Saturday, June 30, 2012

Village-y

I saw The Columnist this week, which, though brimming with good lines, had no y words worth mentioning. What was so interesting about the play was how one of its great moments of exoneration echoed the great moment of exoneration in Other Desert Cities. Both plays go to bat for America.

Before The Columnist, I had dinner at the Century Club (for how many years have macaroons been offered at dessert?), which had perhaps one y word of note: Fourty. It appeared in a display of letters from the Century's joke documents from a time capsule of 1912.

Today there's an article in the Times, Vivian Lee's piece "Fighting N.Y.U. Expansion Plan With Star Power," which uses Matthew Broderick to bring attention to an issue that well-nigh breaks my heart, especially as an alumna of NYU: the expansion plan known as N.Y.U. 2031.

Matthew Broderick, a bona fide Villager (born on West Ninth, raised on Washington Square North, and a resident all his years but one) described NYU's expansion over the years, "I watched those sterile new buildings go up. There's nothing wrong with the buildings, but they're not very Village-y."

That's right. They're not.

If only NYU's leaders would don better eye glasses.

(By the way, I'd like to know exactly where Julie Menin stands on the NYU expansion plan, as well as on the rezoning of Chelsea Market.)

It's bad enough Cuomo is poised to make drinking water hazardous to our health. 

Now we're not even going to be able to find respite and beauty in the Village?

If I were a cartoonist, I would draw NYU's leaders and the City Planning Commission as a gaggle of grim reapers hammering the last few nails into a coffin shaped like the island of Manhattan. 

In fact, by NYU’s own studies it will place entire streets in perpetual shadow, 
it will create a 1 million sq’ excavation pit and
 multiple high rise towers
 shoehorned btwn apartment buildings, add
 30 years of construction dust and debris
–It will destroy
 acres of vegetation on currently zoned open space,
it will fell every tree, of which there are currently hundreds. It will alienate
 one of NYC first community gardens and it will destroy several
 community maintained playgrounds. Approval will 
overturn covenants protecting the residential use,
 and change the character Greenwich Village forever.

Just one of many comments [line fiddling mine] about the NYU plan,
this one in response to a Curbed article, 
"NYU Opponents Gather to Pre-Mourn Sasaki Garden"





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