The faculty members of the Department of History oppose the proposed
NYU 2031 development, which we believe will have a negative impact on the
academic mission of the university and NYU's standing in the Greenwich
- We are deeply concerned about the lack of information regarding
financial specifics and the absence of adequate consultation with the
- We are concerned that it will hamper NYU's ability to recruit new
faculty and that the disruption in working and living environments will
impel current faculty who are moveable to seek positions elsewhere.
We are not persuaded that the declared rationale for the plan
(NYU students need more space) presents sufficient grounds for
launching a costly building campaign in a time of chronic economic
We are concerned that NYU students --- already among the most indebted in
the nation --- will have to bear the burden of footing the
expansion bill in the form of increased tuition and other fees, and
increased enrollments that will increase class-size and dilute the
quality and diversity of the undergraduate student body
- We believe that the execution of the 2031 plan will result in an
irreparable rift with our community neighbors. Given the historic
character of Greenwich Village, it is especially crucial that the sense of
the community be considered.
- We recognize the need for more space and strongly recommend that the
NYU Administration should go back to the drawing board and consult faculty
about how much, what kind and where any expansion should take place.