The faculty of the Center for Neural Science wishes to register its opposition to the proposed NYU 2031 development plan.
We are concerned that it will have a negative impact on the academic mission of the university. We are concerned that it will impede in the foreseeable future NYU's ability to recruit new faculty and create a prolonged assault on the living and work environment of current faculty and students.
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 uncertainty. We are deeply concerned about the lack of exposure of financial specifics and the absence of adequate consultation with the faculty.
We are concerned that NYU students --- already among the most indebted in the nation --- will almost certainly bear the burden of footing the expansion bill in the form of increased tuition and other fees.
We believe that the execution of the 2031 plan will result in an irreparable rift with our community neighbors, and that their right to shape the destiny of Greenwich Village should be respected.