A landscape is any outdoor space, planted or not. NYU has a great variety of urban landscapes that link academic and housing facilities here in Greenwich Village. NYU Landscaping is responsible for the design, installation, and maintenance of outdoor spaces enjoyed by NYU and the surrounding community.
Did you know you don’t have to leave NYU’s campus to see a Tulip tree, a Sweetgum, American hornbeam, or European Beech tree? You can even see, right here at NYU, a rare plant like Dutchman’s Breeches, which was identified by the Weilikia Project as being present on Manhattan Island before European settlement back in 1609!
Part of the vitality of today’s cities has come from a new view of ecology—urban ecology, which recognizes that cities are natural systems with the potential for making urban life more livable through new efforts to enhance nature in the urban realm. New York City, a world leader in this field since the construction of Central Park in the 19th Century, remains at the cutting edge of landscape design with sites like the Highline, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Gantry Plaza, Hudson River Park, and Battery Park City Parks.
Staying true to its founder’s vision of a university “in and of the city,” NYU—which has no walls and no gates—remains inextricable from the fabric of New York City.
In accordance with the University's motto, "a private university in the public service," NYU Landscaping serves both the University community and the historic neighborhood of Greenwich Village by designing, installing, and maintaining the urban landscapes that welcome people to the Washington Square campus. Our objective is to unify our eclectic campus with green spaces that combine the aims of urban restoration ecology with high aesthetic standards in design. We seek a deserving place for NYU within the time-honored horticultural tradition of Greenwich Village while keeping pace with the exciting new trends that make New York City a world model for high performance urban landscapes. NYU Landscaping aims to reflect the values of a global research university engaged in public service.
NYU's graceful green spaces do more than beautify our campus—they also provide countless passersby a brief respite from the grueling pace of city life. On this contemplative tour of the small plots tucked between NYU buildings, Supervisor of Landscaping George Reis explains how plants bring quiet dignity to an urban existence.
The NYU Landscaping is committed to adding an ecological dimension to Washington Square campus garden areas. To achieve this, the NYU Landscaping has implementing the following sustainable gardening practices:
NYU sustainable landscaping offers positive environmental and health benefits to the University community as well as the surrounding Greenwich Village neighborhood. Through the efficient use of local resources and sustainable gardening practices, the NYU Landscaping has contributed to the reduction of air, noise, and water pollution in the Washington Square area.