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.

Announcements from 2015

Announcements from 2014

Announcements from 2013