We, the faculty of the Department of Performance Studies, unanimously
oppose the NYU 2031 expansion plan in its current form. 40% of NYU
faculty lives in the superblocks. While we are committed to working
towards a shared future, we are concerned that the disruption caused by
construction near Washington Square Village and Silver Towers will have
serious adverse effects on the retention and recruitment of excellent
We also have concerns that extend beyond the direct negative impact the
2031 expansion will have on the tenants of those buildings. These
concerns include the following:
Even as we resolutely oppose the 2031 expansion plan, as committed
members of the Tisch community, we also recognize that Tisch is facing
pressing and very specific space needs for studios, classrooms, and
offices. We are sympathetic to these concerns and needs. The current form
of the 2031 plan, however, would involve the immiseration of so many
members of the university community, at Tisch and elsewhere, both faculty
and students. It also puts the financial stability of the university as a
whole at risk. We believe that other models for expanding the university
have not been adequately considered, nor have faculty been sufficiently
consulted in this process university- or school-wide. The 2031 plan in its
current form comes at much too high a price, literally and figuratively."
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 concerned that NYU students – already among the most indebted in
the nation – will end up shouldering the burden of the expansion's huge
bill in the form of increased tuition and other fees.
We believe that the execution of the 2031 plan will cause an
irreparable rift with our community neighbors and that their right to
shape the destiny of Greenwich Village should be respected.
We are concerned about the health risks that such continuous
construction will have on the tenants of the surrounding buildings
(Washington Square Village, Silver Towers), particularly the young and the
senior citizens who live there.
We are concerned about the ecological degradation of lower Manhattan, a
city with very little green space left.