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Toddler Playground

NYU will construct a .25-acre playground on the Silver Towers block (just a few feet north of the current location of Rocketship Park). At almost 11,000 square feet, this new playground will be nearly four times the size of the existing playarea and will contain a variety of play equipment, landscaping, and seating, including the incorporation of the existing circular concrete seating.

  • Timing: Design and construction of the playground will be completed during construction of the new Coles building.
  • Collaborators: The Landmark Preservation Commission approved the park location and concept in July 2011. Prior to construction of the playground, the final design will require additional review and approval by Landmarks.
  • Reference: Restrictive Declaration. 6.1, p. 81
  • Rendering: View an image of the rendering here. Prior to construction of the playground, LPC staff must approve final plans. 

Mercer-Houston Dog Run Relocation

NYU will relocate the existing dog run managed by the Mercer-Houston Dog Run Association (MHDRA) to an area of comparable size west of the Coles Redevelopment Project site on the Silver Towers block (the current location of Rocketship Park).

Updated 02/25/15: 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.

Updated 10/15/13: NYU and MHDRA are currently working through an agreement term sheet which is expected to be finalized by December 2013.

  • Timing: Construction of the dog run will be complete prior to the demolition of Coles Gym. An agreement between NYU and MHDRA memorializing the move to the new site is expected to be complete by December 2013.
  • Collaborators: The Landmark Preservation Commission approved the plan for new landscape improvements on the Silver Towers superblock in July 2011. Prior to construction of the dog run, LPC staff must approve final plans.
  • Reference: Restrictive Declaration. 6.1, p. 79
  • Rendering: View an image of the rendering here.

Sasaki Garden Site Improvements

NYU will make the Sasaki Garden more accessible to the public and increase public awarenes of the Garden by posting wayfinding signage.

Updated 9/15/13: The legal challenge which had put garden access on hold has been remanded to the NYS Dept of Housing and Community Renewal for further decision.

  • Timing: This commitment, made by NYU to Council Member Chin in July 2012, was scheduled to be complete within a year following the approvals. However, it has been put on hold pending the outcome of litigation related to public use of the garden.
  • Reference: NYU Letter to Council Member Margaret Chin, July 2012.

Bleecker Street Seating Area Site Improvements

NYU will work with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation to improve the public seating area on Bleecker Street between Mercer and LaGuardia, an area referred to as the "Bleecker Street Seating Area."

Updated 7/1/13: Design guidelines and goals are being shaped in collaboration with DPR and OSOO.


LaGuardia Temporary Playground

NYU will work with NYC Department of Parks and Recreation to construct a temporary playground on the southern part of the LaGuardia Plaza between Bleecker and W 3rd Streets.

Updated 7/1/13: Design guidelines and goals are being shaped in collaboration with DPR and OSOO.

  • Timing: Immediately after ULURP approval, with timing also subject to the obtaining of all required City approvals.
  • Collaborators: The general scope, design, and oversight of public approvals process will go through the Deptartment of Parks and Recreation. The Public Design Commission will review the final design.
  • Reference: Restrictive Declaration. 6.1, p. 79

Public School

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.

Updated 10/22/14: NYU extended the time period during which the NYC School Construction Authority (SCA) has the option to decide on the Bleecker Street site from the original 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.

Updated 1/24/13: NYU sent their second annual update letter to the SCA on December 12, 2013.
Updated 12/24/12: NYU sent their first annual update letter to the SCA on December 21, 2012.


Contact Us

Contact the Office of Government and Community Affairs (OGCA), NYU's primary liaison to the community. OGCA fields questions, addresses concerns, and disseminates information on a variety of University topics, ranging from free and public events to updates on construction projects.

25 W 4th Street, New York, NY 10012
212-998-2400 | community.affairs@nyu.edu

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