Meeting and activity space has been provided for the WSV Tenants Association.
  • A large ground floor studio has been retrofitted for use as playspace for tenant families.

Learn more »

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 »


Open Space Oversight Committee Recommendations

January 15, 2014

OSOO members held two stakeholder meetings and one public forum in November 2013. In mid December, OSOO members presented recommedations based on these meetings to the landscape architects. Learn more, or explore their recommendations.


Regarding the Legal Decision on Elements of the NYU Core Plan

January 10, 2014

On January 7, a judge issued a ruling in the lawsuit seeking to overturn the City approvals that NYU received to build, over the coming decades, new University facilities on the Silver Towers and Washington Square Village blocks.

Read the memorandum from the NYU Office of the General Counsel to the NYU community in response to the judge's decision »


View Updates from 2013

MWLBE Plan Utilization

November 1, 2013

Certain details of NYU's MWLBE Utilitization Plan, focusing on the inclusion of minority-owned, female-owned, and locally-owned Business enterprises, have been finalized. Learn more about our MWLBE plan »

Open Space Oversight Committee Timeline

October 1, 2013

The members of the Open Space Oversight Organization requested a three-month extension of the proposed September 15, 2013 date to December 15 to provide feedback on open space concept ideas to NYU. Learn more about the OSOO »

Updated Core Plan Fact Sheet

September 18, 2013

We've posted an up-to-date fact sheet on the NYU Core Plan. You'll find it a useful guide to the Core Plan's background, the shape of the project as approved, the features required by the City as components of the approval, the process going forward, and what’s happening now. Explore this and other materials in our Documents and Downloads section »

Open Space Oversight Organization Meeting

September 13, 2013

Earlier this summer, NYU provided the OSOO with initial design concepts for areas along LaGuardia Place, Bleecker Street, and Mercer Street for group members to review with their constituencies. The University asked that the OSOO provide written feedback, based on their constituent interactions, by September 15, 2013 in order to move forward with the design process in a timely manner. Learn more »

WSV Community Facility Construction

August 15, 2013

Construction has begun in Washington Square Village 4 for Creative Steps, and in Washington Square Village 3 for Visiting Neighbors. Both sites are expected to be completed by the end of the year. Learn more »

Update on Commitments

June 12, 2013

Washington Square Village (WSV) Community Facility: NYU has begun renovations in 4 WSV to create a 6,000-square-foot children's daycare, directed of Creative Steps/University Settlement, and in 3 WSV to create a 900-square foot home for Visiting Neighbors. See more »

Open Spaces and Parkland: A legal challenge which had impeded NYU from carrying out commitments at the Sasaki Garden has been dismissed, and a study is currently underway to establish next steps. In the immediate term, improvements such as the renovation of the fountain are underway. Regarding commitments at LMNOP, the Bleecker Street Seating Area, and the LaGuardia Temporary Playground, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and the sites’ architects are setting up meetings with the Open Space Oversight Organization (OSOO) to establish next steps. See more »

OSOO: New York State has confirmed the OSOO's not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) status, and the group held an organizational meeting on May 1, 2013. See more »

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