The German Department recognizes the critical need of NYU for increased space for its instructional and research mission. We also recognize importance of efficient and carefully considered use of the land it does own, in relation to the complexities and cost of expansion on land it does not own.

Nonetheless, on July 9, 2012, the German Department faculty voted unanimously to express our concerns regarding the NYU 2031 plan for expansion on the "superblocks" between West 3rd and Houston Streets for the reasons given below. As responsible citizens and discerning scholars, we make the following points that need to be addressed with continued respect and thoughtful vigilance: