The Blue Note Advocates for NYU 2031


Testimony of Marco Olivari, General Manager
On Behalf of Steven Bensusan, President
The Blue Note
Before the New York City Planning Commission
For the Public Hearing for the NYU Core and NYU 2031: NYU in NYC
April 25, 2012


Chair Burden and fellow Commissioners:

On behalf of Blue Note New York I want to express my support for the NYU 2031 Core Expansion Plan. Blue Note has been family owned and operated in Greenwich Village since 1981, and has partnered with NYU since it opened over 30 years ago.

Since the Blue Note's inception, it has become one ofthe premier jazz clubs in the world and a cultural institution in Greenwich Village. Over the years, Blue Note has been an economic engine for Greenwich Village, bringing in jazz fans from all over the world, and this is attributed in part to the strength of the relationship the business has with NYU.

NYU's students, faculty and staff have been tremendous contributors to the Blue Note's success. Each year the NYU community shows its support of the Blue Note through ticket sales, booking special events and through regular collaborations that showcase the talents of NYU's musicians. NYU has placed a high value on jazz and the programming we offer at the Blue Note for a number of years now, and I believe the Blue Note will continue to thrive as the University's 2031 expansion plan moves forward.

I urge you to support this plan as it is thoughtful, has been responsive to the community's needs, and is extremely important for both the University and the City. By building on their own property and not extending further into Greenwich Village, creating enhanced and more usable open space, and donating land for a future public school, the NYU plan serves the needs of both the University and the local community.

Thank you for your leadership, and I once again urge you to vote in favor of this plan.


Steven Bensusan


The Blue Note