“NYU is optimistic about a positive ruling from the Court of Appeals and continues to believe fully in the project to add new facilities near its campus core."--NYU Spokesman John Beckman

“NYU was glad to have the opportunity to make its case today before New York’s highest court.

“The law in New York State holds that property can only be deemed ‘implied parkland’ by ‘unequivocal… and unmistakable intention,’ a standard that has served New York well for over 150 years. We are hopeful that the Court of Appeals will rule – as the Appellate Division unanimously did – in accord with that century and a half of precedent; will find that the record makes amply clear that the City repeatedly reaffirmed its intentions to keep the four small City-owned strips of land at the heart of this case as streets, not parkland; and will recognize the damaging public policy implications of reversing the Appellate Division, which would put at risk the future of thousands of temporary green spaces and recreational spaces in municipalities throughout the state.

“NYU is optimistic about a positive ruling from the Court of Appeals and continues to believe fully in the project to add new facilities near its campus core. The plan, which was overwhelmingly approved by the City Planning Commission and the City Council, will provide much-needed academic space that is vitally important to sustaining NYU’s academic excellence and to ensuring that our university can continue to contribute to New York’s cultural and intellectual life by attracting top scholars and students from around the world.”
 

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